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Restorative Justice Mediation
Resistance Education facilitates mediation through a restorative justice framework. Restorative justice is a reflective process, a process that brings together those who have harmed, those who have been harmed, and people in relation to both parties, together in circle(s) to facilitate communal healing and accountability. In a restorative justice mediation both parties leave circle having come up with a shared upon agreement for how to move forward from the harm that has been done. Each mediation is different. Each accountable form of justice is different. Through mediation there is a neutral facilitator helping all parties come to an agreement through reflective exercises, respectful dialogue, and more depending on the degree of the harm. A “modern” endorsement of restorative justice is fairly new, as the United Nations in 2002 endorsed the use of it after decades of institutional practices of non punitive systems of accountability from harm.
However, it is paramount to give credit to the teachings of this practice. First Nation, Native Americans, Indigenous peoples, have built communities on non punitive justice that brings together in circle those who have harmed, those who have been harmed, and those in relation to both parties. In the Native worldview there is a deep connection between justice and spirituality; harmony and balance are essential to both.