Restorative Practices Resource List

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Restorative practices is the science of relationships and community. When applied in schools, workplaces and community organizations, restorative practices proactively improves climate and culture. Restorative practices also provides responses to wrongdoing that focus on repairing harm.

There is a growing body of research, resources, articles and other media about this topic.

We provide training, coaching and professional development for educators, health providers, nonprofit organizations and other community groups wanting to learn more.

Foundational Principles

Book: Shame and Pride: The author, a psychiatrist, expostulates on his theory of the nature of emotion (March 1994)

(Book) The Psychology of Emotion in Restorative Practices: Kelly & Osborne (2014)

(Article – Shamela Sun) Fair Process: Managing in the Knowledge Economy: W.Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne (January 2003)

(Paper) The Science of Human Dignity: Belonging, Voice and Agency as Universal Human Needs: John W. Bailie, Ph.D. (2019)

(Essay) Conflicts as Property: The British Journal of Criminology. Nils Christie (1977)

(Book) The Little Book of restorative Practice: Howard Zehr (2015)

(Article – Shamela Sun) Listening as Healing: -by Margaret J. Wheatley
-great healing is available when we listen to each other (December 2001)

Restorative Practices Implementation in Schools

(Book) Restorative practice and special needs: A practical guide to working restoratively with young people (2015

(Website) Relationships First – Restorative Justice in Newfoundland: CANADIAN / video and print resources / classroom resources / research links (2013)(Website) Institut Pacifique: CANADIEN

(Website) Safer Saner Schools: IIRP US

(NEPC publication) The Starts and Stumbles of Restorative Justice in Education: Where Do We Go From Here? -by Anne Gregory & Katherine R. Evans (January 2020)


(Book) The Little Book of Restorative Teaching Tools: Lindsey Pointer, Kathleen McGoey & Haley Farrar -Games, activities, and simulations for understanding Restorative Justice practices (March 10th, 2020)

(Book) Circle Solutions for Student Well Being 2nd Editions: Sue Roffey A framework for student learning and engagement. (2014)

(Book) The Little Book of Circle Processes – A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking: -by Kay Pranis- -“Circle processes offer a way of bringing people together to understand one another, strengthen bonds, and solve community problems—a necessity in an era of division, polarized politics, and angry debate.” (June 1, 2005)

(Book) Circle Forward: A comprehensive resource guide for educators and parents. Carolyn Boyes-Watson, Kay Pranis (2020)

Indigenous Worldview

(Article- news) Government of Canada supports restorative justice initiatives across the country, including those Indigenous communities and youth: -CANADIAN
-online news article from the Department of Justice Canada affirming their support for the use of Restorative Justice – includes funding announcements for indigenous and youth (Nov. 18, 2020)

(Article- news) Le gouvernement du Canada appuie des initiatives de justice réparatrice partout au pays, y compris celles qui soutiennent les collectivités autochtones et les jeunes: -une ressource canadienne -article en ligne fournis par le Ministère de la Justice Canada – affirmant son soutien de la justice réparatrice – accompagné d’une annonce de fonds pour autochtones et jeunes (Le 18 Nov. 2020)

(Article- news) Restorative justice programs could help reduce Indigenous incarceration rates, says chief: -CANADIAN -online news article in -Manitoba's Southern Chiefs' Organization is pointing to its restorative justice program as one of the possible ways to reduce the overrepresentation of Indigenous adults and youth in Canadian jails. (June 27, 2018)

(Article) Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action: -CANADIAN
In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, these calls to action were developed

(Article) Commission de vérité et réconciliation du Canada : Appels à l’action: -CANADIEN
Afin de remédier aux séquelles laissées par les pensionnats et de faire avancer le processus de réconciliation, la Commission de vérité et réconciliation ces appels à l’action ont été développé.

Equity and Inclusion

(Book) The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice: -by Fania E Davis -highlights real restorative justice initiatives that function from a racial justice perspective (September 30th, 2020)

(Book) Colorizing Restorative Justice: -consists of 18 essays by authors who are Restorative Justice practitioners and scholars who explore the issues of racism and colonization within the fields of restorative justice/practices (2020)

(Article) Engaging in Difference Using RP: -by Dr. Linda Kligman - article about whiteness, privilege, white fragility and how conferencing and restorative practices can provide a mechanism to address not only the harm done, but to gain perspective on difference races. (June 13, 2019)

(Instagram Visual) Wheel of Power/Privilege: -great visual on privilege (2019)

(Movie) Circles: The film follows Eric Butler's impassioned efforts to nurture troubled youth and keep them in school, fighting racial discrimination by replacing snap suspensions and expulsions with gritty, intimate and honest mentoring. (2018)

(Movie) A Better Man: This movie looks at the healing and revelation that can happen for everyone involved when men take responsibility for their abuse. It also empowers the audience to play new roles in challenging domestic violence, in their own relationships or as part of a broader movement for social change. (2018)

(Classroom Resource) High School Learning Kit for A Better Man: Resources for teachers, administrators and counsellors- grade 11-12. Note: sensitive material (2018)

(Movie) Detroit Rising: The brutal beating of Henry McClendon's father by a group of troubled teens sparked a new vision for Detroit that not only included restorative justice, but led to repairing harm, restoring relationships and building social capital. (2020)