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Family Group Conferencing: The Myth of Indigenous Empowerment in New Zealand.

Tauri, Juan Marcellus
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. 313-323.

In my view, Lee correctly describes the imposition of New Zealand’s “Maori Inspired” family group confrencing forum onto Canadian First Nations as furthering the “indigenization of the Canadian justice system.” What i want to do in the remainder of this paperis to extent Lee’s argument and content that family group confrencing signifies the indigenization of New Zealand’s own youth justice system. I also wanted to dispel a number of misconceptions associated with the formulation and implementation of family group confrencing in New Zealand, as well as to insert a critical Maori voice into the simplistic discussions that surround this so-called Indigenous empowering justice forum. (excerpt)


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