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Swampy Cree Justice: Researching the Ways of the People (3rd ed.)
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: University/College;

Within this third edition, Dr. Hansen builds upon his exploration of the concept of Indigenous/ First Nations justice by incorporating discussions with three Omushkegowuk (Swampy Cree) Justice Committee members to the stories and explanations originally provided by the six Omushkegowuk elders indigenous to northern Manitoba. In so doing, Dr. Hansen provides an example of how the philosophy of Omushkegowuk justice, (a concept of justice undergirded, and impregnated with, a belief in education and healing), is being implemented in praxis.

While Dr. Hansen provides a narrative and comparative understanding of Indigenous justice based upon the Omushkegowuk experience, its message will most certainly resonate with other Indigenous groups as they deal with Western, state-funded, justice systems based upon retribution and punishment as such adversarial systems tends to be divisive for the community, ostracizing for the offender, and ignoring of victim needs.

Dr. Hansen provides the necessary background, from his own research and from government sources, information necessary to support his claims. Analysis utilizes the Four Directions and presents what Dr. Hansen refers to as an example of Indigenous Restorative Justice.

"Dr. John Hansen gives us a comprehensive look into Omushkegowuk philosophy. Through his words, Wasekechak is returning to our stories to reanimate relationships and processes of restorative justice." -- Shawn Wilson, PhD, Member, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Senior Lecturer, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, Southern Cross University

"Swampy Cree Justice: Researching the Ways of the People (3rd ed) is a must-read for First Nations peoples, policy makers, government, justice, police, and corrections officials. The book is based on Indigenous-based research conducted with Elders from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (The Pas, Manitoba). According to the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal People’s report, it was recommended that First Nations people had the right to develop their own Justice Systems based on their worldviews, cultural values, languages, and traditional customs. Dr. John G. Hanson has done an excellent analysis of what this looks like from Omushkegowak restorative justice model using a storytelling methodology. His critique of the current retributive and punishment Justice model is linked to the high incarceration rates of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Clearly there is a need to define the meaning, institutions, and standards of Justice in each First Nation across the country in order to address the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action in the Justice sector. It is time to occupy the field for the sake of balance and harmony." -- Herman Michell, PhD, Member, Barren Lands First Nation, External Consultant, Prince Albert Grand Council

Educator Information
Table of Contents
1. Institutional Racism, Cultural Racism and Racist Practice
2. The Role of Stories in Indigenous Research
3. Justice
4. Cultural Implications when Conducting Indigenous Research
5. Historical Overview of Restorative Justice
6. A History of Indigenous Justice
7. Research Methodology
8. The Elders
9. An Indigenous Worldview
10. Presenting the Elders Knowledge
11. Data Analysis
12. The Organization of the Holistic Data Analysis – The Four Directions
13. Opaskwayak Restorative Justice Ideas and Practices
14. Conclusion
About the Author

Additional Information
254 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

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