Binding: Paperback
Price: $40.00
Rights: World
Pages: 252
Size: 10.5" x 7"


Swampy Cree Justice: Researching the Ways of the People (2nd Edition)
By Dr John G. Hansen, PhD

In this updated and expanded second edition, Dr. Hansen builds upon his original exploration of the concept of Indigenous/First Nations justice by incorporating discussions with three Omushkegowuk  (Swampy Cree) Justice Committee members to the stories and explanations originally provided by the six Omushkegowuk elders indigenous to northern Manitoba.  In so doing, Dr. Hansen provides an example of how the philosophy of Omushkegowuk justice, (a concept of justice undergirded, and impregnated with, a belief in education and healing), is being implemented in praxis.

While Dr. Hansen provides a narrative and comparative understanding of Indigenous justice based upon the Omushkegowuk experience, its message will most certainly resonate with other Indigenous groups as they deal with Western, state funded, justice systems based upon retribution and punishment as such adversarial systems tends to be divisive for the community, ostracizing for the offender, and ignoring of victim needs.


About the Author

Dr. John Hansen, PhD
Member, Opaskwayak Cree First Nation
Assistant Professor
Dept of Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Saskatchewan


Dr. John Hansen's book on Swampy Cree Justice is based out of research in northern Manitoba, although it has widespread implications in other Indigenous contexts. The Contents illuminate greater understanding of how justice is understood from an Aboriginal worldview and practical ways in which to work with people and communities that have been subjected to a long history of systemic oppression.

Dr. Herman Michell, PhD.  

A large part of the value of Dr. Hansen's work lies in modeling of Omushkegowuk culture by showing how philosophy is understood, educated and processed by the learner by positioning the reader as listener to a story, the story of Omushkegowuk justice as told by the elders. By also incorporating his own life narrative into the work, Hansen only further illustrates that value of Omushkegowuk philosophy and ways of doing for understanding a body of knowledge by bringing us in as partial observers through the doorway he creates with himself and his own story. By doing so, Hansen achieves a body of work on restorative justice practices that is unique, timely, and relevant.

Hansen's description of the process, value and act of storytelling in Omushkegowuk society is important. As a record to a way of life that is often misunderstood and under documented, Hansen's contribution to the body of literature on Indigenous ways of knowing and telling is important. In his own words and ultimately Omushkegowuk culture, Hansen trusts in the listener to figure out the story. Thereby challenging academia to recognize another way of understanding and doing. Hansen also recognizes that this work is situated within the academic cannon and therefore must adhere to its principles and recognized procedures. In do so he lays the groundwork for the academic reader yet also encourages them to think using both sides of the brain. He describes this as holistic thinking. In this way, Hansen continually works to encourage the reader to move between Omushkegowuk ways and Western ways of knowing as he takes them through the Omushkegowuk thinking on restorative justice practices.

Dr. Kahente Horne-Miller, PhD.  



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