Source: (2000) Aboriginal Peoples Collection. Aboriginal Corrections Unit. Ottawa: Solicitor General Canada.

In September 1998 a group of people from across Canada gathered to share their stories and experiences of how they faced the problem of sexual abuse and sexual offending behavior. They gathered as individuals and as representatives of agencies, institutions, and communities. They represented a great diversity: aboriginal and non-aboriginal; urban and rural; government departments and home communities; and tribal elders and mental health professionals. Specific issues discussed included the following: community resistance to addressing sexual abuse; philosophies, attitudes, and approaches with respect to treatment and healing of sexual offending behaviors; the process of healing; ways of teaching and healing; punishment, incarceration, and reintegration; and issues related to the roles of various individuals in the process of treatment and healing.


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