Jamie Gladue 19-year-old Aboriginal woman stabbed & killed her partner during an argument in which he had taunted her with his infidelities.

Cory and Iacobucci JJ said in Gladue [para no]

  • the focus [of the new Canadian sentencing aims] is upon the restorative goals of repairing the harms suffered by individual victims and by the community as a whole, promoting a sense of responsibility and an acknowledgment of the harm caused on the part of the offender, and attempting to rehabilitate or heal the offender.
  • ‘restorative sentencing goals do not usually correlate with the use of prison as a sanction’


Citation: R v Gladue, [1999] 1 SCR 688.