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Reclaiming Aboriginal Justice, Identity, and Community

Proulx, Craig
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Purich Publishing.

Craig Proulx in this book examines the intersection between alternative justice practice, individual and community healing, and identity in an urban Aboriginal community. He explains Aboriginal concepts and practices of justice, and he demonstrates how they are practiced in an urban setting to deliver culturally satisfying justice for Aboriginal people. Concretely, Proulx explores how the justice philosophy and practices of the Community Council Project (CCP) provide a place and a framework wherein individual Aboriginal criminal behaviors can be understood. A diversion program for adult Aboriginal offenders, the CCP is a project of Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto. Proulx looks at how healthy individual and community identities are fostered through the justice philosophy and practices of the CCP. Chapters in the book include the following: over-representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system, and new responses to this reality; healing, tradition, and justice talk; the establishment and structure of the CCP; the experiences of CCP clients and council members; the new context provided by the CCP and the CCP ideal hearing; a case study and analysis; cultural transformation through justice practice; community in the making; and his summary and conclusions. Appendices provide vital statistics of the CCP and interview questions for CCP clients and council members.


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