British Columbia

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Provincial Restorative Justice Programs and Services

Community Youth Justice Services

Ministry of Children and Family Development

Location: British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Program Consultation

Description of Program:

The Ministry of Children and Family Development provides support and services in communities across the province for young people involved in the Youth Justice system through the provision of Community Youth Justice Services and Youth Custody services. Community Youth Justice Services include restorative justice conferencing services that are provided by specially trained Youth Probation Officers who work in several communities in each of the 5 regions of the province.

Restorative conferences are intended for youth who have been formally charged with an offence.  This can occur as part of an extra-judicial sanction, during the sentencing stage or as part of a sentence. Referrals for restorative conferencing are based on a Judge's order and can be requested by a probation officer, Crown Counsel or defence counsel. Referrals are based on the voluntary participation of the victims, the young person, and the consent of both defence and Crown Counsel. Family Group Conferences, Victim Offender Mediation along with other restorative approaches are used.

Target Groups: Youth at the extra judicial sanction, pre-sentence or post sentence stages of youth justice system

Contact:
Chris Zatylny
Youth Justice Policy and Program Support
PO Box 9707 STN PROV GOVT
940 Balnshard
Victoria, BC, V8W 9S1
Tel: (250) 387-1335 OR (250) 356-0978
Fax: (250) 356-2079
Email: Christopher.Zatylny@gov.bc.ca
Website: www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/youth_justice/index.htm

Conservation Officer Service

Location: British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered: Restorative Justice Processes

Description of Program:

The Conservation Officer Service is a Tier 1 enforcement agency involved with human health and safety and protecting the environment in British Columbia. We have recently become involved in Restorative Justice, utilizing the process as a tool to gain compliance, and as a relationship-building tool with communities. We are currently involved in developing Relationship and Restorative Justice MOU’s with several First Nation communities. We also have experience and can offer assistance on dealing with Restorative Justice Files that involve large corporations, and those files that deal with the environment. We have some trained facilitators and also call upon community and other Restorative Justice program facilitators as required.

Target Groups: Environmental Infractions

Contact:
Andy Mackay
Tel: (250) 378-8490
Email: andy.mackay@gov.bc.ca
General inquiries can be sent to: conservation.officer.service@gov.bc.ca
Website: www.env.gov.bc.ca/cos

RCMP - Crime Prevention & Program Support Services, Restorative Justice “E” Division

Location: British Columbia

Description of Program:

Restorative Justice “E” Division provides the three day “Community Justice Forum” facilitator training for Government agencies, communities and schools in the Province. Both Corporal Jim Cooley and Sharon Blaker travel throughout BC and outside, to give this training and also look after any matters for Restorative Justice that may come up regarding police, community or Government. This unit also provides Restorative Justice Education and awareness presentation to communities and other Government agencies and is the policy center for Restorative Justice for the RCMP in BC. Jim Cooley and Sharon Blaker also provide assistance to communities and agencies in Restorative Justice Program development and in facilitating Community Justice Forums and Healing Circles for complex incidents.

Contact:
J.R. Jim Cooley
Tel: (250) 314-1800 cell: (250) 318-1070
Email: jim.cooley@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
OR
Sharon Blaker
Tel: cell: (604) 785-6502
Email: sharon.blaker@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Victim Services and Crime Prevention

Location: British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Resources
  • Presentations
  • Event Planning
  • Coordination of Restorative Justice Programs

Description of Program:

Victim Services and Crime Prevention (VSCP) is the provincial centre of responsibility for victims’ issues, violence against women issues, crime prevention, and Restorative Justice in British Columbia. VSCP maintains a Restorative Justice coordinator to help act in a support and coordinating function related to restorative justice awareness and promotion both within community and across government.

In addition, VSCP manages the Community Accountability Program (CAP), created in February 1998, in an effort to promote restorative approaches to justice in BC. The relatively small amount of funding allocated to the CAP program has a far reach – it currently supports the work of over 50 community agencies across the province to provide volunteer training and recognition and also administrative support.  In 2009-10 CAP programs reported that they took on nearly 1600 cases.  The majority of these cases (81%) were referred by local police departments and the remaining came from other sources including schools, First Nations Bands and Crown Counsel. Placements provided.

Target Groups: Restorative Justice Stakeholders in BC

Contact:
Catherine Bargen
#302-815 Hornby Street
Telephone: 604-660-5691
Email: Catherine.bargen@gov.bc.ca
Tel: (604) 660-5199
Fax: (604) 775-2674
Email: CrimePrevention@gov.bc.ca
Website: www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/crimeprevention/justice/index.htm

Regional Restorative Justice Programs and Services

100 Mile & District Community for Real Justice

Location: 100 Mile House RCMP Detachment patrolling area, British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Resources
  • Presentations
  • Coordination of Restorative Justice Programs
  • Program Consultation

Description of Program:

To repair the damage & minimize further harm caused by the offending behaviour. To maximize the social justice achieved for victims, offenders, and other members of the community affected by the offending behaviour. 

Restorative Justice represents a social philosophy which encourages citizens to be directly involved in the decisions that affect their lives. Volunteers accepted.

Target Groups: Class 4 & 5 summary conviction offences - Youth/Adult

Contact:
Ken Tassell
100 Mile House, BC, V0K 2E0
Tel: (250) 395-6572 OR (250) 397-2502
Fax:  250 397-2598
Email: tass@bcinternet.net OR k.tassell@xplornet.com

Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association (ARJAA)

Location: Abbotsford, British Columbia

Languages: English and Punjabi

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Training
  • Presentations
  • Coordination of Restorative Justice Programs
  • Newsletter
  • Mentoring

Description of Program:

Based on the principles of Restorative Justice, Abbotsford Restorative Justice holds offenders accountable to their victims and the community and assists them to make appropriate amends and repair the harm done. As an alternative to the criminal justice system, Restorative Justice provides support to both victims and offenders, allowing an incident to be resolved directly between the affected parties without going to court.

ARJAA also works with Abbotsford School District 34, delivering training in conflict resolution for staff, students and their families, and helping schools implement Restorative Action—a Restorative Justice program specially designed to address bullying and other forms of conflict in schools. Volunteers accepted.

Target Groups: At Risk Youth

Description of Training: The Restorative Justice Tool Box

Working restoratively in our community and schools requires a “toolkit” of skills that help us create understanding, resolve conflict, and help promote healing of damaged relationships. Built on curiosity and non-judgment, the Restorative Justice toolkit is a necessary foundation of all restorative work. Theoretical concepts are supported by skills practice with professional coaches.

Inviting Dialogue: Restorative Justice and Victim Offender Mediation

This training will teach you foundational concepts and applications of Restorative Justice, along with conflict resolution and mediation skills that are applicable to situations arising in the workplace, schools and community group settings. You will learn the process of victim-offender mediation, with applications to other situations of conflict and harm. Participants will practice their skills in a hands-on format with experienced coaches.

