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Sentenced to sovereignty: sentencing, sovereignty, and identity in the Nunavut Court of Justice.

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dc.contributor.author Gevikoglu, Jeanette
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-04T18:49:19Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011-10-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/3588
dc.description.abstract In Canada, sentencing has been the target of reforming the criminal justice system with a view to alleviating the over-representation of indigenous people in the criminal justice system and the historic injustice perpetuated against indigenous communities through colonialism. My thesis explores how sentencing decisions from the Nunavut Court of Justice construct and shape Inuit identity in Nunavut. My research analyzes the sentencing decisions of the Nunavut Court of Justice since its creation in 1999. Using selected sentencing decisions as case studies, I interrogate how the Court uses notions of “Inuit”, “Inuit culture”, and “Nunavut”, both implicitly and explicitly. I show how rather than a tool for alleviating the historic injustice perpetuated against indigenous people through colonialism and systemic racism, the sentencing process perpetuates historic injustice through constructing binary, essentialized notions of Inuit identity. The consequences affect both the criminal justice system and the realization of indigenous self-determination. I conclude that as a result the Nunavut Court of Justice exemplifies an intractable dilemma facing the criminal justice system for indigenous people that sentencing reforms cannot solve. I suggest new ways of imagining criminal justice and indigenous self-determination that provide hope for a way out of the intractable dilemma. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Sentencing en_US
dc.subject Criminal Law en_US
dc.subject Nunavut en_US
dc.subject Indigenous en_US
dc.subject Inuit en_US
dc.subject Aboriginal en_US
dc.subject Identity en_US
dc.subject Sovereignty en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.title Sentenced to sovereignty: sentencing, sovereignty, and identity in the Nunavut Court of Justice. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Berger, Benjamin L.
dc.degree.department Faculty of Law en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Laws LL.M en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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