Restorative Justice: Healing Harm, Preventing Crime, Transforming Lives

Restorative Justice is a peaceful, healing-forward, and community-building approach rooted in Indigenous methodology, which works to focus on dialogue, reparation, and healing in response to crime and conflict. The goal is to have balance and harmony in community relationships to encourage connection and holism as Indigenous knowledge calls upon relatedness in all directions.

The North Shore Restorative Justice Society (NSRJS) acknowledges that it is a Settler organization that is continuously unlearning, learning and growing to best provide restorative practices and processes to support children, youth, adults, and elders across the North Shore community.

As we recognize the Indigenous roots of Restorative Justice, NSRJ honours the Elders and Knowledge Holders, past, present and future. We also acknowledge the historical impact of colonization, and residential schools, condemns anti-Indigenous racism, and commits to decolonizing practices while prioritizing solidarity with Indigenous communities in its restorative justice efforts alongside the NV RCMP, West Vancouver Police Department, and Indigenous communities to build trust and healing. With sincere gratitude, our work takes place in and with communities situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded lands of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam Nations. 

Lastly, we condemn anti-Black racism, acknowledge historical power imbalances in its relationships with the NV RCMP, West Vancouver Police Department, and Black community members, and commit to prioritizing advocacy, solidarity, and education to address systemic inequities and work towards achieving restorative justice.