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Restorative Justice Week will be held in Canada, and throughout the world, from November 19-26, 2017. This years theme is Inspiring Innovation.

The Church Council on Justice and Corrections 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.

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.

Click here to access A Litany for Restorative Justice

Click here for a CSC resources about People of faith and restorative justice.

Cliquez ici pour une resoursses de SCC Les croyants, le bénévolat, et la justice réparatrice.

Homiletic Notes

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).

Click here for 2017 Homiletic Notes 

Cliquez ici pour les Notes homilétiques 2017

Resource Kit

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

Click here to view the 2016 CSC resource kit

Cliquez ici pour la trousse de ressource SCC 2016

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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.

Excerpted from the CSC website:

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:

Click here to learn about events and resources for Restorative Justice Week 2015

Click here to learn about events and resources for Restorative Justice Week 2014

Click here to learn about events and resources for Restorative Justice Week 2013

Click here to learn about Restorative Justice Week 2012.


Get Involved


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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