Restorative Justice Week will be held in Canada, and throughout the world, from November 20-27, 2016. This years theme is Inspiring Innovation.
The Church Council on Justice and Corrections theme for Restorative Justice week 2016 is “Imagine Justice.” CCJC has a long history of inspiring and promoting new ways of thinking about justice.
What is Restorative Justice?
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.
CCJC has created a resource for those interested in marking restorative justice week through the chosen lectionary readings (Sunday November 20 and Sunday November 27).
Every year the Correctional Services of Canada’s (CSC) Restorative Justice Division produces a resource kit that includes articles and highlights news and recent developments in the field of RJ. This year they have produces an informative and thought provoking kit which includes the following articles:
- Building Restorative Justice Nation Wide by Ivo Aertsen
- From Harm to Healing: Journey to Restoration after Wrongful Conviction by Jennifer Thompson
- More than a Circle Meeting at Dalhousie University by Jacob MacIsaac and Melissa MacKay
- Seating Arrangements by Marlyn Ferguson
- A Restorative Approach to Terrorism Offences? by Michael Taylor
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The National Restorative Justice Symposium, will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 21-22, 2016. The Symposium raises awareness of a restorative approach to addressing crime and conflict. This year’s Symposium is being hosted by the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and Dalhousie University.
Restorative justice (RJ) is a philosophy and an approach that views crime and conflict as harm done to people and relationships. It is a non-adversarial, non-retributive approach to justice that emphasizes healing in victims, accountability of offenders, and the involvement of citizens in creating healthier, safer communities. The goal is to reach meaningful, satisfying, and fair outcomes through inclusion, open communication, and truth.
Past Restorative Justice Weeks: