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White Privilege and the Making of Canada’s Injustice System: Setting Precedent for Inequitable Treatment in the Courtroom, Vancouver Island, 1860-1873

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dc.contributor.advisor Luby, Brittany
dc.contributor.author Midolo, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-21T19:27:54Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-21T19:27:54Z
dc.date.copyright 2020-05
dc.date.created 2020-05-07
dc.date.issued 2020-05-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/17951
dc.description.abstract Canada has a longstanding history of racialized and discriminatory practices against the Indigenous population dating back to the first European invasion. During the establishment of British law on Vancouver Island, “whiteness as right-ness” was woven into the fabric of the developing justice system. Specifically, in the case of murder trials, white assailants were privileged within the courtroom, often evading the death penalty, while Indigenous assailants were hanged for related crimes. Through a careful examination of Chief Justice David Cameron's, Chief Justice Joseph Needham's, and Judge Augustus Frederik Pemberton's records, discriminatory treatment in the courtroom is revealed. These men, in tandem with the juries, oversaw the first courtrooms in Victoria, BC, from 1860-1873, and they treated Indigenous assailants more harshly than white assailants. Their records reveal that discriminatory practices in Canadian courtrooms date back to their formation. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject legal history en_US
dc.subject Indigenous en_US
dc.subject Canadian history en_US
dc.subject criminal justice system en_US
dc.subject British Columbia en_US
dc.subject Vancouver Island en_US
dc.subject courtroom en_US
dc.subject white privilege en_US
dc.subject racism en_US
dc.subject discriminatory practise en_US
dc.subject colonialism en_US
dc.subject 19th century en_US
dc.title White Privilege and the Making of Canada’s Injustice System: Setting Precedent for Inequitable Treatment in the Courtroom, Vancouver Island, 1860-1873 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme History en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of History en_US
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