Restorative Justice Week was held in Canada, and throughout the world, from November 15-22, 2015 with the theme Inspiring Innovation.
The Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC) theme for Restorative Justice week 2015 is “Imagine Justice.” CCJC has a long history of inspiring and promoting art as a way of furthering the restorative justice message. This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Justice Storytelling Quilt, a CCJC-sponsored collaborative project by multi-media artist, Meagan O’Shea.
In recognition of the anniversary, on October 1st 2015 CCJC launched our Imagine Justice Art Exhibition call for submissions. The call for submissions asks people across Canada to submit pieces of art thematically connected to restorative justice. The submitted works will be displayed in on online gallery throughout Restorative Justice Week (November 15-22). CCJC will be appointing a volunteer jury to award contestants for the highest judged submissions.
Please take some time to view submitted works in our Online Gallery.
For Restorative Justice Week 2015, the Church Council on Justice and Corrections will also be presenting a five-part infographic series to encourage our community to imagine a justice system that integrates restorative justice principles. The infographics will be released to all of our email subscribers and through our website each day of restorative justice week 2015.
If you would like to receive notice when the infographics are published please add your name to our mailing list here.
1. Click here to view the infograpahic “The Current State of Justice”
2. Click here to view the infograpahic “Overview of RJ”
3. Click here to view the infograpahic “CoSA”
4. Click here to view the infograpahic “RJ and Victims”
5. Click here to view the infograpahic “Truth and Reconciliation”
CCJC has created a resource for those interested in marking restorative justice week through the chosen lectionary readings (Sunday November 15 and Sunday November 22).
Click here for Homiletic Notes English
Click here to view the Introductory Letter from Bishop Gary Gordon (English)
Cliquez ici pour les Notes homilétiques
Cliquez ici pour voir une lettre de Bishop Gary Gordon (français)
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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.
The National Restorative Justice Symposium, will be held in Québec city, Québec, November 16-17, 2015. The Symposium raises awareness about the use of restorative practices in addressing crime and conflict. This year’s Symposium is being hosted by the Regroupement des organismes de justice alternative du Québec, L’Autre Avenue, L’Interface, and l’Université Laval.