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Wet’suwet’en Unlocking Aboriginal Justice

George, Bonnie
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) Paper presented at the Sixth International Conference On Restorative Justice. Centre for Restorative Justice. 1-4 June. Vancouver BC. Downloaded 16 June 2003.

According to Bonnie George, in response to general dissatisfaction with the western judicial system, the Unlocking Aboriginal Justice Program was developed and implemented in 1992 in the Wet’suwet’en territory of northwest British Columbia. Funding is shared by the federal government and the provincial government. The focus is not on creating a new system but of uncovering the traditional laws and practices of the Wet’suwet’en Nation and having them recognized. To present the project, George describes the social structure of the Wet’suwet’en, the goals and operation of the program, and the uniqueness of the program.


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