Real Justice: Convicted for Being Mi'kmaq

Real Justice: Convicted for Being Mi'kmaq

By Bill Swan (CA)

Publisher: Lorimer

9781459404397

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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.

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About the Author: BILL SWAN has worked as a journalism teacher, editor and newspaper columnist. He has written eleven books for children. Mud Run was nominated for a Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award and Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death is shortlisted for the 2013 Red Maple Non Fiction Award. He lives in Courtice, Ontario with his wife and daughter.


Language: eng

184 pages

Publication Date: 20130301

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  • Atlantic Books in Schools
  • Grade Range: 10-12
  • NSSBB Authorized Learning Resource
  • Social Studies
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