Restorative Justice Week will be held in Canada, and throughout the world, from November 19-26, 2023.
- Find Restorative Justice Programs across Canada
- Indigenous Justice Program | Interactive Map
- Restorative Justice Fact Sheet
- National Association of Friendship Centres
- Gazette: Building a better path to restorative justice in Manitoba
- Gazette: A second chance for adults: Restorative justice expands in Nova Scotia
- Watch: story from a coffee shop owner in Nova Scotia (Department of Justice Canada)
Restorative Justice is an approach to justice that encourages victims/survivors, individuals offenders, and the community to be involved in dealing with the impact of criminal and offending behaviour. It aims to address the needs of victims/survivors and the community, while placing an emphasis of accountability on the offender and repairing the harm caused by their actions.
The goal is to reach meaningful, satisfying, and fair outcomes through:
- open communication
- builds on respect, compassion and inclusivity
- encourages meaningful engagement and accountability
- provides an opportunity for reparation and reintegration
Some benefits of Restorative Justice
Restorative Justice can:
- provide a voice to victims and aid their recovery
- enhance community trust
- help expedite criminal proceedings and reduce court delays
- help reduce the frequency and severity of reoffending
- support effective local crime prevention
RCMP members are encouraged to refer appropriate cases to community Restorative Justice programs for pre-charge intervention.
The Indigenous Justice Program within the Department of Justice Canada has created an interactive map that will assist members in finding nearby Indigenous Justice Programs in relation to RCMP detachments, along with an electronic directory for Restorative Justice programs throughout Canada.
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