Taming the Conflict Dragon

An interactive, skill-building day that will give you strategies for dealing with conflict— at work, at home and in your community

Contact:
Tony DeWaal, Executive Director
105-34194 Marshall Road
Abbotsford, BC, V2S 5E4
Tel: (604) 864-4857 OR (604) 864-4844
Fax: (604) 870-4150
Email: executivedirector@arjaa.org
General inquiries can be sent to: office@arjaa.org

Website: www.arjaa.org

Adult Restorative Resolutions

Location: Kelowna, British Columbia

Contact:
John Manolakos
Adult Restorative Justice
John Howard Society of the Central and South Okanagan
#2-1441 St Paul Street
Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2E4
Tel: (250) 763-1331
Fax: (250) 763-1483
Email: john.manolakos@jhscso.bc.ca
General Inquiries can be sent to: info@jhscso.bc.ca
Website: www.jhscso.bc.ca/programs/rr.html

Alberni Valley Restorative Justice Society

Location: Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Description of Program:

The Alberni Valley Restorative Justice Society has selected Community Justice Forums as the process that will be utilized in our community. In these forums a safe environment is created for both sides to express how they feel and how the crime has affected each one. Forums are powerful learning experiences because they force offenders to face the consequences of their behaviours.

Conditions of eligibility include: anyone who could be charged with a minor offence under the Criminal Code, including, but not limited to: theft, possession of stolen property, fraud, causing a disturbance, mischief, vandalism, etc.

The accused must admit to the offence and be willing to accept responsibility for the harm done. The accused must be willing to participate in a face-to-face Community Justice Forum and comply with the signed forum agreement as an alternative to going to court. The Restorative Justice process is available to those offenders recommended by the RCMP to the program.

Contact:
Christina Proteau
Tel: (250) 735-3343
Email: jim.and.christina@hotmail.com
OR
Russ and Anne McLaughlin
Tel: (250) 723-5227

Arrowsmith Community Justice Society

Location: Parksville, Qualicum Beach & Regional District of Nanaimo areas E, F, G & H in Central Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Training
  • Presentations
  • Program Consultation
  • Newsletter

Description of Program:

ACJS facilitates two programs:

  1. Restorative Justice Program: to give offenders & victims a place to meet to discuss the harm done and to make amends to repair the harm.
  2. Community Dispute Resolution Program: to open dialogue between citizens in conflict. This can include neighbour, family, business or organization disputes.

Volunteers accepted.

Target Groups: All Persons

Description of Training: Arrowsmith Community Justice Program Volunteer Training:

Training covers an introduction to the ACJS; goes over the process of restorative justice used by ACJS with emphasis on active listening; use of the circle in the conference process; the values.

5 day course is followed by practicum work within the program until both the trainers and the new volunteers feel ready to go out on their own.

COURSE OUTLINE:

  • day 1: Introduction to ACJS; overview of training; The Circle; values of ACJS in depth
  • day 2: Active listening techniques; pre-conference process; building relationships/trust between volunteer & clients
  • day 3: Phone contact with clients; conference process; facilitating a conference; summarizing for resolution agreements.
  • day 4: Needs of participants; dealing with what can go wrong; resolution writing; Code of Ethics
  • day 5: Working as a team; formal debriefing process; Post conference support; administration requirements
  • day 6: (optional) to cover any items brought forward during 5 previous days

Contact:
Linda Cherewyk, Coordinator
747 West Island Hwy
Parksville, BC, V9P 1B9
Tel: (250) 954-2968
Email: linda.cherewyk@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: www.acjs.ca

Boundary Restorative Justice Program

Location: City of Grand Forks and the Boundary Area, British Columbia

Description of Program:

We work with the RCMP to divert files from the traditional confrontational court system to the accepted and overall successful application of the Community Justice Forum model. We are working to network with other agencies in our community who are concerned about the unsuccessful rate of recidivism through the court system and help to integrate mainly youth into the community after incidents that cause harm by implementing skills and tools through training workshops and best practices

Contact:
Laura Savinkoff
Tel: (250) 442-0434
Email: l4peace@telus.net
OR
Caroline Toduruk
Email: caroline@boundarycf.com

Boys and Girls Club Community Services of Delta/Richmond

Location: North Delta/Ladner and Tsawwassen, British Columbia

Description of Program:

BGCCS offers a wide range of programs for Children, Youth and Families in the Delta & Richmond Communities. Options for Youth, offers Restorative Justice Conferences to the Police, Community and Schools alongside the Extrajudicial Measures Program. Support services such as Family or individual counselling, alcohol and drug or anger management counselling are also available.

Contact:
Pamela Profitt
Tel: (604) 591-9262 Loc.238 OR (778) 772-9400
Email: pamelap@bgccs.bc.ca
OR
John Thornburn
Email: johnt@bgccs.bc.ca
Website: www.bgccs.bc.ca

Burnaby RCMP

Location: Burnaby, British Columbia

Description of Program:

We provide a RCMP Restorative Justice Program providing a restorative response to crime and conflict with referrals from RCMP and School District 41. 

Contact:
Stephen Morton
Tel: (604) 294-7801
Email: stephen.morton@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Castlegar & District Community Justice Forum

Location: Kootenay Columbia District Specifically Castlegar, British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Training
  • Presentations
  • Event Planning
  • Coordination of Restorative Justice Programs

Description of Program:

We deal with all first time offenses no matter what age. Our referrals come from the RCMP. We average about 1 per month. Our success rate is about 90% for not offending the second time.

Our mandate is to provide an alternate program of Restorative Justice to first time offenders. Our objective is to see offenders and victims come to a resolution after an offence has occurred. We monitor the offenders when they are doing some form of restorative justice and we try to make the resolutions a motto of give back to the Community. The Forums are well received by the victims. They have a voice to speak about how the offense has affected them and they speak directly to the offender. We would like to see this program in the schools as we feel this would give the teachers and administration a way to handle problems at school rather than expulsion or time out of school. Volunteers accepted.

Target Groups: 12 years old to adult

Contact:
Inga Lamont
Address: 102 18th St
Castlegar, BC, V1N 2M7
Tel: (250) 365-7500
Email: inga_lamont@telus.net

Central Okanagan Youth Restorative Justice

Location: West Kelowna, Kelowna, Mission, South East Kelowna, Rutland, Black Mountain and Lake Country, British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Resources
  • Training
  • Workshops

Description of Program:

This non-court alternative handles RCMP referrals involving youth (ages 12 to 17) who commit minor “chargeable” offenses for the first time. Restorative Justice helps keep youth out of the criminal court system by providing another way to hold them accountable. Through the guidance of trained volunteers; the youth, their guardian(s), the victim(s) and other supporters, participate in a process where the youth takes responsibility for their behaviour, learns how others are affected and takes steps to repair the harm done. The group then develops a written agreement detailing what the youth can do to repair the harm caused and to prevent a similar situation from reoccurring. A trained Volunteer Mentor may be available to work with the youth to assist them in completing their agreement on time. Volunteers accepted & Placements provided.

Target Groups: Youth 12-17 years old

Contact:
Sharlene O’Reilly
Program Coordinator
PO Box 20222
1633 Richter Street
Kelowna, BC
V1Y 9H2
Tel: (250) 868-8541 x5
Fax: (250) 868-3466
Email: soreilly@boysandgirlsclubs.ca
General inquiries can be sent to: restorativejustice@boysandgirlsclubs.ca
Website: www.boysandgirlsclubs.ca

Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association

Location: Chilliwack, Hope and Agassiz, British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Workshops

Description of Program:

We provide services for both youth and adult first time offenders who have committed offences in which there is an option for an agreement to be reached between the parties prior to charges being laid.

