Source: (1997) Justice as Healing 2 (2).
Urging caution, the author states that Family Group Conferencing is the newest trend in justice development and hopes for renewal of the Canadian justice system. Federal and provincial departments of justice are prospecting for communities who are opening up this new frontier in community justice. Researchers and government representatives rush into communities that are rumored to be breaking “new ground” or to be exploring community involvement with “new” justice initiatives. With interest like that, it’s difficult for First Nations communities not to be cautious and a little bit suspicious of justice prospectors coming in from various government departments. The biggest concern of First Nations people is the exploitation of cultural and traditional knowledge by both First Nations and non-First Nations researchers and developers in the journey of community healing and recovery.
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