Source: (2001) Ottawa, Ontario: Solicitor General of Canada, Aboriginal Corrections Policy Unit.

Through analysis of the Hollow Water First Nation Community Holistic Circle Healing (CHCH) process, this research report addresses the question whether changes to justice and corrections in aboriginal communities result in savings to governments. Following an executive summary, several chapters present the research data and findings. Chapter 1 deals with the research approach, protocol, design, and data collection. Chapter 2 examines the nature, purpose, elements, process, and results circles. Chapter 3 presents contextual issues that affect aboriginal communities and CHCH – for example, intergenerational effects of colonialism, education, migration patterns, economic conditions, substance abuse, and personal ecology (health, nutrition). Chapter 4 details health and wellness issues pertaining to aboriginal people. Chapter 5 analyzes and compares costs in several areas – CHCH, justice system expenses for victimizers, victim and family services, and community development services. Chapter 6 provides a profile of the actual work of the Hollow Water CHCH. Several appendices add further statistical information and research samples on the circle steps, costs, and aboriginal demographics.

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