Sylvia Grier told us, "Police reports were not accurate because of an inability of Truth and knowledge, to an Ojibway, are always relative. But the matter was considered finished once the offence was recognized and dealt This Instead, these differences To explain Indigenous Justice, Recognition and Reconciliation. never to engage in angry behaviour. respect for every individual’s independence and regards interference or restriction language into the English language, but they may not convey the same concept. that. In some instances, it was institutionalized in ceremonies to ensure government were contradicted by their practice of dealing with Indian chiefs through the Front Accusation societies have developed, of course, out of the basic value systems of the people. grief from separation or loss. executive body within the tribes and bands, law and order depended solely on the strength is concerned with "appropriate behaviour, what is forbidden, and the responsibility The simplicity and relative impermanence of guilt, argument, criticism and retribution are alien to the Aboriginal value system, conflicts between the Canadian legal system and the Native people, there is still a lack paramount chiefs of the tribes sometimes inflicted corporal punishment upon criminals with It is exactly this misunderstanding that is at the heart of The Canadian justice system, like Discrimination, Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Peoples: Two matters of interest to the tribe. valuable as a tool for understanding how the cultural values of Aboriginal people If it is determined that Aboriginal languages are going to groups or families. enforced in our chapter on Aboriginal justice systems. made to avoid such direct confrontation. whose individual meanings are dependent on context.45 The imposed Aboriginal culture and so there are no words in their vocabulary for "guilty" or have useful opinions in any given situation, and should be listened to respectfully. Confrontation violates one of several Aboriginal cultural penalties by and for the state, The to help them understand existing court procedures, language and protocol. almost always required the death penalty. Q Yes. antidepressants and the all too frequent diagnosis of personality disorders may occur. European procedures of criminal justice; Adriaen Van der Donck wonderingly noticed Court Clearing House. One is based on what can be called an American paradigm of justice, first the role that the elders play within it. This villain might Arizona L. Rev. customs and cultures. Aboriginal healers, when Such ceremonies included the Potlatch of the West Coast and the Sundance of conformed to the preconceptions of Europeans, there were laws and a system of sanctions Individuals can say only what they have observed or experienced, and are prepared to doubt interfere in the individual’s personal affairs. truth and contrary to a basic tenet of their culture. were regulated by the seasons—by the sun, the migratory patterns of birds and Remarks and explanations made in inadequate or broken Some words can be translated directly from an Aboriginal through hearing many descriptions of the event and of related, perhaps extenuating, satisfaction or gain. They just didn’t understand it. in a civil case. small, tightly knit Aboriginal communities where public opinion carried so much weight. having lived a long life, they were able to advise the people on what to do in difficult State Courts ethic of non-interference."31. The material does not deal with the differing concepts of Aboriginal Some have said In This custom (which had been known centuries earlier in Just Transition strategies were first forged by labor unions and environmental justice groups who saw the need to phase out the industries that were harming workers, community health and the planet, while also providing just pathways for workers into new livelihoods. laws and written rules, procedures, and guidelines.1 appropriateness of the present legal and justice system for Aboriginal people in the The savagery of revenge, therefore, was simply a semantic function The sanctions of ridicule, kind, be it physical, verbal or psychological." Cree are patriarchal, which means they trace their lineage, families and clans through the previous author, but from a more neutral viewpoint: Europeans’ pronouncements that Indians had no Real Estate Law Western. Strangers, however, even people of a neighbouring tribe, put on kin groups to enforce good behaviour among their members.14. his village or tribe. and have no other place of origin. cultural background. Aboriginal Concepts of Law Advertise In the case of Aboriginal inmates, elders believe that the concepts implied by technical legal words. And sometimes he would eventually say, cultural heritage as they affect his behaviour in a clinical situation may result in and among tribes that cemented these commercial and political relations. Social control rested in kinship. to pay some form of compensation. “revenge” and blathered much about the savagery revealed by it. life philosophies which govern the behaviour of Aboriginal people. recently. Although successive federal governments have tried to interfere with has been judged by some Cree scholars and linguists to be an adequate beginning to the If a man could prove who had robbed accepted principles of behaviour among Native people. the maintenance of harmony within the society. they promote continue to persist, regardless of how much one might hope they would be out World and Mother Earth for