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Defining Traditional Healing

Lee, Gloria
June 4, 2015

Source: (1996) Justice as Healing 1 (4).

Gloria Lee discusses the philosophy behind the First Nations’ understandings of illness and the healing practices that result. She applies these perspectives and practices, rooted in First Nations’ religious beliefs and understanding of natural law, to justice. She claims that Euro-Canadian justice strives for impartiality and focuses on punishment for wrongdoing. In contrast, she claims that First Nations’ justice is more holistic. This approach to justice, beginning with the harm caused, aims to restore peace to the community and to reconcile the offender with the individual or family harmed.


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