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Introduction: Healing in Rough Waters.

McCaslin, Wanda D.
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. 215-224.

“…this is our challenge, namely to respond in an Indigenous way to whatever arises, including harms. If we are disconnected from who we are, we will be out of balance in our lives and communities. Instead of turning to our Indigenous ways when troubles arise, we will resort to remedies that were designed by and for our colonizers. Yet because these are not our remedies, they will not address the underlying causes of our hurts and conflicts. The ‘solutions’ they bring will be superficial and symptom-oriented at best and will extend the damage of colonization, residential schools, and assimilation at worst.” (excerpt)


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