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The Restlogo-final.jpgorative Justice Centre of Quebec (RJC-QC) was created in order promote an understanding of the concepts of restorative justice and to implement restorative justice programs within the province of Quebec.  Restorative justice focuses on a reconciliation and healing process between offender and victim, where both take an active role in a process wherein offenders take direct responsibility for their acts and attempt reparation and victims can express how they have been affected by the wrongdoing. Restorative justice recognizes that crime is an offense against individuals rather than the State and emphasizes reconciliation and catharsis rather than punishment as in our modern criminal justice system. Thus, our mandate is based on respecting the fundamental dignity of human beings and the need for societal harmony.

Restorative Justice is a process of empowerment that allows restoration of self-esteem and self-confidence. It aims to summon understanding from confusion and hope from despair. It involves reconciliation with oneself and the “other” resulting in inner healing.

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National Restorative Justice Symposium, November 19-21, 2017

On traditional unceded territory of the
Algonquin Anishnaabeg people, in

Ottawa ON

Program Update


Global Innovation – Local (R)Evolution will feature international keynote presentations from New Zealand’s Hayley MacKenzie and the United Kingdom’s Christopher Straker, and the program is filling up with excellent workshop and training sessions, such as:

  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing: “Sacred Circles”
  • Working from a Victim-Centred Perspective: What, Why, and How?
  • The F Word: Exploring Forgiveness
  • Understanding Deep-Rooted Conflict, Structures of Violence & Power Imbalances
  • Circle Up! Using Circles and other Restorative Practices with Youth in Community and Educational Settings
  • Beyond Kale and Yoga: Strategies to Reduce Compassion Fatigue and Burnout as Teams and Individuals
  • Restorative Parenting: It’s Complicated


The objective of the event was to better understand why, despite Canada’s robust criminal laws related to sexual assault, rates of reporting, prosecution, and conviction remain low. The event also explored  how the criminal justice system’s responses to sexual assault could be improved. 

The summary of this event is now available online. You can access the document here:


A group of 21 non-Aboriginals participated in the Returning to spirit workshop last January and look forward to meeting the group of Aboriginal participants for the Reconciliation workshop.

This year, the National Restorative Justice Symposium will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 21-22. The Symposium raises awareness of a restorative approach to addressing crime and conflict. This year’s Symposium is being hosted by the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and Dalhousie University

To take a look at the Symposium Agenda:

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Last update: February 26,  2018