RETRIBUTIVE VS RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

What are the varying levels at which truth and reconciliation must take place? 

Nuremberg is a formalist legalistic approach. And it is critical. Institutions and formal power must respond to injustice and rectify processes, laws, institutions, regimes, etc.

 

But beyond that, there is a social reconciliation, cultural reconciliation and human reconciliation process that must happen underneath those structures and forms of power if full and true human healing is to happen.

 

What are our possibilities for the future?​

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RECONCILIATION + MEMORY

Storytime (abridged version)

by Shelley Barry, WEAVE

 

We will write

Gather stories unto ourselves

And breathe them out

We will write

For our ancestors

For unborn children

For I and I

 

We will write

When all we have

Are words

[…]

 

We are writing the sounds

Of our lives

The smell of our Africa

We are slaves mothers sisters queens

Friends comrades lovers

We pound unbeaten drums

We carve our words on the cave walls of time

We write ourselves into history

[…]

 

For here begins

Our once upon a time

CULTURAL ABORIGILAN GENOCIDE

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its report yesterday here in Canada.

​"Words are not enough," Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the commission said, to address the "cultural genocide" of residential schools on aboriginal communities.

Joining Shad to talk about the TRC's findings are three leaders in the Aboriginal arts community, through the lens of culture:

  • Jesse Wente is a culture commentator and Director of Film Programmes at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. 

  • Tara Beagan is a playwright, performer, artist and director 

  • Musician Ian Campeau, also known as DJ NDN from A Tribe Called Red. 

Our panelists share their reactions to the the TRC's findings released this week, and discuss the arts' important role in educating and sharing stories that not everyone may have encountered through traditional educators. 

"For the majority of indigenous artists, we are politicised by our very  existence. 

 

Residential schools were meant to wipe us out," says Wente, who also pointed out that the history of residential schools has been touched upon very rarely in film.

"The fact that we exist, persist, and continue to make indigenous art is in itself a political act, and in a way a resistance against the legacy of residential schools."

 GENOCIDE - THE AFTERMATH

           GUAVA JUICE

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           shake shake my comrade

           shake that invention of the working class

           shake that unifying medicine before it's too late

           shake before the time come to pass

           shake that guava juice

           throw throw qabane

           throw that liquid of capitalist invention

           throw the blood of Ntsikane

           throw before they see your intention

           throw that guava juice

           dance dance my hero

           dance around the fire of resistance

           dance at the success of your throw

           dance because the dogs are still at a distance

           dance for that guava juice

           make make my young lion

           make another guava juice

           make another one as strong as iron

           make many more until they beg for a truce

           make those many guava juices

           beg, beg you bastard

           beg that your filthy skin be spared

           beg that your blood does not flood

           beg because we have many guava juices stored

           beg those little dangerous guava juices

 RETRIBUTIVE VS RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

 CASE STUDIES 

 USA - KERNER COMMISSION  

S.AFRICA - T.R.C. GENDER  

GERMANY - NUREMBERG TRIALS

CANADA - RECONCILIATION