The First Nations Mediation Circle says a Manitoba woman should spend the next year studying local cultures and history and practicing reconciliation to compensate for her racist positions in social media.
"[Opaskwayak Cree Nation] saw the value of turning a serious and unfortunate situation into a moment of teaching under the spirit and intent of reconciliation, "The first nation that brought the restorative justice effort," said a statement Wednesday.
"It was a win-win situation that allowed for a genuine restorative justice and a rehabilitation approach, but to have a winner and a loser and someone to be punished by the European judicial system," OCN Onenakew (boss) Christian Sinclair. interview with CBC.
The first round of mediation was named after two women from Flynn Flon, who are not indigenous residents, and a third woman from Denare beach, Sask, were accused of publishing racist comments on Facebook in July.
Posts in Facebook that came after a vandalism on a car belonging to one of the women offered "to shoot an Indian day" and called for "24-hour cleansing".
The RCMP investigates and, in consultation with the Prosecutor General of Manitoba, the cases of the two women from Manitoba are directed to a process of restorative justice. The woman from Saskatchewan decided to go through the criminal justice system.
Both women of Flynn Flon originally chose to participate in the restorative justice process, but one of them withdrew after the first meeting and decided to go through the courts, Sinclair said.
"It will be very interesting to be able to compare the two situations as we go forward," Sinclair said.
The annual deadline allows the woman to visit the participants in the mediation process every three months, to attend traditional ceremonies and to learn in the history of the First Nation.
Sinclair said the case provides a unique opportunity to achieve restorative justice within the first nation of the seven sacred teachings: courage, respect, truth, honesty, love, wisdom and humility.
"This is actually very historic because, for the first time, the non-indigenous population has entered our circle to be considered in a circle of restorative justice from the point of view of the local population, so it is a precedent," he said.
The woman must complete seminars on the management of anger and domestic violence led by OCN's rehabilitation officers and visit a camp at boarding schools. She should also seek advice from a mental health psychotherapist and write letters of apology to be disseminated to the media through the RCMP.
"Heal Together Forward"
It must complete 80 hours of community service for First Nations and write an essay or a scientific article about a local question and should stay out of social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
"We know that this person who has adopted this approach will make her a better person," says Sinclair.
"As one of the elders said at the end of the restorative justice rounds …" Now you are part of our family, we will help you become a better person, educate you and enlighten you about our reality ", and that we work together and heal together together. "
Although the term within the restorative justice model is four months, OCN recommends that the conditions be extended to one year.
If the woman does not agree with these conditions, her case will be returned to the criminal justice system, says OCN's statement.
After her post last year, one of her women lost her job as a hairdresser at Flynn Flon.
The Mediation Circle was held on January 19th, and was led by Elder Young Iron, who works on restorative justice with Manitoba Kiuatinovi Okimakanak.