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Spiritual Roots of Restorative Justice

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Catalogue Number:  PCI007
Producer:  Peter Campbell
Producing Agencies:  Gumboot Productions
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Social Issues, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Guidance, Health, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues, Social Sciences
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2001
Running Time:  24:09


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The Honourable Bria Huculak, a Saskatchewan provincial court judge calls it a spiritual experience; Rev. Pierre Allard, a commissioner with Correctional Services Canada, describes it as an incredible treasure; and Anglican Rev. Dale Lang, Taber, AB, the father of a teenage boy gunned down on his way to class, asserts that forgiveness sets the one who forgives free.

This informative documentary looks at restorative justice through the eyes of victims, offenders, judges, lawyers, First Nations elders and scholars of all different faiths. Restorative justice says that the harms caused by crime must be healed through peace. All believe this difficult process offers a viable alternative to the mainstream retributive justice system, healing the harm done not only to victims, their families, and their communities, but also to the offenders themselves.

Also features experts, victims and criminals from a variety of faiths and experiences: Mennonite Wilma Derksen, mother of murdered girl; Dr. Michael Hadley, Christ Church Cathedral; Dr. Daniel Van Ness, Prison Fellowship International; Dr. Conrad Brunk, Peace Studies, Conrad Grebel College, Waterloo, ON; Dr. Pashura Singh, Sikh Studies, University of Michigan; Islam, Dr, Nawal Ammar, Justice Studies, Kent State U.; Buddhism, Dr. David Loy, Bunkyo University, Japan; Sentencing Circle, Provincial Court, Saskatchewan; Shushwap Sweat Lodge, BC;  Ojibway elder Art Shoffley; various inmates involved in reconciliation processes; Unity Feast, Victoria, BC.


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