What is Peacemaking?
Peacemaking provides a safe structure where people can talk together to resolve conflict. It is a community-based process that addresses the concerns of all interested parties. This process uses traditional rituals, such as the group circle and Clan relationships, to involve parties that are in a conflict. A circle can involve supporters, elders, and interested community members. Within the circle, people can speak from the heart, and together identify and agree upon the steps necessary for healing. Read more about what is peacemaking:
Further Analysis of Peacemaking...
- Justice for All: An Indigenous Community-Based Approach to Restorative Justice in Alaska. Brian Jarret and Polly E. Hyslop. 2014. This article explores the causes of a high crime rate among Native Alaskans, and how problems in the legal structures can make them worse. It then examines the development and implementation of Circle Peacemaking in Kake, Alaska and of the Upper Tanana Wellness Program. The article concludes by proposing nine principles useful to those interested in developing restorative-justice programs.
- Strengthening tribal sovereignty through peacemaking: how the Anglo-American legal tradition destroys indigenous societies. 28 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 235. 1997. Robert B. Porter.
- Returning to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice. 1996. Rupert Ross. (not available online; NILL catalog record) Shares his experience - highlights a range of communities including: Yukon-Tlingit, New Zealand Family Group Conference, the Navajo, as well as Hollow Water and use with sexual abuse.
- To Set Right Ho'oponopono: A Native Hawaiian Way of Peacemaking. The Compleat Lawyer (ABA), Fall 1995. Explores in detail the Native Hawaiian practice of ho'oponopono ("setting to right" or "to make right").
- Yuuyaraq: The Way of the Human Being. 1996. Harold Napolean, with commentaries. A personal essay about the importance of talking circles and community healing.
- Life comes from it : Navajo justice concepts. 24 New Mexico Law Review 175.1994. Robert Yazzie.
- Justice as healing : indigenous ways. 2005. Wanda D. McCaslin, ed. (book preview available on Google books)
- Navajo Peacemaker Court : impact and efficacy of traditional dispute resolution in the modern setting. 1990 thesis. William Bluehouse Johnson. (not available online, NILL catalog record)
- Judicial Findings From The Inter-Tribal Tribunal on Residential Schools in Canada (Held June 12-14 in Vancouver, B.C.), James M. Craven, (June 14, 1998). Part 1 - Some Principles and Concepts of Aboriginal Life and Law Guiding My Inquiry and Findings:
In this first section of a three-part series, the author explains indigenous principles and concepts of life and law that guide his inquiry and findings. They are based on traditional indigenous restorative justice and involve the same principles used in peacemaking to achieve justice, healing, and reconciliation. To view the other two sections please visit the website of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.
Indigenous Justice Outside of the U.S....
- An Overview of Restorative Justice Programs. Alaska Journal of Dispute Resolution (2013). Bruce Barnes.
In this article the author reviews a variety of local, regional and, national justice practices, including indigenous peacemaking, currently taking place at different sites around the world.
- Redressing the Right Wrong: The Argument from Corrective Justice. 62 U. Toronto L.J. 93 (2012).
Douglas Sanderson. Argues that the single greatest wrong committed against Indigenous peoples has been the historical and on-going suppression of institutions in Indigenous communities that positively affirm their cultures and identities. Argues that to use a framework of corrective justice returns to Indigenous communities institutions that affirm ancient Indigenous values.
- Restorative Group Conferencing: An Alternative Response to Juvenile Crime in the Yukon, Canada. Alaska Journal of Dispute Resolution (2011). Jeff D. May. This article reviews and discusses restorative justice generally and describes the operation of community conferencing in the Yukon specifically. Importantly, the article makes recommendations to those developing alternative resolution strategies which can be applied to communities developing peacemaking systems.
- Does circle sentencing reduce Aboriginal offending? New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Crime and Justice Bulletin, Number 115, May 2008. Jacqueline Fitzgerald.
- Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (2005). Jane Dickson-Gilmore & Carol La Prairie. (limited availability at Google Books; NILL catalog record) Explores factors for the developing and sustaining restorative justice projects in contemporary Canadian Aboriginal communities. Compares and contrasts efforts in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States with those in Canada.
Peacemaking in Non-Native Communities...
If you enjoyed this page and would like to learn even more about peacemaking, please visit the peacemaking resources bibliography at the National Indian Law Library. The page includes
- More Articles on Peacemaking
- Conference Materials on Peacemaking
- Materials from the Swift Bird Project
- Other Materials at the National Indian Law Library