VIU appoints first Chair of Aboriginal Studies to research Restorative Justice and Indigenous Communities

Vancouver Island University

from BC Local News:

Restorative justice and indigenous communities will be the research topic for the first appointee to a prestigious aboriginal chair position at Vancouver Island University.

Roy Janisch has been named VIU’s inaugural Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies.

Janisch is an associate professor of justice studies at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. His nine-month term at VIU begins in September 2016.

“It’s such an honour to be recognized for this chair,” says Janisch, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. “I look forward to collaborating in this role to address and hopefully solve some of the problems that we have in society today.”

The Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies is supported by $250,000 US in funding provided by the Fulbright Canada Foundation and the Jarislowsky Foundation. The position, funded for five years, will engage VIU’s aboriginal students in research and strengthen relationships between the university, First Nations, Métis, Inuit and the broader community. A new chair will be selected annually.

Restorative justice emphasizes the rehabilitation of offenders through victim and community reconciliation. As a former criminal investigator and police officer – including on his home reservation – Janisch brings a wealth of experience to his position at VIU.

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