Restorative Justice Week 2013

 CCJC: 40 Years of Inspiring Innovation

The theme for Restorative Justice week 2013 is “Inspiring Innovation.”  The Church Council on Justice and Corrections has a long history of inspiring innovation in the field of restorative justice.  For over 40 years CCJC has been at the forefront of public education and dialogue around restorative approaches to justice in an effort to create a more compassionate justice system.  The Church Council has also recognized that public education also comes through action.  CCJC has been heavily involved in a wide range of projects demonstrating the real world benefits of Restorative Justice.  In the 1990’s CCJC implemented the pilot Collaborative Justice Program (CJP).  The Collaborative Justice Program was a pilot project meant to demonstrate the application of  restorative justice principles in cases of serious adult or youth crime.  CJP is a now recognized for pioneering restorative approaches to serious crime.

Most recently CCJC  has entered into the public dialogue through a major event highlighting alternatives to our current approach to corrections.  On October 17, 2013 The Church Council hosted an evening conversation with Are  Høidal, governor of Norway’s Halden prison.  Halden prison is renowned for its humane approach to corrections and for extensive programs including programs based on principles of restorative justice.  As we in Canada begin to look at expanding our prison system, Mr. Høidal’s talk was both informative and inspiring.  Looking at innovations in the field and the successes of other countries is an important first step in opening public dialogue on these issues. With a wide range of attendees including government officials and criminal justice practitioners, it is our hope that people will be inspired by a new vision for our prison system here in Canada.  For more information on Halden Prison please click here.

As we move forward we will continue to work towards opening dialogue, presenting alternatives, and inspiring innovations that are based on principles of restorative justice. 

Restorative Justice Resources:

A Year of Reflection Pamphlet:

In 2012 CCJC launched a new members’ area to our website as part of the renewal under-taken to mark our 40th year of work.   As part of this renewal we opened a discussion forum on our website ( to enhance our work and dialogue between our members and CCJC.  Please click here to view the pamphlet containing the the reflection questions.  We hope that this will offer a useful means of reflections on questions on justice within your community.

Justice Storytelling Quilt:

This year The Council is proud to have made a contribution to the Correctional Service Canada Restorative Justice Resource Kit.  The article highlights our innovative Justice Storytelling Quilt.  

Click here to read the article.

Click here to see the Restorative Justice section of our website, and view CCJC resources.

Click here to view to Correctional Service Canada Restorative Justice Week site.

Please see below for a list of Restorative Justice Week events in your area!



Ottawa, ON:  November 14, 2013

The Ripple Effect of Victimization: How Restorative Justice can Calm the Waters

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Halifax, NS: November 22, 2013

Community Justice Society Restorative Justice Conference, featuring author Shannon Moroney

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Kingston, On:  November 13, 2013

COSA Kingston Lunch and Learn, with guest speaker Andrew McWhinnie

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Montreal, PQ: Sunday November 17, 2013

Ouverture de la semaine à l’Oratoire St-Joseph

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Thursday November 21, 2013: Causerie au Cinéma du Parc

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Friday November 22, 2013: Soirée clôture à l’Institut de pastorale des Dominicains

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Saskatoon, SK: November 14, 2013

SK Restorative Justice Network is proud to host an Open House in recognition of Restorative Justice Week.

Click here for more information and to view the poster.


Toronto, ON: November 17-19, 2013

The National Restorative Justice Symposium

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Winnipeg, MB: November 20, 2013

Onashowewin Justice Circle Talent Show

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Winnipeg, MB: November 19, 2013

20th Anniversary Celebration of Restorative Resolutions

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Winnipeg, MB:  November 21, 2013

Film Presentation: “At Night I Fly” with special guest Jim Carlson

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