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The CCJC partners with organizations and communities across Canada to promote the principles and practices of restorative justice.

Click the following links to access RJ events and our RJ-related resources (including CCJC’s RJ workshop).

Restorative justice is founded on a vision of justice that heals and restores. It is based on an understanding that crime is a violation of people and relationships and that justice is served when those most directly involved in an offence are given opportunities to redress the harm caused. The values of restorative justice include caring and compassion, equality, healing, responsibility, truth and honesty, inclusion, trust, safety, respect, non-judgmentalism, self-awareness, integrity, flexibility, and empathy.

In conferences, trainings and symposia, CCJC explores ways to use our voices for justice and true peacemaking.  Alliances and partnerships formed across Canada provided opportunities to introduce restorative justice principles, values, and initiatives to citizens and institutions such as schools, businesses and social service providers. While our practice evolves, our values and principles remain constant; we all thrive by staying connected and growing from our experiences.

Over the years, CCJC has produced a number of valuable resources on restorative justice. We are also involved in ‘RJ Week’ events across Canada. 

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.

2 Cor. 5:18-20

 

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As we reflect in these coming days upon the many blessings in our lives, may we consider those who have been impacted by the justice system - both victims and offenders. Many families are impacted by justice-involvement and this time of year can be hard for those who cannot be with their loved ones as a result.

CCJC puts justice that heals at the forefront of our mission and our vision to create positive change through restorative models of justice. Currently our work is focused on The Empathy Project, a victim-impact and empathy skills training program for incarcerated individuals.

Presently CCJC is developing a new curriculum for use in the Empathy Project. Two versions of the curriculum are in the process of being created. These curricula will be streamed to the specific needs of both men and women and will be created with 100% Canadian content as well as with a restorative justice context in mind. If this work interests you, we would be so grateful for your support.

As the season of giving is upon us, this Christmas, consider sharing empathy with someone in need by supporting The Empathy Project. We thank you for opening your hearts to this work.

 



 


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