This article features quotes and more from IPI Advisory Committee member Cheryl D. Fairbanks, and Zuni/Navajo Peacemaker Christy Chapman. The article calls for changes to the child welfare legal system, and features peacemaking, and two other methodologies that derive from indigenous circle processes (though the connection to indigenous practices isn’t so clear in the language of the article) as possible advances systems that can implemented. Click here to see the full article: https://youthtoday.org/2020/06/families-communities-systems-need-to-collaborate-to-really-help-whole-child/
This wonderful book tells the Iroquois story of Tadodaho, Hiawatha, and the Peacemaker, with historical references provided and with beautiful illustrations by David Shannon. Also included is a CD by the author, rock music legend and Mohawk and Cayuga Robbie Robertson. This book is beautiful to look at, the story beautiful to read, and really should be a “must-read” for a real American story. Well worth the purchase price to have on hand, and worthy… Read More »NEWS: Hiawatha and the Peacemaker- A Book for Young (and ALL) Readers by Robbie Robertson
NEWS: Oxford Transitional Justice Research Group Seminar On Monday, May 25, 2020 IPI Staff Attorney Brett Lee Shelton and Advisory Committee Member Judge Tim Connors, as well as Michigan Law Professor Margaret Connors, all participated as guest speakers in a seminar forum on Peacemaking hosted by Advisory Committee Member Carson Smith from the prestigious University Oxford in England. The host organization for the seminar was the Oxford Transitional Justice Research group. The seminar was recorded… Read More »NEWS: Oxford Transitional Justice Research Group Seminar
NEWS: Taking Circles Online In the wake of COVID-19 concerns, some restorative justice programs have started to offer assistance online over conferencing platforms like Zoom and WebEx. While Peacemakers know that the experience cannot be the same as when you are in the same room together, there are still conflicts in need of addressing so video-conference circles are being used as the best available option for the present time. The graphic below is the timeline… Read More »NEWS: Taking Circles Online
NEWS: A Little Girl’s Wisdom The wisdom this little girl shares with her mother after the parents had an argument is amazing. Native cultures often conceptualize children and elders as closest to the spirit world. This girl shares the perspective… as she tries to make peace in her home life… Special thanks to Judge Bill Thorne for sharing this story with us.
Canadian Attorney and Friend of IPI David G. Newman, Q.C., of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is featured in the recently published Supreme Advocacy article “Advice, and Urging, from a 50-year Lawyer in the Middle of Canada.” Newman’s call to action includes the admonition that western hemisphere governments can and should work to right the wrongs of the past. This will benefit everyone, not just the descendants of the survivors of those wrongs. But doing so: “now… Read More »NEWS: Advice to Western Civil Societies, from a Long-term First Nations Ally
At this link, you can find a free webinar on the Little Book of Restorative Teaching Tools, sponsored by the Zehr Institute and presented by the authors, Lindsey Pointer and Kathleen McGoey of the Longmont (Colorado) Community Justice Partners program: Includes a wide ranging discussion on how restorative practices can have positive impacts in many different spheres of life and work, focusing on pedagogical approaches.
The Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia is offering a series of classes related to peace and circle processes in a non-tribal context. These courses include: Transforming Community Spaces through Equitable CollaborationFrank Dukes and Leanne Nurse Live online course dates and times: May 13, 20, 27: 1 pm – 4:30 pm (EDT) June 3, 10: 1 pm – 4:30 pm (EDT) For more information, click here: https://emu.edu/spi/courses/#691 Digital Peacebuilding and Peace Tech:Understanding Social Media, Conflict, and… Read More »NEWS: Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia is Offering Peacemaking Courses
NEWS: Peacemaking at Home During Quarantine SOME TIMELY ADVICE to help keep peace while living in quarantine! Featured below are links to some helpful articles, initially compiled by the Conflict Resolution Institute at the University of Denver, “How to Not Completely Hate the People You’re Quarantined With” Take it from experts who study isolation: It’s hard, it takes teamwork, and it may cause excessive staring into nothingness. https://www.wired.com/story/coronavirus-surviving-quarantine-without-killing-partner/?fbclid=IwAR1sXxvU1TtovdeVMvC4ysr3EGsFPC3YNfAg9FNdwIgsXi2lUBklRa0YyF0 Preventing Household Conflict When You’re Stuck at… Read More »NEWS: Peacemaking at Home During Quarantine
Cheyenne and Arapaho artist George Levi created this ledger art drawing to support efforts to act responsibly and protect each other. Thank you and please share this message!