We connect youth with their community, providing mentoring to young offenders, providing a forum for victims and payment of monetary restitution to victims collected from offenders. The mandate of the program is to bring offenders and victims together in order to discuss criminal incidents and to find ways to repair the harm caused. Volunteers accepted.

Target Groups: Youth and adult first time offenders

Contact:
Kim McLandress
45877 Wellington Avenue
Chilliwack, BC, V2P 2C8
Tel: (604) 393-3023
Fax: (604) 393-3470
Email: info@restoringjustice.ca
Website: www.restoringjustice.ca

Columbia Valley Restorative Justice Program

Location: Invermere, British Columbia

Description of Program:

Our statement is: Crime Wounds, Justice Heals. Our program accepts referrals directly from the Columbia Valley RCMP local detachment. Our group has been approached by other community partners asking us to demonstrate how The Restorative Justice Program works to prevent crime in our area. The referrals include youth and adults who are referred as first time offenders and crimes NOT involving domestic violence. We cover a wide range from the communities of Brisco to Canal Flats, and can hold forums within those communities if necessary.

Contact:
Robin Kinnersley
Tel: (250) 342-9773
Email: kinnersley@cyberlink.bc.ca
OR
Stan Markham
Email: slmarkham@telus.net
Website: www.cvrjp.com  

Communities Embracing Restorative Action

Location: Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, New Westminster, Anmore, and Belcarra, British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Resources
  • Workshops
  • Presentations
  • Newsletter

Description of Program:

At CERA we raise awareness on and practice the concept of Restorative Justice. This is both embodied in our vision and our work.  We promote the practice of Restorative Justice to resolve conflicts with the intent that this will result in peaceful and harmonious relationships that will benefit the individuals as well as their communities. We accomplish this through our Community Youth Justice Program, through which we invite the victim and offender to engage in a dialogue, facilitated by trained restorative justice facilitators, to reach a resolution. This program allows for issues to be dealt in an effective and efficient manner, and has been a valuable resource to the RCMP. In addition to our Community Youth Justice Program, our Empowering Youth program supports the practice of Restorative Justice in schools, with the objective to educate students and teachers on this form of practice. Volunteers accepted.

Target Groups: Youth

Contact:
Gurinder Mann
CERA Society
644 Poirier Street
Coquitlam, BC, V3J 6B1
Tel: (604) 931-3165
Fax: (604) 931-3176
Email: gmann@cerasociety.org
General inquiries can be sent to: info@cerasociety.org
Website: www.cerasociety.org

Community Justice Centre of the Comox Valley

Location: Comox Valley Regional District including Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland municipalities and electoral areas “A”, “B”, and “C” (Royston, Merville, Black Creek, Union Bay, CFB Comox, Denman/Hornby Islands), British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Resources
  • Training
  • Workshops
  • Presentations
  • Event Planning
  • Coordination of Restorative Justice Programs
  • Program Consultation
  • Newsletter
  • Community Dialogues

Description of Program:

The CJC’s mandate is the provision of Restorative Justice services for case referrals from RCMP, schools, Ministry of Family and Children’s Development (foster family conflicts), shoplifting offenses from Loss Prevention Officers with major retailers, municipal by-law officers, Conservation officers, DFO (commercial, recreational and aboriginal fisheries offenses), neighbour disputes, non-profit organizations, and auto insurance fraud cases from ICBC. As well, we conduct a variety of community dialogues on matters related to racism, homophobia, and hate crimes. Volunteers accepted.

Description of Training:

Our objective is to teach and practice conflict resolution leading to restoring relationships within the community thereby contributing to the enhancement of peace and harmony within our community. We have professionally trained and skilled facilitators and panel members who adapt the processes to the circumstances, including community conferencing, peacemaking circles, Short-term Transformative Dialogue Facilitation for cases involving racism, homophobia and hate crime, community dialogue and engagement, and, where requested by participants, the incorporation of traditional aboriginal justice practices.

Contact:
Bruce Curtis
Suite E – 450 Eighth Street
Courtenay, BC, V9N 1N5
Tel: (250) 334-8101
Fax: (250) 334-8102
Email: Bruce.Curtis@shawbiz.ca
General inquiries can be sent to: cjc@shawbiz.ca
Website: www.cjc-comoxvalley.com

Community Justice Program of the Sunshine Coast

Location: Town of Gibsons, District of Sechelt, Sunshine Coast Regional District, British Columbia

Description of Program:

Our agency is a non-profit society which delivers restorative processes with the objective of healing negative incidents referred by RCMP, court, School District 46 and Dept. of Fisheries & Oceans. Our processes include community justice forums and community accountability panels.

Contact:
Elin MacKinnon
Tel: (604) 885-2266
Email: cjp-sc@eastlink.ca
OR
Sue Lamb
Tel: (604) 885-2177
Email: slamb@sd46.bc.ca

Cranbrook and District Restorative Justice Society

Location: Cranbrook and East Kootenays, British Columbia

Description of Program:

CDRJS is a non-profit organization seeking to incorporate restorative practices in Cranbrook and surrounding area. We currently receive files from the RCMP and Crown Counsel.

Contact:
Michelle Godec
Tel: (250) 417-4238
Email: michelle.godec@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
OR
Gerry Sobie
Email: gcsobie@telus.net
Website: www.cdrj.ca

Eagle Valley Restorative Justice

Location: Sicamous & area

Description of Program:

We provide a Restorative Justice program for Sicamous and area. We receive all of our referrals from the local RCMP. We generally work with young, first-time offenders. We would also consider adults. We have been in existence since about 1996.

Contact:
Fred Busch
Tel: (250) 836-4318
Email: fbusch@cablelan.net
OR
Carol Laczkovics
Email: caralou_2000@yahoo.com

Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives Association (CJI)

Location: Langley, British Columbia

Description of Program:

Community Justice Initiatives is a non-profit society with over 25 years of experience in providing conflict resolution services. CJI is a comprehensive organization fostering peacemaking and the resolution of conflict in the community through the development and application of Restorative Justice values, principles and processes. CJI offers conflict resolution services, workshops, training and school programs tailored to the needs of the community in a wide variety of settings and situations. CJI’s Restorative Justice based programs include the Victim-Offender Mediation Program, designed to meet the need for healing and closure in people affected by the most serious crimes in the Canadian Criminal Code, Educating for Peace building, a Restorative Action program in Langley schools, and the Restorative Youth Services programs, which take a restorative approach to assisting youth in the local communities of Langley and Surrey.

