An effective Aboriginal Justice Strategy must be two-pronged.

 Understanding Aboriginal Rights and Treaty Rights By George Nicholson, LLB.
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In most Aboriginal societies, this meant banishment.

Its priorities are more often those of a society located far from the society of those appearing in the court, and few efforts to involve Aboriginal people from Aboriginal communities have met with any sustained success.

3, 1996)These companion decisions deal with aboriginal fishing rights in Quebec.
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Working Towards Aboriginal Justice.

2) Aboriginal and Western Justice Systems: Worldview Clash and Domination Justice systems are key institutions to teach and enforce a culture's agreed upon values and mores.

Aboriginal culture developed in response to the natural environment and sometimes modified it.
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The philosophy in Aboriginal society was for all parties to acknowledge the crime, allow for some process of atonement, and install a system of reparation or compensation in order to restore harmony to the community.

At the very centre of Aboriginal culture is a rich oral mythology expressed in ceremonial life.
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Aborigines believe that the Wandjina give rain.

With respect to issues of jurisdiction, the legal and operational autonomy in corrections of each province and territory and of the federal government is recognized and respected. However, it is noted that given the large number of Aboriginal offenders under correctional supervision, the jurisdictional divisions may present unique challenges to the effective development and delivery of programs, treatment interventions and other services for Aboriginal offenders. Therefore, the Sub-Committee establishes as specific objectives with respect to correctional program delivery for Aboriginal offenders, the following principles:

For instance, in general, Aboriginal people are non-confrontational.

If the justice system in Manitoba is to earn the respect of Aboriginal people, it must first recognize and respect their cultures, their values and their laws.

This is an understanding that even many Aboriginal people lack.

The Heads of Corrections Aboriginal Offender Sub-Committee [hereinafter referred to as the Sub- Committee] shall undertake activities that will contribute to the positive evolution and healing of Aboriginal offenders in Canadian institutions.

CSC is expanding activity on the Aboriginal agenda and is currently:

The rules of behaviour and the cultural imperatives of Aboriginal society continue to determine how an Aboriginal person views the surrounding world, and they influence that person’s actions and reactions with other individuals and with society as a whole.

This problem is not restricted to Aboriginal peoples.

The Office of the Director General, Aboriginal Issues, shall provide Secretariat support to the Sub-Committee. Assistance, as required, shall be requested from the CSC Inter-Governmental Affairs Branch.