|Title:||Real Justice: Convicted for Being Mi'kmaq, The Story of Donald Marshall Jr.|
|Supplier:||Formac Publishing Company Limited|
|Origin:||C - Canadian|
|Notes:||When a black teen was murdered in a Sydney, Cape Breton, park late one night, his young companion, Donald Marshall Jr., became a prime suspect. Sydney police coached two teens to testify against Donald, which helped convict him of a murder he did not commit. He spent 11 years in prison until he finally got a lucky break. Not only was he eventually acquitted of the crime, but a royal commission inquiry into his wrongful conviction found that a non-aboriginal youth would not have been convicted in the first place.
Donald became a First Nations activist and later won a landmark court case in favour of native fishing rights. He was often referred to as the "reluctant hero" of the Mi'kmaq community.
This resource uses dialogue based on official court transcripts and witness statements.
This resource contains language which, used out of the context of the novel, could be offensive. Teachers should use their professional judgement when using this resource with students.
|Real Justice: Convicted for Being Mi'kmaq, The Story of Donald Marshall Jr. - Kristina Swan|
|Resource Type:||Student/Teacher Resource - Atlantic Canada|