Through A Relational Lens with Rupert Ross
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Rupert Ross, retired prosecutor for Ontario Attorney General, relates key features of his personal enquiry into justice as a healing experience. He explains a paradigmatic shift of perspective and adopts what he calls a relational lens of explanation. A relational lens examines relationships more than individuals and reveals a more inclusive way of doing justice. More importantly, Ross notes, through a relational lens, most injustices and justice procedures create a new and sudden relationship that requires careful restorative work based on sharing, kindness, humility and respect. (DVD 48 min. © 2012 Heartspeak Productions)
Rupert Ross addressed the Rethinking Justice Conference, hosted by the Pacific Business and Law Institute, in Vancouver, B.C., October 25th & 26th, 2012.
Rupert Ross’ primary responsibility with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General was conducting criminal prosecutions in Kenora, Ontario and over twenty remote fly-in Aboriginal communites in Northwestern Ontario. Ruper’s secondary responsibilities included making the ciminal justice system more responsive to the present day needs and cultural traditions of Aboriginal people and gaining expertise in restorative justice processes. He worked with the Federal Aboriginal Justice Directorate for three years, travelling across Canada examining Aboriginal approaches to crime, with special emphasis on healing programs for victims, offenders, families and communities. Rupert has written several articles and is the author of two books, Dancing With a Ghost and Returning To the Teachings.