Timeline of Injustice

Wrongful convictions are a particular form of injustice or miscarriage of justice. They are particularly concerning because the criminal justice system makes special efforts to avoid convictions if there is a reasonable doubt as to the accused's culpability or if the accused is only probably guilty. While wrongful convictions are not the only form of injustice, they are often shaped by other forms of injustice including inequality, racism, and fear of “the other”. In what follows, we provide a timeline of some of the more important injustices in Canada, including possible wrongful convictions that have not been recognized by the Canadian state, and milestones in recognition of injustices, including wrongful convictions.