Restorative Justice Salt Spring invites you to take part in a Talking Circle as part of International Restorative Justice week.

International Restorative Justice week is Nov 15-22, 2020. Did you know that Salt Spring has Restorative Justice Team available to support people in situations of harm, conflict and crime? Contact

The public is invited to experience one of the approaches used in restorative justice – the ‘peacemaking circle process’ on Sat, November 21 at 10am on Zoom. All are welcome to participate and find out more about how to use restorative justice approaches at home, work and in the community. Please email to register –

Training events Mar 13, 14 & 15th cancelled.

Due to the health concerns of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we have cancelled the training events. The recent reports from the World health Organization (WHO) and the BCCDC have guided us to consider the risks of bringing people together for a public event at this time. We will schedule a future date when we can.

How Can Community Safety Be Created?

Restorative Justice Week is coming up during the third week of November – and gives Canadians a chance to learn more about the restorative approach to crime, community safety and conflict.

Here on Salt Spring, the Restorative Justice Group has been running for over 20 years – and offers a community-based alternative to the justice system and to resolving conflicts.

Run by trained volunteers, the program has supported hundreds of people to repair the harm they have created and make amends to people and relationships. This helps to build a safer and more respectful community and keeps cases out of the courts at the same time.

The program also helps neighbours and others resolve conflicts.

As part of Restorative Justice Week, the local program will host two community talking circles on the topic of “community safety”.

In light of the upcoming CRD counter-petition process that proposes to create a new community safety service, restorative justice asks the question: “What does safety mean, and what are the best ways to create safety for everyone?”

There are a variety of thoughts and feelings on this topic, and the circle format is a good way to listen and learn respectfully to a variety of responses. It’s also a good chance to learn about this issue to be ready to vote in the counter-petition process.

Everyone is welcome to join these open circles on either Sat. Nov, 16 (3 pm – 5 pm) or Thurs, Nov 21 (7 pm – 9 pm) in the Library Program room.

For more information, please contact Darlene Gage at


Free workshop on Sunday, April 7, 10 am to 1 pm at the Salt Spring Island Public Library in the Community Room.

Circles bring people together to foster deep listening and speaking from the heart to gain mutual understanding. 

They are used for decision making, problem solving and conflict resolution in schools, workplaces and families.  

Join us to learn and share this practice.


November is a month when there are several days dedicated to peace and harmony and it includes Restorative Justice Week, from Nov 18-25th, a time to increase understanding of Restorative Justice.

To promote awareness, Restorative Justice Salt Spring Island invites you to ‘Peace Circles in the Library’, every Tuesday in November from 12 noon to 1 pm in the Public Library Program Room.  It is a free event. The facilitators for each week will be:

Nov 6: Peter Levitt

Nov 13: Barbara Slater & Kevin Wilkie

Nov 20: Heather Martin

Nov 27: Aaron Kipnis

Come and participate!

Peace Circles Poster