Holistic Healing Library - 11 Disc set

This library collection is designed as a resource to complement healing circle discussion in institutional settings or community focus groups.  Heartspeak has chosen specific titles, developed in cooperation with medical and criminological researchers, correctional inmates and staff, and dedicated volunteers implementing crucial ideas in the field of transformational, healing approaches to justice and conflict resolution.

Includes 24 page dialogue and experiential exercise booklet from A Healing River - An Invitation to Explore Restorative Justice Values and Principles. (Table of Contents)

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1. A Healing River - An Invitation to Explore Restorative Justice Values and Principles

A Healing River is a collection of passionate voices and heartfelt stories that take you on a journey through the paradigm shift that some call restorative justice. This educational film takes a thought provoking look at the issues of trauma, recovery and the psychological foundations of restorative process.  A Healing River includes interviews with some of North America's leading thinkers and most experienced practitioners in the restorative justice movement. (84 min. DVD & 24 page Dialogue Guide on CDRom, 2004)

A Healing River - An Invitation to Explore Restorative Justice Values and Principles from Heartspeak Productions on Vimeo.

2. Intergenerational Trauma and Healing - With Dr. Joe Solanto

This presentation from the 2008 Aboriginal Justice Forum at UBC features Joe Solanto, PhD.  Dr. Solanto explains how trauma works at a physiological level as well as the effects of colonization and transmission of trauma over generations.  He shows how crime and other social problems are understandable responses to trauma and what the implications are for individuals, families and communities committed to healing. (DVD 22 min. 2008)Trauma and the Effects of Victimization with Dr. Joe Solanto from Heartspeak Productions on Vimeo.

3. Trauma and the Effects of Victimization - Workshop with Dr. Joe Solanto

In this three hour workshop held at Ferndale Institution with staff, prisoners and volunteers, Dr. Solanto speaks about trauma and how it affects our body, brain, feelings and relationships.  He explains why trauma affects people differently and brings to light the kinds of individual and societal responses that create the conditions needed for healing to happen. (2 DVD set 3hr. 5 min. 2007 )

Trauma and the Effects of Victimization with Dr. Joe Solanto from Heartspeak Productions on Vimeo.

4. Brain Development and Addiction - Dr. Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté, M.D. provides a clear explanation of addiction and its crucial relationship to brain development in early childhood and associated environmental conditions. Through a synthesis of clinical experience, cutting edge brain research, and spiritual teachings, Dr. Maté describes why we seek such destructive ways to comfort ourselves and why is it so difficult to stop.  He explains the 4 basic brain systems involved with healthy development, as well as addiction, and why they are so powerful.  Dr. Maté proposes a compassionate approach to healing and suggests that we need to widen our lens to look at the conditions in the world that feed, drive and promote addiction versus health and balance. (DVD 64 min. 2009)

Brain Development and Addiction with Gabor Maté from Heartspeak Productions on Vimeo.

5. Gladue Community Justice Forum - Building Relationships: Working Together

This forum highlights the landmark Canadian Supreme Court decision (1999) that decreed that judges must take into account the unique circumstances of Aboriginal people when passing sentence on Aboriginal offenders. Judge Murray Sinclair explores the historical relationship between aboriginal people and the criminal justice system in Canada and discusses the development of the Gladue protocol in Manitoba. (1 hr. 4 min.) Judge Tony Mandamin presents on the TsuuT’ina First Nation Justice Initiatives and highlights the importance of Section 718.2.e of the Criminal Code. (57 min.) Jonathan Rudin, program director at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, explains the legal interpretation of the Gladue decision and the Toronto Gladue Court model. (55 min.)  Therapist Tony Martens shares insights gained from the Yellowhead Family Sexual Assault Treatment, Hinton Program, accepted by the courts as an Alternative to Incarceration Treatment Program.  Tony developed the holistically based long term treatment program which treats all members of the family (including victim & offenders) where sexual abuse or family violence have occurred. (49 min.) (3 DVD 3 hr. 45 min. 2007)

Gladue Community Justice Forum P1 - Associate Chief Judge Murray Sinclair from Heartspeak Productions on Vimeo.

6. In Search of Healing Justice - Cheryl Edwards and Kathleen Walters

This presentation from the March 2009 Aboriginal Justice Strategy Conference, in Vancouver BC, features two brave First Nations women who challenged convention, bureaucracy and themselves to discover a healing process which included face to face reconciliation between them: one the family survivor of the murder committed by the other. Their common experiences, cultural values and quest for healing show how truth, respect and honesty help to form an innate sense of justice so often ignored by typical legal and corrective proceedings. Their persistence, despite all odds, to follow a spiritual path to justice, and to exhibit such a profound sense of inclusion and acceptance in the face of tragedy, challenges not only our cultural expression or ideas of justice, but our personal strengths, our convictions and the fortitude of our compassion. (DVD 69 min. 2009)

In Search of Healing Justice from Heartspeak Productions on Vimeo.

7. Justice and Reconciliation with Dr. Joe Solanto

In Justice and Reconciliation, Dr. Joe Solanto invites us to examine policies and practices which often result in social harm rather than an enhanced cultural dialogue. Solanto reminds us that acknowledging diversity in culture and circumstance in Canadian aboriginal communities is not enough; we must thoroughly examine the assessment tools and models we use when we approach aboriginal communities so as to avoid unintentionally continuing oppressive practices. At a deeper level, he notes, our widely accepted understanding of rights and personhood is a backdrop against which aboriginal people and their cultural values are often misunderstood and oppressed. Solanto challenges us to abandon flawed and inadequate practices and models in favour of community building, which begins with non-aboriginals acknowledging the healing that they must engage in order to become true allies on the path toward reconciliation. Includes a reading of Shirley Flowers poem “You Dared To Call Us Savages”. (DVD 55 min. © 2012 Heartspeak Productions) Joe Solanto, PhD, addressed the Rethinking Justice Conference, hosted by the Pacific Business and Law Institute, in Vancouver, B.C., October 25th & 26th, 2012.