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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada; 1 edition (Feb. 28 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143055593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143055594
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.2 x 20.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

RUPERT ROSS is a retired assistant Crown Attorney for the District of Kenora, Ontario. Starting in 1985, he conducted criminal prosecutions for more than twenty remote Ojibway and Cree First Nations communities in northwestern Ontario. His first book, Dancing with a Ghost, started his exploration of aboriginal visions of existence and became a bestseller. His second book, Returning to the Teachings, was also a bestseller and examined the aboriginal preference for the “peacemaker justice” he observed during a three-year secondment with Justice Canada. Both books were shortlisted for the Gordon Montour Award for the best Canadian non-fiction book on social issues, and are presently used in universities and colleges across North America. Following his retirement, Ross was awarded the prestigious 2011 National Prosecution Award for Humanitarianism, and the Ontario Crown Attorneys Association has created an award named after him. He continues to live just north of Kenora with his wife, Val.


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This book was amazing because it was written by a former Crown attorney for Ontario who turned his thinking almost 180 degrees by working with Aboriginals. Working with native communities transformed his world view, and made him much more respectful of their native wisdom and healing methods. I think this book is helpful for social workers and anyone who has an interest in helping themselves and others. I have worked with women who were sexually abused and I never heard any social workers or counsellors ever discuss the Aboriginal healing circles as something they could learn from and this is too bad. It really should be taught to more counsellors and social workers, I think, because it has a lot of inherent wisdom that can be applied to people dealing with conflicts or broken relationships in their lives. I am so glad Mr. Ross wrote this book and shared it with us!
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Whether you're a student, teacher, or you want to read this for fun - I highly recommend this book. The book contains practical lessons for the class room, life and for the justice system. Anyone who wants to help repair their community, solve the injustices present in the criminal justice system, or who has been a victim of crime should read this book.
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Maybe, just maybe, Europeans will look back in time to discover the eternal wisdom of original societies. Now, as then, and into the future how we relate to each other will lead our lives... and this we can learn by listening. Anything Rupert Ross writes, read it!
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Used this book for a cultural diversity & service learning class. Very informative and relevant to most anyone, especially social workers.
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