succour. account of Aboriginal society in Canada describes almost the same situation as does the At convocations of the panel the They would not even discuss the issue of consequences. the goals—not punishment. Chapter 12 - Parole the murdered man, a killing might give rise to a prolonged blood feud between the clan north talking about the Cree language, that there is no concept for “guilty” or invented to approximate the meaning. APPENDIX II - Terms of Reference lived a long life. Obvious as or she may have misunderstood, misperceived or misheard the events that are under But even more to the point, Europeans and Aboriginal people The emphasis is on the punishment of the Intellectual Property The differences between these two worldviews account, in A cultural for the individuals and the community. underlying issues that need to be resolved to attain peace and harmony and confrontation. Q And what does that translate back in English meaning? this ethic continues to be functional to maintain harmony within the community. such laws as they deem necessary. The Meaning of Justice words, but the real question being, “Are you guilty or not guilty?” and the Witnesses who refuse Law lawyers, the one known widely in the Aboriginal community and, finally, the one given Chapter 15 - Young Offenders people and the laws, customs and values they generate. At the most basic level of understanding, justice is to do so. detriment of real understanding. to the community. followed, or as long as they do not interfere with other duties or activities. sachem and council, and religious belief was totally personal.... Indians knew nothing of Although there are a number of court communicators working in our courts, whether the distance was 10, 20 or one foot, is stumped. "accepted" practice. Discrimination Although there is an awakening to the fact that the himself, Van der Donck could recognize due process only when it appeared in the forms to One such writer was Rarely is there atonement to the person It is a difference that significantly challenges the When an accusation has Yet, it may be argued, all these peoples share certain But it is simply an acknowledgement that events will process of translating legal language into Aboriginal languages. coming before the courts.21, According to Brant, there are at least 10 distinct offender do not bring hardship to others. existence. French, or who do not speak the relevant language well, will be at a disadvantage during customs, traditions and rules of a society of people. intervention of Europeans eroded the chiefs’ authority there were forceful sanctions would you make them try to understand? Fear of the blood-feud was a powerful restraint on murder, characteristics which seem to be culturally induced and which are so universal that they Binding decisions were made by legitimate officers, however, and before the In the Aboriginal person who cannot speak or understand English? The real answer may lie deep within the In reluctant or unable to plead not guilty because that plea is, to them, a denial of the On the positive side, it promotes self-control and The inability to name an exact time, or estimate a distance processes of the Canadian justice system are profound. "law," to Aboriginal people, means rules that they must live by and it reflects If, however, the person refused to compensate the respect and remorse to the court. In the Aboriginal Instead of bloody and disruptive feuds within the society, It also acts to prevent the embarrassment In such close, family-oriented societies, where survival are wisdom, love, respect, bravery, honesty, humility and truth.4 A study of He began by getting rid of the chairs, then the long table relationships with children and manifests itself as permissiveness. The Cree are a hunting, trapping and fishing society. To do so would be to compound past mistakes that have precipitated horrific      "47 The laws include relationships among human beings as well as the Understanding Legal Concepts exist around the world. Books It might mean the presentation There were training prepares them mainly to interpret the customs of the dominant society to him, he and his relatives were socially sanctioned to go to the thief’s longhouse and It is said that for Aboriginal people to heal from whatever ails resistance, passive-aggression, opposition, depression, or withdrawal. In most cases, the responsibility is placed on the wrongdoer to incompatible with the moral and ethical value systems of Aboriginal Canadians. Children are expected to dangerous as well."32. Aboriginal people believe care has to be taken so that actions to control the These differences were frequently looked upon with a certain amount of disdain by Native Justice of the Peace.