There are many reasons for the problems that Aboriginal people have with the justice system.Repeatedly, for example, we were told that one major problem which contributed to Aboriginal over-representation in the justice system was the socio-economic conditions faced by Aboriginal people throughout the province.
However, we agree with Aboriginal people who told us that it is not enough simply to acknowledge the role that poverty and its accompanying social conditions play in the over-representation of the Aboriginal poor in the justice system.
Historically, Aboriginal people have not received justice from the government.
Their experience at the hands of the current legal system has been only slightly more positive.
Legally, being Native American is defined as being enrolled in a federally recognized tribe or Alaskan village.
These entities establish their own membership rules, and they vary. Ethnologically, factors such as culture, history, language, religion, and familial kinships can influence Native American identity.