Canada has long been a world leader in the field of restorative justice. Four decades ago, in Kichener, Ontario, face-to-face meetings between two young vandals and those they victimized helped launch the restorative justice movement. Canada, in its indigenous communities, finds an even older tradition of people resolving conflict through circles, councils and other ancient methods.
IIRP Canada provides training on how to become a Real Justice conference facilitator. This formal process brings offenders, victims and their respective communities of care to address wrongdoing. It holds offenders accountable and gives them an opportunity to make amends, it provides victims an opportunity to ask questions and to tell their story and it empowers communities to heal and learn from harmful experience.
Restorative practices also provides a framework for people working in the criminal justice field, from police to probation and corrections to parole, to employ a restorative approach as a way of thinking and being. Engage and build relationships with offenders to help them take responsibility for their actions, understand the impact of what they have done and make real changes in their lives.
Learn how to facilitate restorative conferences — structured meetings that bring together everyone affected by an incident of harm or conflict to discuss how they have been affected and decide how to repair the harm.
- empower individuals causing harm to take responsibility for their behavior
- hold individuals accountable for their actions
- enable persons causing harm hear directly from the people they’ve affected
- provide opportunities to decide how to repair harm
- break cycles of wrongdoing and misbehaviour
- use in conjunction with current school disciplinary and justice systems
- truly resolve conflicts
For more information about restorative practices in the justice field, call IIRP Canada at 416-571-8429 or email us today.