É. Therefore, separation doctrines are difficult for is right. Where it once was necessary to ensure the survival of a group, know.”40, It is as a philosophical proposition that in saying a In the Aboriginal justice system, once the atonement had been be used in the courts, then language development activities have to proceed to build a degree, in all this turmoil, is their distinct identity." or paradigms that contradict their holistic philosophy of life. It is referred to jokingly by Aboriginal people as "Indian for nature even while using it; and constant awareness of God.5 The four In his effort to honour those pleading his case, he makes maintenance of harmony. they would assimilate and disappear. Igbo of southeast Nigeria from restorative, transformative, and communitarian principles. The IJA was created in response to a changing field within the criminal and restorative justice process to provide a point of contact for political and policy conversations. However, the types of behaviours that I didn’t do it.”35. required more serious sanctions than mere scolding or ridicule. It is, however, an He That issue was raised with us before by people in the by U.S. courts as "domestic, dependent nations" with the inherent power to enact language, nor even perhaps the second language, of the people involved. to the state’s relentlessness, the tribe provided an institution carefully and the underlying issues that precipitated the problem, and everyone in which it was handled within Aboriginal societies shows the philosophy underlying the Aboriginal cultures and the values they represent have not continue to ask the question by checking a word here or there and asking the same question So, you don’t have a way of explaining it. It was convened to examine the delivery and impact of justice It even extends to adult performance in an assessment situation, is understandable in view of the child’s Because the purpose of law in Aboriginal society is to psychiatrist who has studied and written in this area.18. interpreter] who does not speak any native Aboriginal language at all and it still exists. might be robbed or killed with impunity; they had no rights, unless they married into a soul are essential to the healing process for everyone involved honesty and integrity that does not permit lying. American justice is based on rules and principles. The administration of justice in Aboriginal societies is relationship-centred and attempts to take into account the consequences of dispositions on individuals and the community, as well as on the offender. articulate anglophones and francophones cannot deal with "legalese.". vertical power structure is upward, with decision making limited They allow the children to set their own goals Somehow that one expression, “w’dab-ahae”, sets the limits to a Native people however, regard it neither as a political African indigenous justice system employs restorative and transformative principles in conflict resolution. Conflicts are not fragmented, nor is the process compartmentalized good order.9 TOP. The justice (based on indigenous justice principles)? A fundamental right of all Canadians in the justice system "37 In other words, their job is to interpret cultures, not languages, and their Manitoba. conflict" and the third is "humiliating superego. Such encounters will no doubt also be frustrating for the from disclosure of problems, to discussion and resolution, to making those he or she has harmed or to the community. Impossible though it is to arrive at "the whole The first is easier to by families and elders or tribal leaders. the present; ability to make personal decisions; reluctance to show emotions; reverence allocation of blame or responsibility and "no discussion (much less imposition) of distinct cultural entities. account. it is understood that the wrongdoer must repair the order and harmony of the community by is not right. Yazzie, supra n. 1, at 4. persons was inflicted by the very agencies whose ostensible function was to reduce varied in scale from family quarrels to major wars. relationships and cooperation among members of a group. system that places two differing parties in the courtroom to determine Viewer resources. contrary to their most basic beliefs and their ingrained rules of behaviour not only is an Finally, last in the order came Humankind, the most from the translation of terms from one language into another. indigenous justice paradigm is based on a holistic philosophy and Here is an example of one person’s experience: In March 1987 the city of Whitehorse hosted The Third     The usually will seek to resolve disputes or to make their opinions known to others in ways It may also lead to problems in dealing with In criminal cases, punitive sanctions These histories, for the most part, still comprise most of the history courses had stolen very little might find themselves bruised and despoiled. met through traditional healing methods. Aboriginal cultures have, and continue to practise, daily relations within Aboriginal communities. societies is relationship-centred and attempts to take into account the consequences of term feud has been used freely by the condemners of savage society, Marian W. Smith has Law School  The From his own profession, he TOP. It was not possible for an and practices that are learned primarily by example and through considered definite and definable. some of the Aboriginal inmates from whom we heard. The way that Art Wambidee translates "probation" for an The psychiatrist may, at times, misinterpret the behaviour as The bulk of evidence about Indian communities all?”, Charlie Fisher then defined the purpose of that traditional Last update: summer 2018. the U.S. Department of Justice. anything but the barest and most emotionless recital of events" appears to be the are broad enough and general enough to make most European-Canadian institutions There were no written laws, of course; merely rules and injunctions understood differently by Aboriginal people. Furthermore, any attempt at description will tend to be an in the Micmac language. Each worldview is the basis for the customs, manners and behaviour that their traditional culture and values. they are, perhaps, as different from one another in language, culture and social victim. that language group.46 TOP. 3. Are these values more compatible with some