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Returning To the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice

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In his bestselling book Dancing with a Ghost, Rupert Ross began his exploration of Aboriginal approaches to justice and the visions of life that shape them. Returning to the Teachings takes this exploration further still. During a three-year secondment with Justice Canada, Ross travelled from the Yukon to Cape Breton Island, examining—and experiencing—the widespread Aborig ...more
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Published February 28th 2006 by Penguin Canada (first published August 27th 1996)
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Deena Metzger
If you allow it, this book will change your mind. Although reading is not the same as experience, following Ross as he thinks differently provides an opening for the book to become experience. In this age of such rampant injustice, a profound companion to heal our minds and nations. Of course, the very ones, the Native people, who are continuously suffering injustice, are the teachers. If the conquerors of this continent had just paid attention to the wise ones on the planet, five hundred years ...more
This is the re-issue from 2006, although originally published in 1996. This should be a must-read for anyone anyone in the legal professions, counseling, foster parents, etc. Although he is writing about indigenous restorative practices regarding justice, the issues of deep misunderstandings in western legal practices due to culture are beautifully and clearly described - with examples. Having spent the last year working in restorative councils, I was moved and educated through this book and wil ...more
Beautiful book. The author, as a white person (a Canadian government attorney) writing about Aboriginal communities, clearly approaches his topic with humility, openness to listening, and a willingness to be changed by his encounters with other cultures. I was really moved by this, and by his descriptions of his encounters with healing in the form of restorative justice. He really put a lot of attention and understanding into his explorations of the work the Hollow Water community in Manitoba ha ...more
Fascinating book about the Hollow Water program, which runs its court for people who have sexually abused others through a restorative justice model start to finish.
There's so much material to digest here: the insights into the Ojibway culture are plentiful and the program's almost universal success begs for some imitation by the rest of our country. Ross does caution against saying that this may not work for all courts, because the Hollow Water program is partly based on a return to tribal wis
A great narrative about the different settings and results indigenous communities have had using restorative justice methods. In the developed west, we tend to think of restorative justice being appropriate for minor issues like little Billy throwing a rock through his neighbor's window. Return to the Teachings clearly documents that this model is able to handle far more complex and troubling issues with perhaps much better results than our justice system. Better if you want to see "offenders" t ...more
This book really helped me frame and give voice to my evolving beliefs about our justice systems. In short, I'm a restorative practice convert after reading this book. I believe that, for the most part, our criminal justice system, and the conduct systems at institutions of higher education, are barriers to healing and learning. The systems motivate and perpetuate silence that keeps true engagement within communities from happening. While I don't have the power to change the system, the book pro ...more
Cristina Hutchinson
This was a fabulous book. It was very well written and explored a very delicate issue with grace and openness. I was enthralled while reading it and it really made me look at Native issues in a different way.

It presented a lot of well researched and justifiable opinions about the approach that is used in the criminal justice system when dealing with Aboriginals. An easy read that more people should familiarize themselves with so that they have a better understanding of the problems in this soci
this book challenges some of the most basic assumptions "modernized" societies operate on. for example, have you ever noticed our incessant need to define things? and once defined, our incessant need to maintain our view or experience of that thing through time and between contexts?

when you sense a gap between Westernized thinking (logic, hierarchies, science, religion, etc) and the way you experience the world, read this book.
Reframing concepts of justice and how to heal from wrongdoing (individually and culturally), drawing from examples set by indigenous people in Canada. A good introduction to the ideas of the Restorative Justice movement, with some amazing stories of healing.
This is an important and insightful book on indigenous approaches to justice. I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in restorative justice practices.
Emilee Layden
Some very challenging perspective. A very worthwhile read.
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