This session will introduce the meaning of restorative practices from an Indigenous lens in dealing with the intergenerational transmission of historic trauma.
According to author Rupert Ross, conferences derive their power from the worldviews that shape them. This session will introduce how honoring traditional ways of knowing offers a process to address overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in the social-justice system. If “family” is a basic unit of society, the significance a competent facilitation process, respectful of a family’s spiritual practices and community values, translates into a core restorative feature for oppressed populations.
Restorative models focused on reclaiming healthy relationships and a positive identity can unpack internalized oppression — feelings of helplessness or despair and loss of hope, which can manifest in harmful behaviors evidenced in levels of suicide, crime rates, family breakdown, substance abuse, poverty and school dropout rates. Returning to traditional ways of knowing embodies the intent of the IIRP movement. This session explores using restorative practices to help disconnected, disenfranchised colonized populations stop the cycle of violence by promoting reconciliation and self-determination.