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Reconciliation: A new generation of aboriginal Canadians weighs in
from the interview by CBCNews: Reneltta Arluk is a writer and actor of Inuvialuit, Gwich’in and Chipewyan-Cree descent originally from the Northwest Territories. Raised by her grandparents on the trap-line until school age, Reneltta travelled with them across the North. In 2008, Reneltta founded Akpik Theatre in Yellowknife to help produce and tell northern indigenous stories.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
RJ Article Nwogu, Nneoma V. When and Why It Started: Deconstructing Victim-Centered Truth Commissions in the Context of Ethnicity-Based Conflict.
This article argues that truth commissions as a transitional justice mechanism have fallen short of what is achievable within the context of their own aspirations, particularly with respect to cases involving ethnicity-based violence. This failure is primarily due to the structural application of the narrative process, where (1) the commissions shy away from exploring the motivations behind violent actions; (2) victims’ and perpetrators’ voices are restrained to fit into collective accounts; and (3) victims’ voices are elevated over perpetrators’ in the memory-making aspect of the commissions’ work. This article asserts that truth commissions must focus on personal narratives over grand narratives, de-essentialize the ‘victim’ and the ‘perpetrator’ and place victims’ and perpetrators’ narratives on equal footing with respect to the collective memory project. Governments must allow more time and resources for truth commissions to delve into the nuances of conflict in order to create a more feasible platform for realistic reconciliation and the possibility of enduring peace. (Author's abstract)
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Peacemaking in Indonesia
In 1999, Duane Ruth-Heffelbower took a leave of absence from his graduate faculty position at Fresno Pacific University’s Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies to accept an invitation to join the faculty of Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia under an appointment from the Mennonite Central Committee.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / May 2002 Edition
A Ministry of Reconciliation: The Umuvumu Tree Project in Rwanda
With the imminent release of thousands of genocide prisoners angry over eight years of imprisonment without trial into communities still bitter over the violence and death, Prison Fellowship Rwanda, a local NGO, saw the potential for renewed violence and decided to act.
Located in Previous Editions / 2003 / February 2003 Edition
Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro
Truth and Reconciliation Commissions have been convened to address human rights atrocities in several countries. The commissions document what happened and the harms that resulted, and when they work well, they point the way toward reconciliation. One community in the United States, Greensboro, North Carolina, is using this model to address the continuing effects of killings that took place during a 1979 civil rights rally. In this article, Joya Wesley, a freelance journalist working with the Greensboro Truth and Community Reconciliation Project (GTCRP) describes the work of the project.
Located in Previous Editions / 2004 / December 2004 Edition
Waging Peace in Nicaragua.
In the 1980s, a small group of pastors decided to work toward ending the civil war engulfing their country. Since that time, the work of these peace commissions has adapted as the needs of their local communities changes. This includes providing reintegration services for ex-combatants in the post-war period and their current work of resolving conflicts and responding to crime. The remaining peace commissioners are now looking to restorative justice theory to inform their work. Tracey King, a student in the Conflict Transformation Programme at Eastern Mennonite University, provides an overview of the work undertaken by the peace commissions since their inception.
Located in Previous Editions / 2005 / May 2005 Edition
Organizing Ex-Combatants for Peace in Mozambique
As violent civil conflicts end, ex-combatants are sometimes treated as a risk to social peace and stability. Yet, as one organization in Mozambique demonstrates, ex-combatants can be key players in the peacebuilding process, promoting peace and reconciliation, and mediating peaceful solutions to conflicts.
Located in Previous Editions / 2007 / April 2007 Edition
The Bougainville Project of PEACE Foundation Melanesia
Founded in 1995, PEACE Foundation Melanesia is a grassroots organization working on peacemaking in Papua New Guinea. Much of its early work focused on Bougainville training village leaders to be peacemakers.
Located in Previous Editions / 2007 / August 2007 Edition
“Operation Regeneration”: Applying the Lessons of Bougainville to International Peace Operations
Using lessons learned from Bougainville, this article presents a hypothetical civil war and how peace operations might respond. The article is excerpted from the PhD dissertation of Peter Reddy who studied peacemaking operations in Bougainville and Somalia. His complete dissertation, Peace Operations and Restorative Justice: Groundwork for Post-conflict Regeneration, is attached.
Located in Previous Editions / 2007 / August 2007 Edition
Grassroots Reconciliation in Sierra Leone
Since the end of its civil war, Sierra Leone has faced many challenges as ex-combatants and their victims return to their communities, often living side-by-side. Official mechanisms such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the U.N. backed tribunals have had limited impact for those living in rural communities who suffered the most from the war. In response, the non-governmental, human rights organization Forum of Conscience has begun to revive traditional conflict resolution measures to bring victims and ex-combatants together in reconciliation ceremonies.
Located in Previous Editions / 2008 / October 2008 Edition