Located in the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Onashowewin is a cost-shared Aboriginal restorative justice program that is funded jointly by Manitoba Justice and the Aboriginal Justice Directorate (AJD) of Justice Canada. The name Onashowewin is an Ojibway term that loosely translates to the process by which we see justice. Onashowewin Inc. supports the belief that by restoring, repairing and dealing with responsibility, accountability, learning and healing, we empower ourselves and our community.
Onashowewin is an Aboriginal justice program that works with victims, offenders, community members and elders. It accepts referrals from the Crown Attorney’s office for both youth and adults who have been charged with a variety of offences. Onashowewin uses a number of processes to resolve conflict where charges have been laid, including victim/offender mediation, Community Justice Forums, conciliation and specific programs for offenders.
The aim of Onashowewin is to address the underlying issues that have led to criminal behaviours and to make offenders accountable for their actions. The offenders may participate in one of the in-house programs or may be referred to other community programs, services or assessments. The objective of Onashowewin is to help restore, heal and transform relationships and the community.