The newsletter articles were published between and by the Native Law Centre of Canada, located at the University of Saskatchewan. The book is accessible to non-Native and non-Canadian readers thanks to a list of abbreviations and Canadian terms.
The description of traditional justice will appeal to those who find current legal systems inadequate and those who would like to see increasing attention paid to community as an antidote to the impersonal forces that seem to determine our lives from afar. The traditional ways described in the book are varied, but all are rooted in a holistic perspective, and most concepts of justice include reconciling the natural world and that of emotions—in effect, the entire universe.
In indigenous societies, the person harmed is also recognized as being a member of an injured family and community that has to be put back into balance, to be made whole. While the means to restoration differ among various indigenous societies, this basic outlook remains. Healing requires confronting trauma internalized over generations, as well as pressures to assimilate and the ongoing denigration of peoples and cultures.
There is much agreement among the authors here that successful justice projects must be firmly rooted in the communities they are intended to serve, and cannot be imposed from above. Here, Ross builds on this understanding by taking his readers down the traditional paths he has tried to navigate and understand in the eighteen years since writing Returning to the Teachings. His journey is divided into three distinct sections. In the first section, Ross details how he has learned to see justice relationally.
tf.nn.threadsol.com/map22.php He then explores the implications of these concepts for a full-bodied understanding of justice and the tragic consequences of acting without a respectful regard for the other that it demands: a history of flawed relations in North America between host and newcomer peoples, which not only categorized Indigenous knowledge and people as inferior but caused the chaos of disconnection within Indigenous societies.
In his second section, Ross examines the effects of this structured inferiority known as colonization.
He pays specific attention to the residential school system, and later the Sixties Scoop. Those solutions are thereby more constructive and enduring for producing increased social harmony.
Justice as Healing is a compilation of articles that explores in detail the use of restorative justice to address the present-day plight of Indigenous peoples. It is difficult to provide a chapter-by-chapter summary of the book, since many of its themes are interwoven through many places. The articles are all nonetheless bound together by a central and coherent thesis.
Although rare, matters may be appealed to the tribal council. It can be as short as three months, although most people stay in the system for about a year. Sign up for the weekly Urban Nation newsletter Our community, in one place. Skip to Main Content. Residential schools propaganda video. Offender compliance is obligatory and monitored by the families involved.
The starting point is the fact of colonialism over Indigenous peoples, both historical and present. Some of the early articles describe the initial phase of colonialism.
European powers subjected Indigenous peoples to an inhumane process of conquest that included military campaigns, acts of genocide, starvation, and forced removal. Other articles describe the subsequent process of social colonialism. Indigenous peoples had their laws and value systems suppressed and eroded.
They were also forced to live in economic deprivation to the [End Page ] benefit of their colonizers. Other articles then describe the enduring legacy of colonialism. Indigenous peoples are impoverished, have been separated from their cultures and traditional values, and suffer from low self-esteem that manifests in a variety of self-destructive behaviors such as substance abuse and suicide.
Restorative justice is explored as a solution to this enduring legacy in two different contexts. In a political context, colonialism is perpetuated because the dominant society is reluctant to accommodate substantial social change that would upset the status quo. Some articles explore restorative justice as a means of challenging that status quo, a political process whereby both the colonizers and colonized work together to address the problems.
The colonized begin the process by communicating to the colonizers the past injustices, and the injustices suffered in the present.