What is Restorative Justice?

Find out more about Restorative Justice, and how it can help your business, your school, and  your community to repair the harm done by crime.

Open House, Saturday, Nov 18, 2017

10:00 am to 11:30 am (drop in for a chat)

11:30 am – Short Presentation

Salt Spring Library Program Room

Restorative Justice Week, Nov 19 -26, 2017

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

Restorative Justice Week aims to raise awareness of restorative justice approaches to crime. It is an annual event that runs nationally during the third week of November.

For more information about National Restorative Justice Week, please visit the Ministry of Justice’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention website and the Correctional Service of Canada’s Restorative Justice website.

Annual General Meeting, Vancouver Island Restorative Justice Association

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island Restorative Justice Association will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Cowichan Exhibition Park 5 km north of Duncan. The AGM will start at 10 AM and finish at 3 PM. Topics will include “Forgiveness and Restorative Justice”, “Elder Abuse and Restorative Justice” and “Restorative Justice at Dalhousie University Dental School”

An Evening with Gordon Sloan

How can we change from a divisive community into a cooperative, supportive community? We are plagued with incessant infighting and hostility over almost every issue that arises. Why are we battling each other so fiercely? How can we discuss things peacefully and resolve our issues to our mutual satisfaction? How can we start working together, communicating in positive ways with each other, rather than addressing issues through personal attacks and vituperative displays? What role can the media play?

The Salt Spring Island Restorative Justice program, which works to bring consensual agreements between perpetrators of minor legal offences and those affected by their actions, is interested in seeing if its approach can be applied to community disputes. So we’ve invited top mediator and former islander Gordon Sloan to talk about how we might discuss issues publicly in a cooperative and supportive fashion rather than the often confrontational, belligerent fashion we’ve become accustomed to.

One of the founders of the SSI RJ program, Gordon’s interests in dispute resolution range from working with individuals to large corporations, governments and First Nations. He is fascinated by the role people’s values and group identity play in conflict resolution. Gordon’s intervention practice includes facilitation of value-charged conflicts, workplace advice and assessment, multi-party cases in the public policy arena, and a full array of litigation mediation.

Gordon currently teaches negotiation and mediation courses to a wide array of audiences. He provides training programs and seminars in dispute resolution. Gordon’s presentation will be interactive so bring your concerns and questions. If you would like more information about Gordon Sloan, refer to his company website www.adreducation.ca.

Gordon’s talk will take place on Monday, October 27, in the Salt Spring Library’s Program Room at 7:15. Admission is free but seating is limited, so come early.

For more information on SSI Restorative Justice, please visit our website. The Restorative Justice program is hoping to facilitate future dispute resolutions in the community in the hope of solving problems without the hostility of the past.

Beat bullying!

Bullying in schools is a worldwide problem that can have negative consequences for the general school climate and for the right of students to learn in a safe environment without fear. Bullying is the consequence of aggressive behaviour that has to be stopped and prevented.

Education for democratic citizenship and human rights plays a crucial role in raising awareness and promoting the respect of human dignity and social cohesion among learners and educators. Moreover, education for democratic citizenship and human rights aims at strengthening learners’ and educators’ knowledge, skills, attitudes and values for handling diversity and differences, promoting a positive environment and preventing violence at school through a model of coexistence which affirms the existence of others, rejects violence and protects children’s rights.

Are you worried about bullying in schools? Did you know that there are simple and inexpensive ways to tackle the problem? Watch the Council of Europe’s new film on combating bullying in schools through human rights and citizenship education, to see how the introduction of a human rights ethos in schools can help prevent bullying. The film was launched at a side event during the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly session on 30 January 2014.

Beat Bullying (YouTube), The Council of Europe