Source: (1995) Justice as Healing (Spring)
In response to instances of sexual abuse in an Ojibway community in Canada, a group of social service providers developed an alternate response to the criminal offenses based at least in part on Native principles and practices. The accused may choose the normal criminal justice process or this alternate process. This latter process, involving the offender, victim, family members, and community members, includes criminal charging, the offender’s acceptance and disclosure of his or her guilt, a Healing Contract, a Cleansing Ceremony, and often alternate sentencing.
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