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. 23-24.
“As a Dzakaza (hereditary chief), I have the responsibility of respecting my name, territory, and clan relations. It is also my responsibility to ensure that ‘the way we do things’ is passed on to my children and generations after. I have used my conventional training and knowledge of my people’s ways to develop a way to remove the pain my people feel and for Canadians to wipe away the shame that clings to their name. It is my gift to both of you.” (excerpt)