Gladue Report Writing Certificate

The purpose of the Gladue Report Writing Certificate Program is to prepare students to apply a Gladue approach to plan, organize, write, and present Gladue Reports to assist the Canadian Judicial System in making well informed decisions with the goal of addressing over-incarceration of First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and Non-Status Peoples. Taught by Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow (IndiGenius & Associates) who is a proud Ojibway and member of the Whitefish First Nation Indian Band of Manitoulin Island. He has over 25 years’ experience working in Social Services. The next intake will be scheduled as soon as there is enough interest; at present the program is scheduled for winter 2020. If you are interested in being added to our an interest list or for more information, please email Program Coordinator at
Program Status:
Accepting applications

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
2020 Part-Time and can be completed in one year. Maximum time for completion is 3 years. Certificate Downtown, Online Part-time

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Program Description

Program Description

Student learning is evaluated in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, presentations, individual and group projects, exams, research, assignments, lab work and portfolios. Students will also engage in peer and self-assessment and reflective practice.

Students must achieve a minimum grade of C to successfully complete each course to achieve the credential.

The Gladue Report Writing program is an applied program where students learn and practice hands-on skills. Attendance at all face-to-face classes is important in order to complete the program successfully.

Students that successfully complete all 18 credits will receive a Certificate in Glade Report Writing. Students that complete the first five (5) courses (9 credits total) can choose to exit the program with a Short Certificate in Gladue Report Writing.

Courses are delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online instructional activities including, but not limited to, lectures, seminars, group discussion and activities, demonstrations, guest lectures, videos, clinical simulations, and field trips. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the Gladue approach to write a holistic, individualized, and objective Gladue report that assists the Canadian Judicial System in making well-informed decisions
  2. Apply a narrative and trauma-informed approach to gather, analyze, and communicate information for a Gladue Report
  3. Identify and describe the legal history and legislation informing Gladue rights
  4. Act professionally and ethically as a Gladue Writer
  5. Explain the impact of colonialism on Indigenous peoples and their relationship with the Canadian Judicial System

Short Certificate Exit: After successfully completing the first five courses of the program (GLDU 1201-1209), students will have the option of exiting the program with the Gladue Report Writing Short Certificate (9.0 Credits).

Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: or 604.443.8600.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
Admission Requirements

  • English 12 with a C+ or equivalent
  • Letter of intent
  • Successful interview with the Program Coordinator based on criteria reflecting the recommended student characteristics
  • Note: To participate in capstone/practicum you may need security clearance

    Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

    PLAR is available for some courses and will be assessed by the Department according to standardized practice and using one or more of the following components: challenge exam, demonstration, interview, or external evaluation.

Course Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

The purpose of the Gladue Report Writing Certificate program is to prepare students to apply a Gladue approach to plan, organize, write, and present Gladue Reports to assist the Canadian Judicial System in making well informed decisions with the goal of addressing over-incarceration of First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and Non-Status Peoples.

Join us for an information session at VCC’s Downtown campus, 200-block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.

Date Day Time Room Location
December 3, 2019 Tuesday 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 412 Downtown
January 7, 2020 Tuesday 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. TBA Downtown

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Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


This program is application based. Before you register in any of the courses listed below, please ensure you have applied and been accepted to the program. Apply to the program now.

No courses are currently scheduled for this Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2019 (201993) term.
Please check upcoming schedules or course listing.

Upcoming schedules for Continuing Studies Jan-Mar20 Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2020 Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2020 term(s) are in process.
Please check back regularly.

Capturing the Sacred Story (GLDU 1207)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Gladue Report Capstone (GLDU 1211)
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9.0 credits N/A
Gladue Report Writing (GLDU 1209)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Impacts of Colonization (GLDU 1203)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Indigenous People and the CJS (GLDU 1205)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Professionalism Gladue Writing (GLDU 1201)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits N/A

Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.

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