Restorative Justice Week is held annually in Canada, and throughout the world. This year it was held from November 19-26, 2017 with a theme of “Inspiring Innovation.”
The Church Council on Justice and Corrections take on this theme for Restorative Justice week 2017 is “Global Innovation, Local (R)evolution.” CCJC has a long history of inspiring and promoting new ways of thinking about justice. The 2017 National Restorative Justice Symposium, was co-hosted by CCJC in partnership with the Collaborative Justice Program.
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 19 and Sunday November 26).
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
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: