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‘New justice experience’ for Indigenous people in Nova Scotia

Friday, September 07, 2018 @ 10:54 AM | By Donalee Moulton

When lawyers arrive for court each Wednesday in Wagmatcook, Cape Breton, they make their way down corridors lined with original works from three Indigenous artists, past signage in two languages, English and Mi’kmaw, and head to the courtroom in time for the opening Smudging ceremony. Then the lawyers take their seats — at a circular bench.

Canada’s first Indigenous court is now in session in Wagmatcook First Nation. “This is unique in Canada,” said Judge Laurie Halfpenny MacQuarrie, who presides over the court.

The new court...