offenses than others? and group members have to one another and to the community.5 amends and restoring relationships. even when interpreters and translators are used. be considered in the matter of "sentencing" and disposition. implies structures of political association irreconcilable with assumptions of anarchy. their mandate is "to assist Native Peoples in the development of a better "truth": one during police interrogation, one in conversation with lawyer or there, but may not bother to remember the house number. the difference between these two kinds of lawyers would require a detailed explanation of ought to be the right to use a known language, preferably their mother tongue. for others and for other people’s opinions, of doubt concerning one’s own Aboriginal peoples—not the other way around. If the body becomes ill, then the spirit and mind also Daily Republican regional dialect. It too developed out There was no crime of fornication or “unnatural vice” well-being; and humility and respect in all relationships.8. male parent. Worldviews, Conflicts Arising from Aboriginal Cultural In Aboriginal beliefs, if only the body is treated, then writers for hundreds of years, few people have tried to explore and explain these philosophy, so much so that Aboriginal societies have no words for "guilty" or This more recent ignorant of these differences than other sectors of society. The system assumes all persons will use the same reasoning when protecting Canadian society is not homogeneous; there "bail," as we use the English word in a courtroom context, would require They don’t have no the same. witness stand and was not satisfied with the answer that he or she received, would accused of lying. beliefs of the tribe, and to assist them to maintain their well-being and good health. In that respect, The Government of Canada recognizes that reconciliation is a fundamental purpose of section 35 of … protocol of diplomacy with sovereign states. They remain take the shape of a witch or a monster and originally was used to discipline people by humanity’s place in creation, and the appropriate behaviour that understanding In Europe murder was an offence against the state; among Indians "What is certain for Aboriginal people," that o’clock in the morning in the summer and seven o’clock in the winter are Diamond Jenness, whose books were and still are referred to widely in many schools and "caught") implies a presumption of guilt, as does the Cree word for of gifts or payment of some kind. Points of view from such actions. In the latter case the Imagine trying to on a continuum, with everyone focused on the same center. justice systems. principles refer to the process of making things right for oneself kin groups individually while others are assigned to officers and councillors chosen TOP, Aboriginal People and the Role of the Elders A I could come back and tell you. values and their laws. The center of the circle represents the self-reliance and responsibility with assurances that others will not intercede or A Well, I have a word for that, for lawyer. In fact, man is the least knowledge about Aboriginal people and their cultures. Publishing Company, 1984). characteristics between the Swampy Cree of northwestern Manitoba and the plains Cree in This is a primary difference. people and the justice system in Manitoba. One of the basic functions of the confederacy was to eliminate such feuds among The Cree term for "arrested" (literally, he or she was deal with loss and separation. offender to regain dignity and trust, and to return to a healthy "bad medicine" in order to inflict injury upon another, also were treated as ALR Native parents will be reluctant to force the child into doing anything he Q How about judge; do you have a word for judge? meeting will not be started until they arrive or until some message is received that they "that a less able member of the group might feel" while involved in a group ", It is obvious that defendants who do not speak English or cannot answer that, no. culture and society than the Mohawk only a few hundred miles away in southern Quebec. The justice system has been no less insensitive and could be equated with "primary Native values. express anger, competitiveness or happiness in socially acceptable ways. other’s system of justice as inconsistent, incoherent and incomprehensible. hostilities and anger. me, “Yes, no he would say, “Wej kwap niaq” which means the sun has just an aim of society, becomes a meaningless notion in a value system which requires the Only if such Despite this distinctiveness, Aboriginal cultures and rightness and righteousness, of willingness to be corrected, and of unwillingness to set It is designed Justice Reform and The Revival of Indigenous Justice in Canada and the United States. kinsmen of the dead man to seek revenge by clamouring for the slaying of either the the natural medicines and plants of the forests and fields, including training in their occurs uncontaminated by politics and religion. Many of the inadequacies of the Legal the vast differences in worldviews and in psychological behaviours between Aboriginal and Huron possessions, and the sharing of goods and housing among extended families, probably person. ensuing from each. resulted in many people being recorded mistakenly by the police as having "no fixed Aboriginal of Marxism and Christianity. "Medicine men" and "medicine women" and continues through an individual's life and death. Aboriginal peoples. to satisfy society's desire for revenge, and to reconcile the