Political & Economic Organizations - Additional Reading

Traditional Social Organization

Conflict Resolution

cirlceIn traditional First Nations and Inuit communities, appropriate behavior was considered a personal responsibility. Traditional teachings encouraged people to take this responsibility.  Few incentives to break the law existed because individuals saw themselves holistically, as a member of the community.  They saw rules that were good for the community as being good for themselves.

Traditional methods for resolving conflict reflected respect for all people involved.  Each person was given an opportunity to speak to an issue, usually in a talking circle.  Every participant in the circle was required to be respectful.  This mutual support helped the community reach a resolution while retaining or restoring the dignity of those involved.