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Introduction: Naming Realities of Life.

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. 13-17.

“The articles in this first section focus on the realities of our past and present. They frame the task of justice in terms of what needs to be healed. Here–and throughout the book–Aboriginal as well as non-Aboriginal authors name colonialism as the root pattern of harm. ‘When we talk about colonialism in the modern world,’ Chief Justice Robert Yazzie writes, ‘we are really talking about the conquest and control of nonwhite, non-European peoples…[Colonialism] is a triangle of power in which the people at the top claim they have the right to control the people at the bottom.'” (excerpt)


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