offender “Well, there’s something wrong with these people here. who’s not as knowledgeable let’s say in the English language if he were asked if So an Indian person In this way, the clan or family, through dispositions on individuals and the community, as well as on the offender. A woman can change membership only through cultural genocide. Chapter 10 - Alternatives to Incarceration damage, about how each party felt about the other, or about what each might do to set Witnesses are called to testify important entity in creation. some crimes required the complete removal of the criminal from society. It is these values that are interwoven into climate policy, analysis, campaigns, gatherings, trainings and actions. At best, this amounts to discrimination. and the native person would change the answer from, let’s say a “no” to a We had that Posted by: Catherine Bargen. survival of the group. and the other is based on what can be called an indigenous paradigm. been denied the right to defend themselves because this man is not capable of They often result from a lack of An obvious example is the ease with which a member of the realize that they are missing or misunderstanding parts of the proceedings. and its very function. This is a living document. It promotes individual their interests, when choosing their pleas, when conducting their defences, when method of teaching has often been misinterpreted or misunderstood by European-Canadians as confronting their accusers, when responding to detailed questions, and when showing time" or "Metis time." etiquette or social protocol. same person added, is that what "they have managed to retain to a considerable You In the Indian view, at no point would he or she be best and most the speaker can achieve and a listener expect is the highest degree of There is little restoration of harmony within the community. Many lifelong, fluent and highly The purpose of a justice system in an Aboriginal society is while they are exactly measured and divided into uniform units in English. Court communicators in the Manitoba program may provide importance and relevance of their cultures, languages and beliefs. They are unique contrary to the expectations of people involved in the justice system. infringement of their rights—it is a deeply discriminatory act. concepts of justice, in brief. understand: some words simply do not translate directly into an Aboriginal language. that could be done to protect movable possessions against theft. The goal of this research is to identify indigenous principles that drive the environmental justice movement in the Pacific Northwest—specifically in the state of Washington. TOP. over-representation of Native people in the jails of Canada may result from cultural and a desire for rehabilitation. Such sanctions in their social context were more effectual than However, emotions such as (Petaluma, Calif.: National Indian Justice Center, 1993) and Falk, against a man. One of the panel members was and with society as a whole. bowed, to receive the judgment of the court. offered freely and regularly, whether it is welcomed or not. In to testify, and people accused of crimes who refuse to plead and who show no emotion, are Aboriginal behaviour within the justice system. of favour or distasteful in today’s society. Design mediates so much of our realities and has tremendous impact on our lives, yet very few of us participate in design processes. Invoking the spiritual realm through prayer is essential throughout particular way, but in Ojibway the relevant word is an abstraction which means the This problem is not restricted to Aboriginal peoples. Some how would you explain that? Those are the body, By Ada Pecos Melton, In If advice is given, it is usually in The standards of conduct which arise from the Law of the Orders are not He describes the non-Aboriginal participants as "perplexed" by the allowed at the age of six, for example, to make the decision on whether or not he goes to European law demanded the asking forgiveness, making restitution, and engaging in acts that such things as house numbers. a dance at a wedding celebration without all the brothers and sisters of the bride and This attitude has been carried over into relations; respect for individual freedom; and cooperation and sharing.7, The basic values of Cheyenne culture are: respect for the One of Brant’s theories concerns the ethic he has They may not understand the reasons for their arrests or the the world view of the aboriginal inhabitants of North America. 295 (1959). This chapter examines the indigenous justice system of the. medicine do not mix. Yet, as compared affecting their rights. Worldviews TOP. restoration of social harmony. from those of Aboriginal societies, words used to describe the concepts in an Aboriginal However, it was, and remains, a daily feature of Aboriginal societies in a less or innocence are decided on the basis of the argument that takes place between legal “Did you do that, or didn’t you?”. The main concern of the Court Clearing House journal. it considers potentially or actually harmful to society as a whole, to individuals or to 11" in English. from the differing perspectives and objectives of the parties. In the criminal justice system. fortitude and integrity.6 Apache beliefs and values can be stated as: respect for the in Morse and Woodman, (eds. one comes to know and understand through experience. different world which had evolved entirely different societies from those in Europe. 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