401 N. Cumberland Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A 4P7
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F. 807-344-8945
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To develop a sense of Native community in the City of Thunder Bay with opportunities for involvement and control by community members in addressing the issues that affect their lives.

The Gladue Services Program (Writer and Aftercare)

620 Victoria Ave East, 2nd floor
Thunder Bay, ON P7C 1A9

Are you Aboriginal & being sentenced for a crime?

A Gladue Report may help you and your case

In 1999, the Supreme Court of Canada released the Gladue Decision:

  • Helps Judges understand the background of an Aboriginal person
  • Judge’s sentence may not always mean going to jail for the crime committed
  • Helps Judges and other people in the judicial system understand section 718.2 (e) of the criminal code

What is a Gladue Report?

The intent of a Gladue Report is to provide information to the court – for sentencing purposes – regarding the life circumstances of an Aboriginal offender.

  • History of you and your family
  • Education and any Residential Schooling Experiences
  • Racism and/or Discrimination
  • Poverty and Employment History
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Addictions
  • Criminal History
  • Culture Healing and/or Treatment Plan
  • Any other relevant information

How does the Gladue Aftercare worker assist me?

A Gladue Aftercare Worker supports the development of Gladue recommendations, assists clients receiving a Gladue Report to meet sentencing conditions, assists with completing referrals as necessary, advocates for clients with service providers and supports clients with other particular needs.

Are Gladue Reports Available for Bail Hearings?

YES!  Gladue Reports for Bail Hearings are available to assist you.

We urge you to talk to your lawyer, Duty Counsel or a Courtworker at your first appearance in court and tell them that you would like a Gladue Report at your Bail Hearing.

How do I request a Gladue Report?

  • Talk to your Lawyer and tell him/her you would like a Gladue Report
  • Tell the Crown or Judge that you would like a Gladue Report

Once approved, a minimum of 30-60 days is required to complete a Gladue Report.


Request a Gladue Report:



    The Gladue Service Writer will acknowledge receipt of completed requests within 2-3 business days. If you do not receive notice of receipt please follow up by phone or email. The Gladue Service Program reserves the right to determine eligibility criteria. For more information please contact: Gladue Services Writer at (807) 345-5840.


    • The Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre will only consider preparing a Gladue Report after a client has pled guilty or was found guilty after trial.
    • A Gladue Report will only be prepared after the Crown’s initial position on sentence is known.
    • A Gladue Report will only be completed for those clients where Thunder Bay is their primary residence.
    • A Gladue Report will only be prepared for clients who have consented.
    • The Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre will give priority for Gladue reports to those clients that are facing six months or more in custody. We will also give priority for Gladue Reports to Aboriginal women.
    • Upon receipt of the request for Gladue Report and if the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre has approved a request for the completion of a Gladue Report, it cannot be assumed the report will be available on the date agreed upon.
    • Due to caseload priority, the completion of a Gladue Report Request Form does not preclude that a report will be completed.
    • Gladue Reports are produced in accordance with the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling in R. v Gladue (1999), specifically pertaining to the interpretation of section 718.2(e) of the Criminal Code, which directs the courts to consider the background and systemic factors of Aboriginal offenders and alternative sanctions to imprisonment.
    • Special Note: The Gladue Writer works in partnership with a Gladue Aftercare worker who provides assistance in completing tasks related to Gladue recommendations and services.

Gladue Report Documents