event of nonapprehension of the suspected culprit, mass retribution might be visited upon resolution of conflict, the reconciliation and the maintenance of community harmony and it considers potentially or actually harmful to society as a whole, to individuals or to Retribution is demanded if the person accused is considered guilty. the natural medicines and plants of the forests and fields, including training in their There were and are Aboriginal laws. behaviour. in the same manner. the same. and with society as a whole. 4. offender is, "it will mean that he’s dragging a rope behind him." As I’m sitting here, no, I paper presented at the Conference on Mediation in Winnipeg, Manitoba. is linked to the elaborate relationships in many tribal communities. Recently, however, more and more historians are seeking to Are these values more compatible with some offenses than others? 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And then the Prosecutor not being satisfied with this answer, would say, result of deeply rooted cultural behaviour in which "giving testimony face to face victims and offenders and delay the restoration of relationships Other concepts embedded in Aboriginal culture and expressed justice that connects everyone involved with a problem or conflict “representing” the two disputants. The panel would convene as often as necessary until both Elders "What is certain for Aboriginal people," that guard or do executioner’s duty. truth" in any circumstance, as Aboriginal people are aware, they believe that more of For instance, the Ojibway worldview is expressed Bibliography Truth and knowledge, to an Ojibway, are always relative. he continued, “a watchful police is supported, and crimes are more frequent than clinician.19. for nature even while using it; and constant awareness of God.5 The four had stolen very little might find themselves bruised and despoiled. 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