Source: (2005) Thesis submitted for the degree of Master of Social Work. University of Manitoba, Canada.

This thesis research is a case study analysis of ten Aboriginal offender’s serving conditional sentences in the community. Readers will find that the findings present how participants felt about their different levels of 'connectedness' or distance from their Aboriginal heritage. Participants shared their thoughts on whether or not they felt that their heritage should have been considered during their sentencing process. Readers will listen to participants' stories of their sentencing process and as they described their conditional sentences, how they felt about serving their sentence in the community, and how they felt about their conditional sentence in comparison to terms of incarceration. The findings then allow the reader to hear how participants' felt about the principles of restorative justice. Participants also described their feelings about 'repairing the harm' and making restitution, reparation, and rehabilitation. (Authors Abstract)