Margot Van Sluytman is an internationally-respected independent voice in the field of Restorative Justice. Her lived-experience informs her greatly about justice advocacy, lectures, and writings. As a result of this work, she has been invited to colleges, and universities (Ottawa, Dalhousie, Simon Fraser, Acadia, as well as, Cambridge, Northumbria, Durham, and Leeds in Canada and the UK, respectively), healing centres, police headquarters, and homeless shelters to share with participants the power of Restorative Justice to better serve all citizens.
A crucial part of her work has been to visit jails throughout Canada and around the globe, where Margot found in doing so that:
"That brutality inside of prisons is not victims services, it is not a reflection of justice as a humane process... Far too many Aboriginal people are in the prisons. Far too many individuals with mental health issues are in the prisons. Far too little assistance for them and for those who have been harmed by their actions is available."
Margot however sees justice and prison systems changing as diverse voices continue to enter conversation around justice with concrete ideas and actions. Her Master’s Thesis: Sawbonna-Justice as a Lived Experience, addresses this.
For Correctional Service Canada: Restorative Justice - Sawbonna: Kindred Sibling of Restorative Justice: http://www.ccja-acjp.ca/pub/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/01/sawbonna_corr.pdf
For Prison Fellowship: http://emu.edu/now/restorative-justice/2011/11/29/good-and-bad-victims/
For Restorative Justice Online: http://www.planetary-spirit.com/Guests/135_Margot_Van_Sluytman.html
Masters Thesis - Sawbonna-Justice as a Lived Experience http://dtpr.lib.athabascau.ca/action/download.php?filename=mais/Final%20(2)%20Submission%20to%20MAIS.pdf
Successful blog: http://sawbonna.blogspot.ca/