Walking With Indigenous Philosophy: Justice and Addiction Recovery (3rd ed)

By: Gregory Cajete, John G. Hansen, Jay Hansford C. Vest, & John E. Charlton


Dr’s Gregory Cajete, John G. Hansen, Jay Hansford C. Vest, and John E. Charlton have expanded the breadth, depth and scope of Walking With Indigenous Philosophy: Justice and Addiction Recovery (3rd 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 third 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, two American Indians (Cajete and Vest), one First Nation (Hansen), one addiction counselling professional (Charlton) and both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in recovery are heard.

  • ISBN: 978-1-926476-24-7
    Price: $49.00 CAD
    Binding: Paperback
    Date: 2019
    Rights: World
    Pages: 254
    Size: 6″ x 9″

  • Table of Contents

    Dedication and Acknowledgements

    1. Colonial Domination and Institutional Racism
    2. Indigenous Philosophy
    3. The Story and Philosophy of Walking With
    4. Methodology
    5. Indigenous Elders and non-Indigenous Respondents
    6. Opaskwayak Crime Prevention
    7. Understanding Addictions Recovery with the Friendship Centre in Saskatoon
    8. Sweating with the Trickster
    9. The Spiritual Ecology of Indigenous Thought
    10. Looking at the Data Holistically
    11. Indigenous (Omushkegowuk) Worldview
    12. The International and Cross-Cultural Applicability of Indigenous Philosophy
    13. Conclusions and General Recommendations for Walking With

    About the Authors

  • Gregory Cajete, John G. Hansen, Jay Hansford C. Vest, & John E. Charlton

    Gregory Cajete, PhD is a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. He is currently the Director of Native American Studies and an Associate Professor in the Division of Language, Literacy and Socio cultural Studies in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Cajete earned his BA from New Mexico Highlands University with majors in both Biology and Sociology and a minor in Secondary Education. He received his MA from the University of New Mexico in Adult and Secondary Education. He received his PhD from International College – Los Angeles New Philosophy Program in Social Science Education with an emphasis in Native American Studies.

    John G. Hansen, PhD is a Member of the Opaskwayak Cree First Nation, and an Associate Professor within the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Hansen earned his BGS and BEd degrees from Brandon University, He received his MEd degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and his PhD from the University of Regina. Dr. Hansen’s research and teaching specialization is in the fields of Indigenous Justice; Crime and Society, focusing on Indigenous knowledge and the notion that justice is about healing rather than punishing.

    Jay Hansford C. Vest, PhD is an enrolled member in the Monacan Indian Nation and a direct descendent of the famous chief Opechancanough of the Pamunkey Nation, who took Captain John Smith captive as a murder suspect in 1607. In addition, he was honoured with a traditional Pikuni (Blackfeet) name and ceremonially adopted by elder Joe Crowshoe of Brocket, Alberta in June 1989. Dr. Vest holds a BA from the University of Washington, Seattle; and MA, MIS, PhD degrees from the University of Montana. Dr. Vest is Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

    John E. Charlton, DMin is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. Dr. Charlton served terms as the Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journals: Addiction, Recovery and Aftercare and The International Journal of Restorative Justice. Dr. Charlton earned his BA and BSc from Trent University, his MTS from Queen’s University at Kingston, his MPS from the University of Toronto, his MA from Yorkville University, and his DMin from Providence Seminary.

  • Walking With Indigenous Philosophy: Justice and Addiction Recovery (3rd ed) is an accurate and introspective look at Indigenous peoples and addictions. This exemplary work recognizes storytelling, restorying, and the inherent value within healing through spiritual and cultural praxis that privileges Indigenous ways of knowing. The book challenges the existing paradigm and takes you through an alternative method of being. Great for a textbook and reference for Addictions workers.

    Verna Billy Minnabarriet, EdD

    VP Academics
    Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

    For those who teach Native Cultures or want to be better informed, this book is a valuable resource. Its Indigenous perspectives on addiction recovery would be hard to find elsewhere.

    Wanda Teays, PhD

    Professor, Philosophy
    Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles