Margot Van Sluytman


Margot Van Sluytman is the Founder and Director of the Sawbonna Project whose mission is: shaping concrete vision for inclusivity of all voices in the social, criminal, and restorative justice areas. Her father was murdered and she now works with the man who murdered him.

She also is an Award-winning poet and academic. She is a social justice activist who teaches therapeutic writing to educate individuals how to write to find healing and transformation for themselves and those with whom they work. She is invited across North America to speak about the importance of poetry and narrative and how they are connected to shifting oft-times limited and limiting understanding of what living justice means.

Her most recent book, Sawbonna: I See You is a real life restorative justice story–her story of life from murder to meaning. It has garnered praise from Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, with whom Margot shared the stage in the both Kansas and Cleveland. And for which
Howard Zehr, PhD has written the Foreword.

Margot believes that one story can and does save and honour life.

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