4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2011
I read this book as part of my book club and have been haunted by it since. It is a compelling look at how the justice system has failed this aborignal community.
You have a society that has been plagued by suicide, addiction, residential schools and poverty. Does incarceration mean anything without changing any of the factors that set people up to fail in the first place? How do you change something that no one can even speak about? If suicide or addiction occurred at such a rate in any community outside of a reserve, people would be devastated and it would be on the front page of every Canadian newspaper. I'm glad that someone has broken this silence.
on November 14, 2013
John Reilly is clearly passionate about this cause and about finding ways to prevent the average aboriginal person to not be mistreated at the hands of a select few in the tribal councils. It would have been better, however, if he had received some help with the writing of this book. He writes like a judge. Perhaps this will improve when he writes his second book because his message is certainly something that people need to hear.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2011
I concur with the previous review - haunting, sad, compelling. Worth reading! The book provides a whole new perspective on why the euro-centric view of justice imposed on the First Nations community has not worked. Reilly, has written his learning as a judge and a human being, one who cannot overlook where change is desperately needed.