Young Offenders Act In Canada. Speaks of why it should be changed, and the the reasons and actions taken

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The subject of young offenders in our troubled society has been one

that has generated many hours of thought and meditation for

concerned members. It is felt by many that the change needed in the

area of delinquency within the First Nations culture is to overcome the

effects of colonization and this must begin with the youth. It is with the

youth that the future of the culture lies.

There has been extensive research done in this area and

although much of the material is not directed at one specific culture in

society, the facts remain that it is a problem that is growing in

epidemic proportions. Many of the programs that exist in society today

do not address the problems associated with young offenders of

specific cultures. Although the trend is moving in a direction that

addresses programs for specific cultural groups much more emphasis

must be put on these programs.

For First Nations youth that are locked into the juvenile system,

there must be alternative treatment programs made available that

deal with the problems associated with the colonization process that

generations of First Nations people have been subjected to. The

process of decolonization will only be achieved through education,

understanding, and perseverance, and this can only be achieved by

First Nations people working with First Nations people.

As indicated earlier much research has been done on the

problems associated with young offenders and the current treatment

programs. In the following research some of the most recent and

important pieces have been used and to eliminate repetition much has

been deemed unnecessary.


Cooke, David J., Baldwin, Pamela J., Howison, Jacqueline. (1990).

Psychology in Prisons. London: Routledge.

In the second chapter of this book the authors explain in detail

the psychology of criminal behavior and how it develops at...