Instructions Find an opportunity to participate in, observe, or attend a program

Find an opportunity to participate in, observe, or attend a program or event related to Indigenous and/or restorative justice in your community (or reflect back on a previous one). For example, you could interview a program coordinator, facilitator, practitioner, past participant, board member, knowledge keeper, or elder. Or, you might have the opportunity to attend a circle, public event, workshop, or symposium. You could also seek out an experience that might have restorative justice elements, such as observing First Nations court in British Columbia.
If you cannot find a local program or workshop, you could set up a telephone interview with someone who works in the field of Indigenous and/or restorative justice outside of your community. You are responsible for preparing a list of interview or observation questions in advance, and are required to send that list to the interviewee prior to conducting the interview. This will allow your chosen individual to prepare for the interview, and will likely cause her/him to provide you with richer information that will add depth to your assignment. If interviewing someone, you need to include the list of your questions with your submission.
Write a 4–5 page reflection paper about your experience. This paper should be double-spaced using a 12 point font, and should include a clear introduction, a body of several paragraphs, and a conclusion, followed by a reference page in APA7 format. Since this is a reflective assignment, you will be writing from a first-person perspective.
First, provide a summary of the experience, and explain why you chose that particular program/event/interviewee. This is your opportunity to demonstrate how you can apply the knowledge you have gained from the course and use it to discuss your experience. In particular, you must demonstrate application of the course concepts covered in the Module 12 resources. This assignment also requires you to engage in a critical analysis. Ensure that you consider the history and impacts of colonization when discussing who a program/initiative/event/interviewee aims to serve, and how.
Some of the questions that you can use to guide this discussion include:
Why did you select your chosen program/initiative/event/interviewee?
If applicable, what kind of program/initiative/event is being offered?
In what ways does a program/initiative/event/interviewee seek to have a positive impact on Indigenous and non-indigenous people and communities?
What happened during your experience of the program/initiative/event/interview?
How does what you observed or learned during your experience relate to the themes/content of this course?
What elements of Indigenous worldviews and restorative justice values were present in the experience? What was missing?
Which stakeholders were included in the program/initiative/event/interview? Who was missing?
How do you feel about the experience? What did you learn?
Did your experience motivate you to take any action? Describe.
Module 12 has the following textbook readings
Monchalin, L. (2016). Chapter 13—Moving forward: Lighting the eighth fire. In The colonial problem: An Indigenous perspective on crime and injustice in Canada (pp. 287-322). Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.
Elliott, E. M. (2011). Conclusion. In Security with care: Restorative justice & healthy societies (pp. 209-213). Black Point, NS: Fernwood Publishing.
Elliott, E. M. (2011). Chapter 10—Restorative justice as community development. In Security with care: Restorative justice & healthy societies (pp. 189-208). Black Point, NS: Fernwood Publishing.
Module 12 has the following additional readings which are also attached
Rossner, M., & Bruce, J. (2016). Community participation in restorative justice: Rituals, reintegration, and quasi-professionalization. Victims & Offenders, 11(1), 107-125. doi:10.1080/15564886.2015.1125980
Vieille, S. (2013). Frenemies: Restorative justice and customary mechanisms of justice. Contemporary Justice Review, 16(2), 174-192. doi:10.1080/10282580.2012.734570
Sawasky, J. (2009). Chapter 4—Hollow Water community. In The ethic of traditional communities and the spirit of healing justice: Studies from Hollow Water, the Iona community, and Plum Village (pp. 97-137). London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Additional resources that can be used are the website to the program/event/organization. No additional outside sources are premitted as this assignment must focus on module 12 concepts that were connected to the program/event/organization/interview.