Excellent 2017 article by Rebecca Clarren that features groundbreaking Tribal Court Judge Abbi Abinanti, and application of peacemaking principles in a domestic violence case. The article also discusses the court of IPI Advisoryc Committee member and Michigan state court judge Timothy Connors (along with a nice quote), features a quote from IPI Advisory Committee member Cheryl Fairbanks, and discusses the Kake, Alaska peacemaking program founded by IPI Advisory Committee member Mike Jackson. Click here for… Read More »NEWS: Native American Peacemaking Court Offers a Model for Reform
Please consider donating now to the Flicker Fund, which is raising and mobilizing funds to direct critical resources to the most vulnerable in our already challenged communities. The Flicker Fund provides direct grant support to stressed Indigenous communities on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, where some are already facing issues of hunger, lack of access to water, and unable to secure basic hygiene and material supplies needed for everyday life. Flicker Fund goes directly to Indigenous… Read More »NEWS: Donate to the Flicker Fund!
The 10th Annual International Cyber-Conference on Dispute Resolution is being held at California State University, Dominguez Hills in the Extended Education Auditorium on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Online attendance options are also available. The Cyber-Conference will deal with negotiations, conflict resolution, and peacemaking methods. Please download the promotional flyer for more information.
The title of this year’s workshop is “ICWA as the Gold Standard for All Children – Reunification in Courts and Schools, Peacemaking as a Path to Get There.” This year’s training will feature a State ICWA training and an example of School Peacemaking Programs. We will also show a video on peacemaking and provide an introduction to the concepts of peacemaking. For a full schedule for the event, please download the agenda attached below:
The sign at the new Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Tribal Court in Dowagiac, MI brings the prominence of peacemaking to all who pass by. Construction for the Peacemaking Center started in 2018 and took over 15 months to complete. The Pokagon Band of Powatomini Court & Peacemaking Center was opened on December 11, 2019 and contains a “healing fire room.” Thanks to IPI Advisory Committee Member and Pokagon Chief Judge Michael Petoskey for bringing attention… Read More »NEWS: Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Tribe’s Peacemaking Center Update
NEWS: Grant Opportunities for Supporting Native Youth and Culture Available For those interested, there are two grant opportunities available for supporting Native Youth and Culture. The Native Youth and Culture Fund Grant Opportunity offered by the First Nations Development Instituted which is intended “to partner with tribes, Native nonprofit organizations and Native community groups working in rural and reservation-based communities and seeking ways to preserve, strengthen and/or renew Native cultures and traditions among youth”. All… Read More »NEWS: Grant Opportunities for Supporting Native Youth and Culture Available
The Midwest Peacemaking Training for 2020 has been scheduled for August 6th and 7th at the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, MI. The details of the Midwest Peacemaker Training 2020, and a registration web page, are out now. Click on the link below to sign up and ensure your spot, as space is limited to 100 participants. https://littlerivermpc.wixsite.com/peacemaking/peacemaking-conference
The University of California at Berkeley is currently searching for a Restorative Practices Project Analyst. Per the University of California, Berkeley’s job posting, job duties will include: Supporting the Center for Student Conduct’s (CSC) mission to administer the UC Berkeley Code of Student Conduct through equitable practices that promotes community-building and encourages mutual respect through the development of a robust alternative resolution process. Spearheading the CSC’s Restorative Education Practices and Initiative for Alternative Resolution (REPAIR).… Read More »NEWS: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY SEEKS RESTORATIVE PRACTICES PROJECT ANALYST
The International Peacemaking Conference previously scheduled for August 5-7, 2020 has been postponed until 2021 to allow for greater planning and further fundraising efforts. Please download the flyer below for additional information.
This very informative article from Ireland describes a recent lecture given by IPI Advisory Committee member Judge Timothy Connors during a visit to the homeland of his own ancestors. He described the shortcomings of Irish mediation standards, and the potential benefits of alternative approaches such as the peacemaking employed at his own Ann Arbor, MI court. Click here for the full article: https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/top-stories/mediation-standards-in-ireland-fall-short-of-best-practice-seminar-hears/