Description of Training:

  • Essentials of Group Facilitation (Half to full day)
    • Develop effectiveness in exploring unspoken interests and perceptions, listening and communication, and sharpening your “presence” both as a facilitator and in day-to-day life.
  • Working with Victims of Crime (One day)
    • Build your confidence and skills in working with victims through the restorative process. Gain new awareness of trauma recovery research and its application to your practice. Through presentation, video interviews and group discussion, learn how to address the needs created by crime, directly from the voices of victims/survivors.
  • Managing Complex Cases (Two days)
    • If your group is exploring work with cases involving strong emotions, physical assaults, or complex social issues, this course is for you. Increase your effectiveness in pre-conference preparation, staying focussed during conflict, managing power

Contact:
Rose Wilson
Tel: (604) 534-5515
Email: rosewilson@cjibc.org
OR
Jennifer Siemens
Email: jennifersiemens@cjibc.org
Website: www.cjibc.org

Contact (Training)
Aaron Lyons
Tel: 1-604-534-5515
Fax: 1-604-534-6989
Email: training@cjibc.org
Website: www.cjibc.org

Gold River Restorative Justice Society

Location: Gold River, British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered: Restorative Justice Processes

Description of Program:

Our program deals mainly with youth and mischief offences. Our program’s intent is to aid in the healing process, taking responsibility and making restitution. Our referrals come via the RCMP. Volunteers accepted.

Contact:
Colleen Robertson
396 Nimpkish Drive
Box 979
Gold River, BC, V0P 1G0
Tel: (250) 283-2537
Email: grrj@cablerocket.com OR crobertson@viw.sd84.bc.ca

Golden Adult Youth Diversion Program

Location: Golden, British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Training
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Event Planning

Description of Program:

Creating, a healthy community through provision of the Restorative Justice program for victims and offenders and a provision of a viable alternative to the current justice system. Volunteers accepted.

Target Groups: Youth and First Time Offenders

Contact:
Mickey Balas
PO Box 626
Golden, BC, V0A 1H0
Tel: (250) 344-6866 OR (250) 344-5201
Email: ywgolden@persona.ca

Greater Trail Community Justice Program (GTCJP)

Location: Trail, West Kootenay Region

Description of Program:

Though established in 1996 the GTCJP became a non-profit society in 2008, The GTCJP convenes Restorative Justice forums between individuals whose actions have caused harm, those who have been harmed, and support persons for each. The group process (RCMP model) contracts a Restorative Agreement to “make right” the harm. Originally the program was established to deal with offences involving youth, but recently our program has expanded to include adult cases as well. Referrals come primarily from the RCMP; however referrals have also been accepted from community sources.

Contact:
Jennifer Sirges, Coordinator
Tel: (250) 368-6666 (home) OR (250) 364- 2566 ext. 500 (program voicemail)
Email: jsirges@telus.net
OR
Kay Medland, GTCJP Director of Personnel & Programming
Email: kay.medland@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

John Howard Society of the Fraser Valley

Location: Langley & Mission east to Boston Bar (Fraser Valley), British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Resources
  • Training
  • Workshops
  • Presentations
  • Event Planning

Description of Program:

The John Howard Society of the Fraser Valley (JHSFV) has provided prison in-reach services for over 30 years to the 8 federal institutions in our local communities. Our services are based on restorative principles grounded in transformational relationships as the catalyst to individual change. At JHSFV we believe in building respectful relationships based on honesty, integrity, and accountability. Our mandate is to contribute to building safe compassionate communities. Our objective is to educate, mentor, and support those at-risk or engaged with the criminal justice system.  We work with inmates, families, victims, and community members in a variety of ways to build a strong community of support. Our public education sessions are based on the principle that no one is disposable. Our services guide individuals to restore themselves to a state of well-being and find their fit that allows them to contribute positively to their community, whether that’s inside or outside the prison walls.

Our prison services provide an orientation to those newly sentenced, information packages, parole hearing assistance, counselling and crisis intervention for inmates and their families in the community.  In two of the institutions we are initiating Restorative Justice Groups to educate and build capacity. In the community we provide counselling and support to those impacted by crimes including inmate families and victims. We offer the Community Alternatives to Violence Project for inmates, ex-prisoners, and citizens to gather and explore the roots of empathy, the impacts of violence, and the pathway to compassion. Volunteers accepted & Placements provided.

Target Groups: Federal inmates, provincial women inmates, parolees, homeless individuals, individuals with chronic illnesses or mental health issues, recovering addicts, families of those incarcerated, students

Description of Training:

John Howard Society of the Fraser Valley (JHSFV) Volunteer Training

The JHSFV volunteers are provided training opportunities throughout the year to help them understand and engage people who have become involved in the criminal justice system. Our volunteers are instrumental in creating a bridge between the prisons and the community to facilitate successful reintegration. Our annual training sessions include:

  • Non-violent communication skills
  • Restorative justice & transformational relationships
  • Cognition and brain functioning
  • Alternatives to Violence Project facilitation
  • Courts & Corrections

Our trainers are professionals who deal with trauma and crime, often providing service to Corrections Services of Canada and the federal court system.

Contact:
Maggie Aronoff
#1 – 1653 Salton Rd
Abbotsford, BC, V2S 7P2        
Tel: (604) 852-1226
Fax: (604) 746-2212
Email: maronoff@jhsfv.com
General inquiries can be sent to: jhsfv@shaw.ca
Website: www.jhsfv.com

Justice Alternative Program

Location: Burns Lake, British Columbia

Description of Program:

The Lakes District Justice Alternative Program is active in finding alternatives to court related criminal activity. The primary target of the program is to find an effective means of justice amongst youth offenders who involve themselves with mischief, theft, and vandalism.

Contact:
Cst. Hayley Nielsen
Tel: (250) 692 – 7171
Email: hayley.nielsen@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
OR
Kelly Holliday
Tel: (250) 692 - 7080
Email: kk.holliday@hotmail.com

Justice Education Society

Location: Vancouver, Lower Mainland North Fraser, Lower Mainland South Fraser, Lower Mainland West/Provincial Court, Northern, Okanagan, Thompson and Victoria, British Columbia

Description of Program:

The Justice Education Society is dedicated to improving access to the justice system through hands-on, targeted, two-way education between the public and those working in the system. Our programs and resources serve the general public, youth, persons with disabilities, Aboriginals and immigrants in British Columbia, and are designed to help communities better understand how our justice system works and their role in the system.

The Peer Resolution Conferences for Youth program uses Aboriginal Restorative Justice practices and principles to offer a unique alternative to certain school discipline measures, including suspensions. The purpose of Peer Resolution Conferences is to: Help youth deal with improper behaviour and actions, Keep youth out of court, Intervene before youth act in a manner that violates school rules or criminal

Contact:
Evelyn Neaman
Tel: (604) 660-3259
Email: evelyn.neaman@justiceeducation.ca
OR
Patricia Byrne
Email: patricia.byrne@justiceeducation.ca
Website: www.justiceeducation.ca

Kamloops Restorative Justice Program

Location: Kamloops, British Columbia

Description of Program:

The program receives referrals from the RCMP and Loss Prevention Officers involving youth or adult offenders who have minimal or no criminal history. The program is used as a pre-charge alternative to the Court system where victims, offenders and support from both parties are brought together through the Community Justice Forums to find ways to repair the harm caused.

