Restorative Justice is a philosophy that looks at crime and conflict as a breakdown between people and relationships. Restorative Justice acknowledges that when a crime occurs it impacts the victim, community, and offender, and therefore in order to resolve or to start to heal the harm, all people affected need to be part of the conversation.
North Shore Restorative Justice understands that each individual file is different and thus works to build a restorative process around the needs of the victim, community, and offender. In order for a file to be referred to North Shore Restorative Justice, the person who has been harmed (i.e. the victim) must want to participate in restorative justice, as well as the person responsible for the harm needs to take responsibility and want to participate in restorative justice. It is imperative to the process that participation in restorative justice is voluntary on all accounts as well as confidential.
Our Mission. To build capacity and connectivity with the North Shore community to prevent and respond to conflict and harm. We will do this through values-based processes that engage elders, adults and youth.
Our Vision. We will work towards a future where restorative justice practices, principles and values are used throughout North Shore communities to prevent conflict and heal harms.
Restorative Justice offers:
- An opportunity to tell your story
- A chance to explain how you have been impacted
- A safe, caring and respectful place to share your story
- Involvement and support through a problem-solving approach
- Conflict resolution and a chance to repair relationships
- A better understanding of the incident and its impacts
- An opportunity to take responsibility for one's actions
- Meaningful outcomes and an opportunity for closure