Yesterday, Opaskwayak Cree Nation announced that they are recommending seven conditions that two non indigenous females from Flin Flon are required to abide by, following a conflict resolution mediation circle held last month.
The special mediation circle stemmed from an incident the occurred last summer when the two women posted racist and hateful remarks on social media toward indigenous peoples after one of the woman had her car vandalised The incident was investigated and the two women from Flin Flon and a woman from Denare Beach were charged.
Given that this was the first mediation circle of its kind in Canada OCN saw value in turning this incident into a teachable moment under the spirit of intent of reconciliation.
The seven conditions that these two women must follow include,
1. Writing an apology letter to news outlets through the RCMP,
2. staying away from social media platforms,
3. Taking culturally appropriate anger management and domestic violence workshops facilitated by OCN’s restorative justice system.
4. Writing an essay or research paper on indigenous issues.
5.working 80 hours of community service on a First nation
6. Seek counselling with a metal health therapist
7. Attend a cultural awareness residential school camp.
Chief Christian Sinclair says that this is a historic opportunity to deliver restorative justice from a first nation’s perspective and it allows them to use conditions based on the seven sacred teachings. Courage, Respect, Truth, Honesty, Love, Wisdom, and Humility.
If the two women do not accept the terms and conditions requested by OCN they will be referred back to the criminal justice system.