Contact:
Brain Smith
Tel: (250) 828-3000
Website: http://kamloops.rcmp.ca

Kitimat Restorative Justice

Location: Kitimat, Northwest Region, British Columbia

Description of Program:

Works with the RCMP to co-ordinate and provide facilitation for the Restorative Justice process.

Contact:
Kerry Davie
Tel: (250) 632-6718
Email: northwestholistichealthclinic@telus.net
OR
Kitimat R.C.M.P
Tel: (250) 632-7111 

Kootenay Restorative Justice

Location: Slocan, British Columbia

Description of Program:

We take referrals from the RCMP detachments in New Denver, Nakusp and Nelson City Police and do forums in the West Kootenays. We use facilitator training as a recruitment method and to disseminate this information to school teachers and others in the Kootenay area. We offer Conversation Peace in local high schools and do as much outreach as possible with other community agencies.

Contact:
Carol Bell
Tel: (250) 355-2484
Email: krjustice@wegcss.org OR cbell@redmtn.ca
OR
Suzanne Nedham
Tel: (250) 352-7285
Email: briarpatch4@shaw.ca
Website: www.krjustice.com

Lillooet Restorative Justice Program

Location: Lillooet, British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Research
  • Resources
  • Training
  • Workshops
  • Presentations
  • Coordination of Restorative Justice Programs

Description of Program:

The Lillooet Restorative Justice Program was founded in 2003. Through a team of trained volunteers, we facilitate restorative processes for our community. Processes that we use include: Community Justice Forums, Peacemaking Circles and Victim/Offender Dialogue. We also facilitate trainings for schools, community groups and youth groups related to Restorative Justice and principles, mentorship, human rights and the Youth Criminal Justice Act

Our objectives include to provide services to members and agencies of our community that enable them to respond to harmful incidents in ways that foster healing, repair of harm, including perhaps reconciliation and transformation, for victims, offenders and, in some cases, the community as a whole. Volunteers accepted.

Target Groups: Victims, Offenders and Schools

We aim to provide education and training in order to build the capacity of local individuals and institutions to understand and apply restorative principles in daily life.

Contact:
Sarah Chandler
Box 588
Lillooet, BC, V0K 1V0
Tel: (250) 256-0683
Fax: (250) 256-0683
Email: rj@lillooetlearns.ca
Website: www.rjlillooet.ca

Mission Restorative Resolutions

Location: District of Mission, British Columbia

Languages: English, French and will secure translator if needed.

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Funding
  • Resources
  • Training
  • Presentations
  • Event Planning

Description of Program:

Mission Restorative Resolutions is a District of Mission community based service intended to assist individuals in repairing incidents of harm, crime and resolving conflict, through voluntary facilitated restorative processes, such as mediation, conferencing and circles. We provide a community-based service that supports promotes and practices holistic processes and values intended to establish community connectivity, understanding and safety.

Trained volunteer community facilitators bring together the affected parties to facilitate accountability to repair harm caused and/or resolve conflicts and improve the well being of those involved. Family and community members are often included to support the individuals most affected, building both individual and community capacity to address incidents of harm and conflict in positive ways. This is a whole community program, with no age limit restrictions. Volunteers accepted.

Target Groups: All Community Members

Contact:
Darryl Gehlen
8645 Stave Lake Street
Mission, BC
Tel: (604) 820-3755
Fax: (604) 820-3329
Email: dgehlen@mission.ca
General inquiries can be sent to: mrr@mission.ca
Website: www.mission.ca/mrr

Nanaimo Region John Howard Society

Location: Nanaimo, British Columbia

Description of Program:

The purpose of the program is aimed at repairing harm caused by a criminal act. All interventions use the Community Justice Forum Model and only deal with offences where an offender has admitted guilt (responsibility) and willingly participates in the process. Victims must agree to the process and are encouraged to attend. Average turn-around time for referrals from date of referral to signing the Resolution Agreement at the forum is 40 days. Since 1998 we have received over 2,500 referrals.

Contact:
Gail Jewsbury
#200 – 1585 Bowen Road
Nanaimo, BC, V9S 1G4
Tel: (250) 754-1266
Email: gail.jhsnan@shawcable.com
Website: www.jhsnr.org

Nicola Valley Aboriginal Community Justice Program

Location: Merritt, British Columbia

Description of Program:

The Merritt Program provides services to the Nicola Valley and 5 local Bands, which include the Coldwater, Nooaitch, Shackan, Upper and Lower Nicola Indian Bands. First Nation individuals are given the opportunity to develop and participate in structured alternatives to routine court proceedings in minor criminal matters.

Contact:
Colleen Twan
Tel: (250) 378-5010
Email: nvacjp@uniserve.com

North Peace Justice Society

Location: Northern Eastern Area, British Columbia

Languages: English

Service Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Training
  • Presentations
  • Coordination of Restorative Justice Programs
  • Program Consultation

Description of Program:

Our mandate is to provide a safe controlled environment in which offenders, victims, and their families or supporters are brought together under the guidance of a trained facilitator and develop a plan to correct what has occurred. Our focus is offender accountability, problem solving, and creating an equal voice for offenders and victims.

Currently North Peace Justice Society is using the community forum model for their Restorative Justice Program. We are hoping to expand to include an elementary school program and First Nations program. We have one paid staff member, a volunteer board of directors and all our facilitators are volunteers. Volunteers accepted & Placements provided.

Target Groups: First time offenders

Contact:
Michelle LaBoucane
10142 101 Ave
Fort St John, BC, V1J 2B3
Tel: (250) 263-9209
Fax: (250) 263-9299
Email: restorativejustice@telus.net

North Shore Restorative Justice Society

Location: North and West Vancouver, British Columbia

Description of Program:

The North Shore Restorative Justice Society (NSRJS) is a community-based initiative that offers restorative responses to crime and conflict. The Society began in 1999 as collaboration amongst the City and District of North Vancouver, the RCMP, the judiciary, and a number of caring citizens. Since then, we have expanded to respond restoratively to situations involving adults at risk of abuse and neglect and within school environments. We believe that through restorative justice approaches, conflict and harm can be transformed into an opportunity for understanding, reparation, and healing.

Contact:
Teresa Canning
Tel: (604) 990-7462
Fax:(604) 985-0935
General inquiries can be sent to: info@nsrj.ca
Website: www.nsrj.ca

Pender Island Restorative Justice Program

Location: Pender Island, British Columbia

Description of Program:

Our Program offers Restorative Justice services, including conferencing circles, mediation and conflict resolution, to residents of and visitors to Pender Island, whether referred by the RCMP, other agencies or individuals. All our volunteers are committed to Restorative Justice principles and bring diverse social justice skills which are supplemented by continuing training. We strive to work with others in our small community to make Pender Island a welcoming and caring society for all.

Contact:
Sharon Card
Tel: (250) 629-3598
Email: secard@shaw.ca
OR
Diane MacDonald
Email: meldi@shaw.ca

Salt Spring Island Restorative Justice

Location: Salt Spring Island
Languages: English
Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Coordination of RJ Programs

Description of Program:

We are a group of dedicated volunteers who have taken training in Restorative Justice Practices. Although most of our referrals are from the RCMP, we also get cases from Crown Counsel, and local businesses and organizations as well as from the schools. We use both the conferencing model and peacemaking circles. Volunteers accepted.

