Short Canadian film depicts aboriginal woman’s experience with mediation

An Aboriginal Woman’s Experience with Mediation” is a six-minute-long film that allows a woman to describe what mediation meant for her and the changes in her life it helped her produce:

…When you go to appear in front of a judge with a lawyer, your lawyer does all the talking and you don’t get to be heard. Whereas with mediation you have a voice and there’s options…and things get worked out on both sides…

Despite its length, this little film speaks volumes, serving as an eloquent reminder to lawyers and judges of mediation’s power to give a voice to those whom the legal system all too often silences.

“An Aboriginal Woman’s Experience with Mediation” was produced by the Vancouver Coastal Region, Ministry of Children and Family Development, for the Mediation Cafe, a mediation forum held in April 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Thanks to the Peacemakers Trust for the link, which reports on news and events on dispute resolution.

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Diane J. Levin

Diane Levin, J.D., is a mediator, dispute resolution trainer, negotiation coach, writer, and lawyer based in Marblehead, Massachusetts, who has instructed people from around the world in the art of talking it out. Since 1995 she has helped clients resolve disputes involving tort, employment, business, estate, family, and real property… MORE >

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