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Denial, Acknowledgment, and Peace-Building through Reconciliatory Justice.

Joseph, Robert
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) In Wanda D. McCaslin, ed., Justice as Healing: Indigenous Ways. Writings on Community Peacemaking and Restorative Justice from the Native Law Centre. St. Paul, MN: Living Justice Press. Pp. 253-274.

“This article will briefly highlight some post-settlement tensions from the Waikato Raupatu Claims Settlement (WRCS), the first contemporary settlement in New Zealand for addressing the historic grievance between the British Crown and the Maori of Waikato-Tainui. In 1863, the Crown unjustly invaded the Waikato, initiated hostilities, and confiscated 1.2 million acres of Waikato land. I will discuss the politics of denial and its insidious effects in New Zealand and elsewhere. Then I will look at reconciliatory justice as a dispute resolution concept, ideal, process, and strategy for overcoming the politics of denial and for resolving some of the inevitable inter- and intra-post-settlement challenges, issues and tensions.” (excerpt)


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