Widening the circle: Can peacemaking work outside of tribal communities?
....This report was originally written as a guide for participants in the roundtable but raises practical questions for anyone interested in adapting peacemaking to non-tribal settings. After providing an overview of peacemaking, the paper outlines key issues jurisdictions will most likely want to consider during planning and implementation....
First Nations Court opens in North Vancouver
The judge is out of her usual judging clothes and the court sheriff wears no gun.
It’s not immediately apparent — not at first — if these are just oversights, but when Judge Joanne Challenger turns from the convicted man to the packed public gallery and asks for any suggestions on sentencing and the hands go up, it becomes clear: First Nations Court is different.
Restorative justice and tribal law
...."Restorative justice” as used here is distinct from the term as commonly understood and applied. The traditional concept is distinct, also, from how the term is used in the Navajo Nation Code. Whereas the term in the American justice system has become greatly simplified and come to mean non-convictions, no jail and no fines, restorative justice in traditional Indian justice is used in the literal sense, to “restore” in conformity with justice principles. Wrongdoers, those who are harmed, and their affected communities are engaged in search of solutions that promote repair and rebuilding. Convictions, detention, and penalties in support of personal responsibility and community safety are not excluded....