Restorative Justice at the Miyo Wahkotowin Community Education Authority


  • Matthew Wildcat BA (Hons), Native Studies (Alberta), MA, Indigenous Governance (Victoria).



This article examines the development of restorative justice techniques at the Miyo Wahkotowin Community Education Authority, which operates three schools for the Emineskin Cree Nation in Maskwacis (Hobbema, Alberta).  The article begins with an examination of conflict with Maskwacis.  Contextualizing the conflict that takes place within the community is necessary to understand the restorative justice techniques employed by Miyo Wahkotowin.  While many techniques of restorative justice has previously been implicitly practiced in the schools overseen by Miyo Wahkotowin, officially adopted restorative justice techniques provided a set of ideas that allows Miyo Wahkotowin to explicitly discuss and practice alternate forms of conflict resolution.  The article ends by looking at how the use of restorative justice techniques by Miyo Wahkotowin holds transformative potential for the community of Maskwacis as a whole.

Author Biography

Matthew Wildcat, BA (Hons), Native Studies (Alberta), MA, Indigenous Governance (Victoria).

Matthew grew up in the community of Maskwacis (Hobbema, Alberta) and has worked in the community for the past three years.  He is also a band member of the Ermineskin Cree Nation.  He plans to pursue studies at the PhD level in the fall of 2011 and intends to continue researching pre-reserve Plains Indigenous political collectives, the current state of Indigenous political collectivities, and use his imagination to envision how Indigenous political collectivities might look in the future.