Indigenous Perspectives Society

Gladue Report Training



This online learning experience provides participants with the necessary skills, background and legal knowledge to enable writers to function with confidence working with the Gladue Report process and as a Gladue Report Writer in the Canadian criminal justice system.

IPS is offering this training in collaborative partnership with Dr. Jane Dickson, Associate Law and Legal Studies Professor at Carleton University.

Gladue Report Training teaches participants:

  • The law pertaining to Gladue rights
  • The structure and function of Canadian criminal courts, including trial and sentencing processes
  • The required content of Gladue reports including proper composition, structure, referencing and presentation of reports
  • How to construct good recommendations for the court; and prepare for examination of the report and the writer in court

Participants receive an understanding of the importance of story-telling as healing, the role of historic trauma, historic trauma responses, and intergenerational effects in the over-representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system.

Participants obtain resources and learn research skills to assist in crafting good reports and recommending viable and appropriate sentencing.

Gladue Report Training is asynchronous, with each module available to study at your own pace. The mandatory Adobe Connect sessions completing each module have multiple time options to accommodate most schedules.

Participants must watch all online lectures and attend virtual discussion groups for each of the five instructional modules. Participants are required to complete all evaluation components in order to receive a passing grade in this training.

To become Certified, participants must attain a grade of B or better, and they must apply to complete the certification process.

Study is a combination of:

  • 7.5 hours of online lecture
  • 7.5 hours of virtual discussion groups
  • 2 hours assessment (interview skills, oral presentation of mock Gladue report)

Approximate total: 10 hours of reading and 15-20 hours for completion of assignments

Certification includes: 5-10 hours Gladue Skills Assessment consisting of 2 parts:

  1. Completion of the mock Gladue report to an appropriate standard
  2. Close mentorship of the Gladue writer by the lead trainer through two actual Gladue reports

Approximate total: 10 hours of reading and 15-20 hours for completion of assignments


  • Length: 5 modules over 10 weeks plus skills assessment
  • Cost: $1800


  • Length: 5 modules over 10 weeks
  • Cost: $1400

Next Training Session: October 2, 2017

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