Source: (2000) Justice as Healing 5 (Fall).

Peterson claims that Euro-Canadian justice is retributive in nature and alien to Aboriginal peoples and their worldview. Restorative justice, in contrast, fits Aboriginal peoples and their worldview. In that many people have sought to define restorative justice, there are significant varieties in meaning. In view of the varieties, Peterson identifies certain themes that characterize various understandings of restorative justice, and he argues that Aboriginal communities need to determine what they mean or intend by restorative justice before they try to develop restorative programmes. Peterson then describes four models of restorative justice programmes: (1) mediation; (2) diversion; (3) participation in sentencing; and (4) post-incarceration and reintegration support.