THREE PRINCIPLES OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE:
-Centre for Justice and Reconciliation
WHAT IS RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
According to the Government of Canada and Youth Justice Fund, contributors of this strategy, Restorative Justice refers to:
“an approach to justice that seeks to repair harm by providing an opportunity for those harmed and those who take responsibility for the harm to communicate about and address their needs in the aftermath of a crime.”
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
STEP 1: RCMP receive a call-to-service or complaint on an incident involving a youth. If the occurrence is not criminal in nature or deemed as low-risk, they will complete a referral form for Restorative Justice and send to the RJ Coordinator.
STEP 2: The Coordinator will review the referral to assess appropriateness for the program. Upon acceptance, a committee member will reach out to the involved parties to arrange initial meetings and explain the process.
STEP 3: Committee will discuss with involved parties their options; accountability circles, extrajudicial measures, mediation, etc. and proceed with the plan to begin repairing the relationship that was broken from the incident that occurred.
Do I have to be Indigenous?No. This program is for those living within the Indigenous communities.
Will I still be charged?No. Incidents referred to this program are seen as more appropriate for reparation rather than a charge.
Do I have to participate?No. All parties must voluntarily participate. However, non-participants may not be considered for future referrals.
Who will know about this?RCMP, involved parties, and selected committee members will sign a confidentiality form.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
If you are interested in getting involved in this strategy or have any questions, please reach out to the band.