Walking With Indigenous Philosophy: Justice and Addiction Recovery (2nd Edition)

Edited By: John G. Hansen, PhD., Dr. Teresa A. Booker, PhD., & John E. Charlton, DMin


Dr. John G. Hansen, Dr. Teresa A. Booker, and Dr. John E. Charlton have expanded the breadth, depth and scope of Walking With Indigenous Philosophy: Justice and Addiction Recovery (2nd ed.) making it a multidisciplinary, international and cross cultural examination of a restorative justice based approach, that at its heart draws upon the wisdom inherent within Indigenous cultures, in order to question hierarchical and heavily one-sided disease based understanding to addiction recovery.This second edition continues to advocate a model of restorative justice, saturated throughout by an Indigenous philosophy of holism and healing through inclusion and education, when working with those upon the margins, in order to appreciate and honour the whole person.Justice is understood as a concept that must be based upon, and within, the recognition of the other. It is from within this recognition of the other that accountability, as a healing endeavour, must find its grounding. The voices of Cree Elders indigenous to northern Manitoba, Indigenous Justice Workers, a female African-American Assistant District Attorney, and both individuals in recovery and criminal offenders from multiple geographical locals are all heard.

  • ISBN: 978-0-9919441-4-9
    Price: $38.00
    Binding: Paperback
    Date: 2014
    Rights: World
    Pages: 295
    Size: 6″ x 9″

  • Table of Contents


    1. The Link Between Incarceration and Addictions

    2. Indigenous Philosophy

    3. The Story and Philosophy of Walking With

    4. Methodology

    5. Indigenous Elders and non-Indigenous Respondents: Who They Are and Why They Matter

    6. Opaskwayak Crime Prevention: Indigenous Testimonies on Healing

    7. Unravelling Addictions Recovery with the Friendship Centre in Saskatoon: Separating Addictions from Recovery

    8. Offenders in the Midst: Race, Religion, and Prosecutorial Discretion through the Eyes of an African-American City Attorney

    9. the African-American Megachurch and Offender Outreach

    10. Looking at the Data Holistically

    11. Indigenous (Omushkegowuk) Worldview

    12. the International and Cross-Cultural Applicability of Indigenous Philosophy: An Empowerment Model Toward Healing

    13. Conclusions for Walking With: General Recommendations for Healing from Addictive and Other Behaviours

    About the Authors

  • John G. Hansen, PhD., Dr. Teresa A. Booker, PhD., & John E. Charlton, DMin

    John G. Hansen, PhD is a Member of the Opaskwayak Cree First Nation, and an Assistant Professor within the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan.

    Teresa A. Booker, PhD is an Assistant Professor within the Department of African-American Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

    John E. Charlton, DMin is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Addiction, Recovery and Aftercare. 

  • The book Walking With Indigenous Philosophy: Justice and Addiction Recovery is a major contribution to the literature on Restorative Justice Healing Models from a northern Cree/Ojibway perspective. It is a valuable resource for both instructors and students who are seeking alternative models to reach people recovering from the effects of colonization and in particular symptoms such as alcoholism and drug addiction. e book is based on research with infusion of perspectives from a particular cultural ideation with widespread implications to other contexts and Indigenous communities around the world. I am honored to see this work emerge given the critical need to ‘re-story’ and draw on the wisdom from within our own cultures and languages as we think about health, healing, and empowerment. Ekosi!

    Herman J. Michell, PhD

    Member, Barren Lands First Nation
    President & CEO

    Northern Teacher Education Program
    Northern Professional Access College

    As a First Nation woman and recovering addict, with nearly 24 years of sobriety, this book made my heart sing. Walking With Indigenous Philosophy: Justice and Addiction Recovery opens the door to the cultural realm and it speaks to the significance of using Elders, ceremony, and other spiritual tools to help addicts obtain and maintain sobriety; no matter ethnicity or nationality. This book is about the necessity of culturally appropriate support and staying on track.

    Sharon L. Acoose, PhD

    Member, Sakimay First Nation
    Associate Professor 
Indigenous Social Work
    First Nations University of Canada