Contact:
Mary Richardson
Tel: 250-537-8707

General inquiries can be sent to:
RCMP Office
Lower Ganges Rd
Salt Spring Island, BC
Tel: 250-537-5555

Restorative Justice Conferencing

Youth Probation, Ministry of Children and Family Development

Location: Vancouver Coastal Region (Vancouver, Richmond, N. Shore), British Columbia

Description of Program:

Provide an opportunity for adjudicated youth to participate in a restorative process with the victims of their offences. Youth must be adjudicated, however participation is voluntary. Referrals can be made at various stages of the youth’s court involvement i.e. pre-sentence, post sentence, in custody or just prior to release from custody etc. The family group conferencing model is used. Many of the referrals we receive are for violent offences including, assaults, assault with weapon, robberies etc.

Contact:
Emilio Godoy
Tel: (604) 660-9235
Email: emilio.godoy@gov.bc.ca

Restorative Justice Society – North Okanagan

Location: Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP Detachment area, which includes the following:  Falkland, Spallumcheen, Armstrong, Enderby, Vernon, Coldstream and Lumby.

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Training
  • Workshops
  • Presentations
  • Program Consultation
  • Coordination of RJ Programs
  • Other: Referral to other supports
  • Resources

Description of Program:

The Restorative Justice Society – North Okanagan (RJS-NO) was established in November 2011 with services available since January 2006. The RJS-NO was previously known as the North Okanagan Restorative Justice Program and the Lumby & District Restorative Justice Program which were combined under the newly formed RJS – NO.

The RJS-NO works closely with the RCMP and the schools within the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP Detachment area and we receive referrals directly from the RCMP and schools.  The program utilizes the RCMP Community Justice Forum and Community Accountability Panel Conference models. Volunteers accepted & Placements provided.

Target Groups: Services were available to youth (12 – 17) and for adults (18 and older).

Contact:
Margaret Clark
Address: 111 – 3334 30th Avenue
Vernon. BC V1T 2C8
Tel: (250) 938-0749 or (250) 550-7846
Fax: (250) 260-5866
Email: mclark@vernon.ca
Website: www.restorativejusticesociety.ca(In progress)

Ridge Meadows Youth & Justice Advocacy Association

Location: Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Description of Program:

Our referrals come from the RCMP and Crown Counsel for youth ages 12 -17 inclusive who are in conflict with the law. Our program strives to include those harmed through Family Group Conferences with the alternate being Community Accountability Panels. Every youth accept into our diversion program is assigned a mentor. Mentors assist youth through their extrajudicial measures or sanctions plan as well as encourage strengths which in-turn promotes accountability, healing, closure, self-esteem, and self-worth.

Contact:
Ranjit Kingra OR Emily Kielan
Tel: (604) 467-5889
Email: connect@youthdiversion.ca
Website: www.youthdiversion.ca

Sea to Sky Restorative Justice Society

Location: Squamish, British Columbia

Description of Program:

The Sea to Sky Restorative Justice Society accepts referrals from agencies such as the RCMP, School District, and DFO for minor offences. We use the Community Justice Forum model with participants, and promote the Restorative Justice philosophy in our community by offering training and mentorship.

Contact:
Heather Nash
Tel: (604) 892-6152 (SSRJS Voicemail) OR (604) 892-5807 (Coordinator)
Email: ssrjs@shaw.ca

Saanich Community Justice Initiative

Location: Saanich, British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Resources
  • Presentations

Description of Program:

Saanich Community Justice Initiatives is an innovative out of court process to deal with an offence. It is an alternative to the traditional justice system and is based on Restorative Justice practices. The victim is central to the process, the accused is held accountable for their behaviour and dialogue among all persons involved in the incident is encouraged. The program has three models; community conferencing, victim/offender meeting and Diversion. Each model varies in who participates in the process. We also offer a Crimes and Consequences program for youth. Volunteers accepted & Placements provided.

Target Groups: Youth and Adults who could be charged for an offence by the Saanich Police Department

Contact:
Kim Fagerlund
Address: 2675 Bridge Street
Victoria, BC                   
Tel: (250) 386-3428
Fax: (250) 361-4561
Email: k.fagerlund@johnhoward.victoria.bc.ca
Website: www.johnhoward.victoria.bc.ca

South Okanagan Similkameen Restorative Justice Program

Location: South Okanagan, British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Training
  • Workshops
  • Presentations

Description of Program:

Our mandate is to provide Restorative Justice services to both adult and youth involved in activities that have resulted in harm. The program is a pre-charge program and accepts referrals from RCMP, schools and communities. The program facilitates restorative conferences and circles of support and accountability. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity to heal for all of those involved in incidents where harm has resulted and to develop a plan for the offender to address the harm and move forward in a positive and productive manner. Volunteers accepted.

Target Groups: Youth and Adults

Contact:
Terri Kalaski
1168 Main Street
Penticton, BC, V2A 5E8
Tel: (250) 770-4752
Fax: (250) 492-4851
Email: terri.kalaski@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Summerland Community Accountability Program

Location: Summerland, British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Coordination of Restorative Justice Programs
  • Program Consultation

Description of Program:

Files are generated from Summerland RCMP. We utilize the family group conferencing model of support and accountability. Volunteers accepted.

Target Groups: Youth and Adult

Contact:
Alicia Bigland
5675 Hespeler Rd
Summerland, BC, V0H 1Z4
Tel: (250) 494-7039
Email: abigland@shaw.ca

Surrey Restorative Justice Program

Location: Surrey, British Columbia

Languages: English, French and Other

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Training
  • Workshops
  • Presentations
  • Program Consultation

Description of Program:

The Surrey Restorative Justice program facilitates restorative processes for members of the Surrey community aimed at resolving conflict and repairing harm between willing participants.  Depending on the needs of the participants, we offer community justice circles, restorative conferences, circles of dialogue and mentorship. Volunteers accepted.

Target Groups: Youth 12-17 years old, adults 18-25 years old, mainly non-violent

Contact:
Jana Stocker
14355 57th Ave
Surrey, BC, V3X-1A9
Tel: (604) 502-6285
Fax: (604) 599-7285
Email: jana.stocker@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: www.surrey.rcmp.ca

Texada Island/Powell River Restorative Justice

Location: Texada Island & Powell River, British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered: Restorative Justice Processes

Description of Program:

We use the Community Justice Forum, provide facilitators, arrange and conduct the forum. A written agreement is drafted, a completion date is determined and the contract is monitored for compliance. We accept referrals from RCMP, ICBC, schools, businesses and the community at large, anyone who feels a community justice forum could repair harm from a situation. Our program is administered under Texada Safety and Police Advisory Committee. Volunteers accepted.

Contact:

Jane Waterman
PO Box 48
Van Anda, BC, V0N 3K0
Tel: (604) 486-7768
Email: waterman@xplornet.com

Touchstone Family Association

Location:

Richmond, British Columbia

Description of Program:

Touchstone Family Association is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing counselling, support and intervention services to children and their families. The organization has a number of programs that it offers to Richmond residents, including a restorative justice program. This program is primarily focused on diversion for children and youth who have committed a criminal offence.

