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Community Accountability Conferencing in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Achneepineskum, Betty
June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) Paper presented at “Dreaming of a New Reality,” the Third International Conference on Conferencing,
Circles and other Restorative Practices, August 8-10, 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Nishnawbe Aski Legal Services is mandated by the chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation (48 communities) under law reform to research and find alternative methods of justice in dealing with the problems that plague the members of Nishnawbe Aski Nation that come into conflict with the law. The research led to the revitalization and the resurgence of the traditional healing circle models that were once used amongst the people of the NAN territoy. Once the negotiating with the Ontario Crown Attorney’s office was finalized, the diversion of charges occurred. They program has since grown from serving one community to having a restorative justice coordinator and three restorative justice workers who specialize in handling CAC healing circles for 15 NAN communities. Author’s abstract


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