ONASHOWEWIN JUSTICE CIRCLE
Boozhoo, I’m Samantha Myran, an Anishinaabekwe from Ginooshkodeyaang (or Long Plain) in Southern Manitoba and this year I graduated from UBC with a Bachelor’s in First Nations and Indigenous Studies. For my Practicum, I was approved for off-site placement in my home territory, the Treaty 1 traditional territory of the Ojibwe, Cree, Stabla Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene, and Metis peoples.
1. Who was your practicum partner organization, and what did your project entail?
My partner organization was Onashowewin Justice Circle located in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba. In a field dominated by statistics as a measurement of success, this collaborative project challenged such intentions giving agency and voice to the clients and workers reporting on the successes of Onashowewin.
2. What is one thing you learned from your Practicum experience?
My experience at Onashowewin has shown me what a successful program looks like in the Restorative Justice (RJ) field. The RJ principles and values I learned there have bettered my understanding of the justice system of Canada, knowledge I will carry with me as I start my first year of Law School this September.
Chi Meegwetch FNIS and Onashowewin Justice Circle! I could not have hoped for a better experience.