Contact:

Haroon Bajwa
120-6411 Buswell Street,
Richmond, BC
Tel: (604) 207-5039
Email: hbajwa@touchfam.ca
OR
Judy Valsonis
Email: jvalsonis@touchfam.ca
Website: www.touchfam.ca

Vancouver Association of Restorative Justice (VARJ)

Location:

Vancouver, B.C.

Description of Program:

To advance the knowledge and application of restorative practices in the City of Vancouver.

Contact:

John DeHaas
Tel: (604) 717-3161
Email: john.dehaas@vpd.ca
OR
Tom Allen
Tel: (604) 782-3100
Email: tom.allen@shaw.ca

Vancouver Island Region Restorative Justice Association

Location:

Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands, British Columbia

Languages

English

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Resources
  • Presentations
  • Coordination of Restorative Justice Programs
  • Program Consultation

Description of Program:

The purpose of the society is to provide a collective voice for restorative justice programs and practitioners in our area, to liaise with other restorative justice organizations in BC, Canada and Internationally, to promote an understanding of the principles of restorative justice and to identify and support best practices with restorative justice programs.

Our goal is to provide a collective voice when dealing with government issues and concerns for all RJ programs.

Target Groups: Restorative Justice Programs and Practitioners in the above area.

Contact:

Caryl Wylie
Secretary
C/o 2415 Evanshire Crescent
Nanoose Bay, BC, V9P 9G7
Tel: (250) 468-1549
Email: virrja@ymail.com
Website:  http://members.shaw.ca/virrja

Victoria Restorative Justice Society

Location:

Victoria & Esquimalt, British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Training
  • Workshops
  • Presentations
  • Newsletter

Description of Program:

VRJS provides restorative practices for youth and adults in the aftermath of crime and other harmful behaviour. Our mandate is firstly, to address crime and conflict in the community through restorative practices and secondly, to engage in public education and outreach to ensure a broad base of support for, and participation in, community justice. Volunteers accepted

Target Groups: Youths and Adults

Description of Training: What is Restorative Justice?

This is a 1.5 hour introductory workshop on Restorative Justice. It is designed for people who know little to nothing about Restorative Justice and want the basics. This workshop is designed as a general introduction to the concept of Restorative Justice. During the workshop, participants learn when, why and how Restorative Justice is used, who participates in it and what they do. The workshop introduces participants to how Restorative Justice is being practiced in our local community and the benefits these practices have created. The workshop also includes a mock Restorative Justice conference imitating the process of creating a Restorative Justice agreement, which is enacted by participants. Participants leave the workshop with a solid understanding of the concept of Restorative Justice, its benefits and how it is being practiced in Victoria.

Contact:
Anna Glenny, Program Assistant
Tel: (250) 383-5801
Email: office@vrjs.org

Description of Training: Youth Restorative Practices Certificate

The Youth Restorative Practices Certificate program is an introduction to restorative practices, conflict management and communication for youth in grade 8. This six session workshop series has been shown to improve youth's self-awareness, sense of personal responsibility and understanding of their connection with community.

The Youth Restorative Practices Certificate curriculum is designed to give youth tools for responding to conflict and difficult situations in a way that is respectful of themselves as well as others. It offers students learning which encompasses self, community and leadership.

Other benefits the students experience include: an ability to identify problems and strategize responses, increased self-confidence and emotional intelligence and an awareness of the consequences of one’s actions, not just to another but to self and community.

This interactive and engaging program involves group participation and some journaling.

Certificate upon successful attendance/completion of 9 hours

Contact:
Gillian Lindquist
#306-620 View Street
Victoria, BC, V8W 1J6
Tel: (250) 383-5801
Fax: (250) 383.5801
Email: gillianlindquist@vrjs.org
General Inquiries can be sent to: office@vrjs.org
Website: www.vrjs.org

Wet’suwet’en Unlocking Aboriginal Justice

Location: Smithers, BC

Description of Program:

The Wet’suwet’en Unlocking Aboriginal Justice Program continues to provide direct services to Hagwilget, Moricetown, Smithers, Houston, Wet’suwet’en First Nation and Southbank.

Program information has been presented to many groups including Hagwilget Village’s Friday Community Lunch, Hazelton Secondary School, the First Nations Studies class at Smithers Secondary School, the Women’s Empowerment Circle in Moricetown and the Youth Empowerment Programs in Hazelton, Moricetown, Smithers and Houston. Furthermore, our elder and youth program has actively been working with the Wet’suwet’en communities in offering monthly elder / youth lunches followed by fun activities and workshops.

Contact:
Sherry McKinnon
Tel: (250) 847-3630
Email: sherry.mckinnon@wetsuweten.com
OR
Email: wuaj@wetsuweten.com
Website: www.wetsuweten.com

Williams Lake Community Council for Restorative Justice

Location: Willliams Lake, Soda Creek, Horsefly, Likely, 150 Mile House, Canoe Creek, Dog Creek, and Alexis Creek, and Nemiah Valley, British Columbia

Languages: English

Services Offered:

  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Training
  • Workshops
  • Presentations

Description of Program:

The Council is a community organization which oversees and guides the development of an alternative justice program that is restorative rather than punitive. The group runs Community Justice/Peace Making Circles for Crown, RCMP, and School District #27. Volunteers accepted.

Target Groups: RCMP, Crown, School District #27, and neighbouring First Nation Bands

Description of Training: Restorative Practices in the Schools

This is very much like the RCMP Restorative Justice Facilitator Course, but there is a focus on restorative practices, such as check in circles with students, restorative responses when dealing with incidents, as well as preparing for and running Community Justice Circles.

An RCMP Restorative Justice Course Attendance certificate is given with an opportunity to receive a facilitator certificate once five circles have been successfully completed

Contact:

Dave Dickson
575 Borland Street
Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1R9
Tel: (250) 398-0737
Fax: (250) 392-0737
Email: David.Dickson@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Academic Courses and Programs

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Location: New Westminster, British Columbia

Programs and Courses: Certificate in Conflict Resolution: Specialization in Negotiation

Required courses provide a theoretical framework and emphasize skill development. Worth 18 credits

Foundations of Collaborative Conflict Resolution CCR100 (3 days)
(Formerly Dealing with Interpersonal Conflict, CR110A)

OR

  • Foundations of Collaborative Conflict Resolution: Workplace Focus CCR101 (3 days) (Formerly Resolving Conflict in the Workplace CR110B)
  • Negotiation Skills Level I, CCR170 (3 days)
  • Mediation Skills Level I, CCR180 (3 days)
  • Dealing with Anger, CCR190 (3 days)
  • Negotiation Skills Level II, CCR280 (5 days)
  • Theoretical Foundations of Dispute Resolution, CCR150 (3 days - 21 hours over a 6 week time frame)

OR

  • Applying Conflict Theory: From Awareness to Analysis, CCR151 (3 days)

This core program is complemented by a range of electives provide that specialized training in the dispute resolution functions of mediation, negotiation and facilitation. In addition, there are general electives that develop skills and provide theoretical frameworks that are applicable to negotiation, mediation and facilitation.

