Blog: Voices of Decolonization

Wabanaki Health, Wellness & Self-Determination - Summer News 2016

Sipayik_4th_-_5th_Grade_kkihkan_-_Wanbanaki_Health_Wellness_Blog_piece_2.jpgREACH Wellness work leads with the premise that the solution to or wellness lies in our culture. We continue to put forth the idea of decolonization – or reclaiming traditional ways of knowing and being that were disrupted as a result of colonization.

When our homelands were colonized, it resulted in loss of territory and undermined traditional sustenance practices which served us exceedingly well for millennia. In addition to hunting and fishing, our ancestors practiced communal gardening, wild harvesting and gathering.

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History Impacts

Sunrise_in_Sipayik.jpgThe Wabanaki, or “People of the Dawn,” are the first people of the area known today as Northeastern New England and Maritime Canada. Historians claim that the Wabanaki have lived on this land for more than 12,000 years; oral history asserts they have been here since the beginning. They have always defined their richness by the health and balance of their people, their relationship with the land, and their ability to ensure the health and well-being of their people in practical ways.

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Restorative Justice for Wabanaki People

FullSizeRender_-_3rd_Blog_Piece.jpgWe do not heal in isolation
We need compassionate support

Restorative justice is a way of being that focuses on relations and resolving harm. Restorative justice recognizes and acknowledges harm caused by crime and acts of wrongdoing and provides a different way to deal with the harm that is caused.

Restorative justice is justice that promotes healing.

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