Webinar: Recovery from Street Gang Domination: An Indigenous Restorative Justice Approach

Please join Justice Canada and STR8 UP for a discussion of gang life and recovery, from an Indigenous perspective.

March 4, 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

This two-hour session describes the journey to become an Indigenous gang member, often beginning in early childhood, or even prior to birth. Poverty, racism, abandonment and various forms of dysfunctions and abuse lead young people into a life which promises acceptance and fulfillment, but which in fact is addictive, criminal and controlled by others. Our society seems unable to reclaim these alienated and troubled youth.

In this presentation, the Medicine Wheel is the holistic model used in beginning a journey of Healing.

Stan Tu’inukuafe will talk about the history of youth without belongings, as well as the needs and processes in a journey of recovery and rehabilitation.

During the second and third part of the presentation, Owen, a recovering ex-gang member, will share his criminal and incarceration experiences and will focus on his self-empowerment and rehabilitation in achieving a healthy transformation.

Open discussion and exchange with the audience will close the session.

Registration Details

There is no cost for the webinar, but registration is required. Registration is open throughout the webinar. Please register here: Registration link

This webinar will be delivered in English with simultaneous interpretation in French. Viewers are invited to submit questions for the presenters in either official language.

To ensure you will not have any problems connecting to the live webcast, we highly recommend that you visit the following web site as soon as possible so that we can address any issues prior to the event: Test link

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  • Access the Learning and Development section in PeopleSoft Self-Service, complete your Training Request using course code: 016956. Select the session code: 0001.

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STR8 UP assists individuals in mastering their own destiny in liberating themselves from gangs and criminal street lifestyles. STR8 UP works in the core community in Saskatoon with ex-gang members and their families, to help support individuals as they embark on a healthier path. STR8 UP is a grassroots organization that is driven by our members. We do not walk in front to lead, nor behind to push, we walk beside our members to assist, accompany, encourage and support. We do our best to meet members where they are at and case plan accordingly. See STR8 UP’s website for more details: http://str8-up.ca/

Stan Tu’Inukuafe

Stan Tu’Inukuafe has been working with youth and adults involved in the criminal justice system for the last 17 years. Stan is married and is the father of four beautiful girls. Currently, Stan works as a school social worker at Oskāyak High School.

Owen Pelletier

Owen Pelletier was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on August 6, 1982. He is a first generation fallout of the residential schools on his mother’s side of the family, which is Cowessess First Nation. He is also a victim of family fracturement from the Sixties Scoop on his father’s side of the family, which is Meadow Lake Saskatchewan. Owen was raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and currently resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Due to his parents’ upbringing, he has suffered intergenerational traumas for much of his life.

Owen was addicted to drugs and alcohol for over twenty years and he was also a member of a major Native street gang for over twelve years. It wasn’t until his thirties that he began to discover and address the issues that were at the root cause of so much suffering in his life. Today, Owen has discovered his voice and is pursuing his dream as a speaker. By sharing his story through writing and speaking he has made the decision to use all of his life experiences as tools to help those who may be struggling with some of the same realities that he has survived.

Owen is a loving and caring father of three wonderful children. He is also a member of STR8UP. Owen has actively participated in over sixty community presentations and is currently a student at The First Nations University of Canada studying Indigenous Social Work.

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