Certificate in Conflict Resolution: Specialization in Negotiation upon successful completion of 252 hours (36 training days) and the final assessment component.

Certificate enrolment fee: $250.

Contact:
Centre for Conflict Resolution
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC, V3L 5T4
Tel: (1-888) 799-0801
Website: www.jibc.ca

Royal Roads University – School of Peace and Conflict Management

Location: Victoria, British Columbia

Programs and Courses: Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies

The BA in Justice Studies is a broad-based, multi-disciplinary program that draws knowledge from academic disciplines including law, criminology, sociology, philosophy, political science, computer science, social work and public administration. The program focuses on acquiring practical justice service skills with particular attention to alternative dispute resolution skills. The program prepares students for careers in the public sector and non-profit agencies as well as non-government organizations, criminal justice agencies and other agencies dealing with justice-related issues.

The BA in Justice Studies is currently offering a two-year online model delivered through a combination of online courses and two three-week residencies.

Contact:
Drs. Erich Schellhammer and Michael Young, Program Heads
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Rd
Victoria, BC, V9B 5Y2
Tel: (250) 391-26
Email: RRU-SPCM@Ro00yalRoads.ca

Program and Courses: Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management

The MA in Conflict Analysis and Management is a two-year interdisciplinary program that provides both the theoretical and practical skills necessary to identify, analyze, and manage group conflict in a variety of international and domestic arenas. To accomplish this, the program stresses a holistic, cross-cultural approach to conflict analysis and management, and focuses on multi-party disputes between governments, corporations and civil society.

Participants in the MA Conflict and Analysis Management program can choose from a number of concentrations: Political, Ethnic, and Security Issues; Organizational Conflict; and Community and School Conflict. (Concentration offerings are contingent upon sufficient enrolment.) Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management offers both a Major Research Project and Applied Skills Option. We also offer a Graduate Diploma Conflict and Analysis Management that can be completed in about a year.

Contact:
Dr. Fred Oster, Program Head
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Rd
Victoria, BC, V9B 5Y2
Tel: (250) 391-2600
Email: RRU-SPCM@RoyalRoads.ca
Website: www.royalroads.ca

Simon Fraser University

Location: Burnaby, British Columbia

Programs and Courses:

The University's School of Criminology is the home of the Centre for Restorative Justice, a new and growing resource and research centre for Restorative Justice. The School of Criminology is a member of a Canada-European consortium of universities, which facilitates the post-secondary program needs of foreign students travelling abroad to study Restorative Justice. Future plans are to create entrance scholarships for graduate students interested in research in Restorative Justice.

Four 3-credit courses are currently available to undergraduate criminology majors:

  • CRIM 315 - an overview and in-depth look at Restorative Justice issues.
  • CRIM 416 - Restorative Justice in Schools
  • CRIM 417 - Restorative Justice as Human Development and Community Building
  • CRIM 422 - a seminar on correctional practice, with an emphasis on Restorative Justice programs. The course is given by Dave Gustafson of the Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives Association. The Association runs a Victim Offender Mediation Program that deals with serious and violent crimes.

Contact:
Dr. Brenda Morrison
Co-Director for the Centre for Restorative Justice, School of Criminology
Tel: (778) 782-7627
Simon Fraser University,
8888 University Drive,
Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6
Website: http://www.sfu.ca/criminology/

Thompson Rivers University – Open Learning

Location: Kamloops, British Columbia

Programs and Courses:

TRU - Open Learning offers a variety of distance education programs in the field of criminology, in partnership with Simon Fraser University.

Courses with a restorative justice component include:

  • CRIM 101: Introduction To Criminology
  • CRIM 103: Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
  • CRIM 104: Sociological Exploration of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
  • CRIM 135: A Criminal Justice Perspective
  • CRIM 230: Criminal Law
  • CRIM 251: Introduction To Policing
  • CRIM 300: Current Theories and Perspectives in Criminology, (SFU CRIM 300W)
  • CRIM 312: Criminological Perspectives on Social Problems
  • CRIM 314: Mental Disorder, Criminality and the Law
  • CRIM 321: Quantitative Research Methods in Criminology, (SFU CRIM 320)
  • CRIM 322: Qualitative Research Methods in Criminology
  • CRIM 330: Criminal procedure & evidence
  • CRIM 335: Human Rights & Civil Liberties
  • CRIM 343: Correctional Practice I
  • CRIM 355: The Forensic Sciences
  • CRIM 369: Professional Ethics and Interpersonal Skills in Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 413: Terrorism

Contact:
Morah MacAulay
Web Services Manager
Thompson Rivers University - Open Learning
Tel: (250) 852-6894
Website: www.truopen.ca

University of Victoria

Location: Victoria, British Columbia

Programs and Courses: Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution

The interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution program is offered through the School of Public Administration in the Faculty of Human and the program focuses on public-sector dispute resolution, including: foundation content on theory and practice; design and implementation of public dispute resolution systems; and a study of the impact of social inequalities (e.g., power, gender and culture) on conflict. The program consists of 18 units of study for students who choose to complete a project and 19.5 units for students who choose to complete a thesis. The program is delivered on campus and includes two required Co-operative Education job placements (4 months each). Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in a related field of study with at least a B average, as well as relevant work experience.

The program includes:

Fall: First Academic Semester

  • DR 505 (1.5) : Foundational Theories for Dispute Resolution
  • DR 502 (1.5) : Conflict, Culture and Diversity
  • DR 503 (1.5) Public Policy, Law, and Dispute Resolution
  • DR 501 (1.5) Dispute Analysis and Intervention: Tools, Processes, Skills

Spring: First Co-op Semester
Co-op placement with government, non-profit or consulting organization

Summer: Second Academic Semester

  • DR 515 (1.5) Research Methods
  • DR 512 (1.5) Reflective Practice
  • Elective (1.5) See above list of elective courses for details
  • Elective (1.5)

Fall: Second Co-op semester
Co-op placement with government, non-profit or consulting organization

Spring: Third Academic Semester

  • DR520 (1.5) Applied Research Seminar
  • DR598/599 (4.5/6.0) Professional Report or Thesis

Contact:
Graduate Secretary
Institute for Dispute Resolution
University of Victoria
Box 2400, Stn. CSC
Victoria, BC, V8W 3H7
Tel: (250) 721-8199
Fax: (250) 721-6607
Email: dispute@uvic.ca
Website: www.dispute.resolution.uvic.ca

Vancouver Island University

Location: Nanaimo, British Columbia

Programs and Courses: Alternative Conflict Resolution in Criminal Justice Systems

The course will survey the ideologies, assumptions, theories and practices informing alternative conflict resolution models emerging in various criminal justice systems throughout the world. The aboriginal foundations for dispute resolution in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the United States and some Western European countries will provide the historical context. The course will examine various models such as accountability boards, healing circles, Restorative Justice options for youth, family conferences and victim-offender mediation programs.

Contact:
Joanne Simister
Chair, Criminology
Building 356, Room 306
Mail drop: 356-3
Tel: (250) 753-3245, Local 2243
Fax: (250) 740-6550
Email: joanne.simister@viu.ca
Website: www.viu.ca