Restorative Justice Week 2009
Jun 24, 2009
I am pleased to announce the theme, "Communities Responding to Human Needs", for Restorative Justice Week 2009, which will be held November 15-22, 2009. When thinking about this year's theme, the principle of Inclusion, comes to mind automatically. Contrary to the actual Canadian Criminal Justice System, a restorative justice approach is based on the engagement of all people that are affected by the crime; victim, offender, families and communities.
In 2008, over 165 cities proclaimed Restorative Justice Week. In addition, more educational institutions are exploring restorative jusitce approaches and training as a valuable tool in dealing with student conflict and bullying.
I would like to encourage you to write stories about how your community has responded to human needs restoratively and submit them to RestorativeJustice@CSC-SCC.GC.CA.
For further information, please contact Carol-Anne Grenier, Restorative Justice Division at (613) 943-5049 or by e-mail: GrenierCA@csc-scc.gc.ca or Michelle Landry, Chaplaincy at (613) 995-8366 or by email: LandryMI@csc-scc.gc.ca.
Restorative Justice Week has been observed in Canada for many years. There are a number of helpful resources, including resources created for RJ Week themes since 2005, on the CSC pages devoted to the Restorative Justice Branch.
The week is observed in a number of other countries, although not always on the same week.
Part of the Canadian commemoration not mentioned above is a national symposium from 18-20 November, 2009 in St John's, Nowfoundland and Labrador. For further information, contact Scott Morton Ninomiya (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Clara Rendell (RendellCM@CSC-SCC.GC.CA).