How will they work?

There are 28 workshops for you to choose from over the conference, that will take place in four different time slots; offering 7 workshops in each time slot. You will be required to choose your workshops during registration as some have a maximum capacity.


PLEASE NOTE: There will be no translation services at this year's symposium.

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/ NOV 18 - 10:45 AM /

Problem Solving Courts – Their Role in Restorative Justice

MONDAY, NOV 18, 10:45 AM This panel will reflect on the development of problem-solving courts in Canada and specifically in Alberta. The theory of therapeutic justice behind problem-solving courts will be reviewed and we will examine how that theory lends itself to the concept of restorative justice by its focus on rehabilitation of the offender and its focus on the offender taking responsibility for harm done to the victim in society. Problem-solving courts require engagement and accountability of the offender. They provide the opportunity for the offenders healing and reintegration into a prosocial lifestyle. Victims in various degrees are also given the opportunity to engage in the process. The panel will then discuss the various forms of problem-solving courts in Alberta, which include the Edmonton mental health court, domestic violence courts throughout the province, the drug treatment court and indigenous courts. Judges who sit on these courts will present information on the operation of their respective courts and reflect on their successes and failures. We will give sufficient time for questions and discussion which we believe is important to provide us with suggestions on how these courts can better serve the interests of justice. PRESENTERS Judge Renee R Cochard Re Historical Development of Problem Solving Courts Judge Michelle Collinson for Mental Health Court Judge Donna Groves for Drug Treatment Court Judge Mark Tyndale for Domestic Violence Court Calgary Judge Karen Crowshoe or Judge George Gaschler for the Indigenous Court TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Panel MAIN AUDIENCE: #VictimsServices #JusticeProfessionals #OffenderServices #PolicyandLawMakers RELATED STREAMS: #Inclusion #Empowerment #Reconciliation

A story of relational dissonance and sacred doughnuts: Indigenous Healing in the C.S.C.

MONDAY, NOV 18, 10:00 AM


In our communities, we are continually challenged to reflect on effective responses to the people and events that put us at risk. This presentation examines two distinctly different world-view responses: the colonial, dominant culture and the Indigenous world view. The retributive understanding of the dominant culture applies assumptions about the nature of the world that are vested in colonial, paternal, and punitive processes aimed to extract compliance as a means of deterrence. Conversely, the consensual precepts of Indigenous world view are rooted in community-based practices that require a process of collaboration and cooperation to create integrated relationships that glean responsibility.

This presentation seeks to bring light to bear on the ongoing relational dissonance that exists between the following: the disproportionate representation of men and women of Aboriginal descent held under federal warrant in Canada; the legislated mandate contained within the Canadian Corrections and Conditional Release Act that places successful community reintegration as a primary objective for the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC); and the role, place, and function of Elders who work in CSC reception centres, healing programs, and Pathways Initiatives.

The presentation explores the variables, assumptions, and differing world-views that contribute to the disproportionate representation of incarcerated adults of Aboriginal descent and the challenges that impede successful community reintegration. In order to effectively examine and make sense of the relational dissonance that exists between correctional theory and institutional practice, the talk is driven by a central question: What is the role, place, and function of Elders in the delivery of Indigenous healing programs/healing circles within Canadian federal prisons?

In the end it is hoped that this work reveals to the audience the grass roots practices of Elders working in CSC facilities: practices of decolonizing justice and healing that move assumptions and challenge paternal understanding. Elders and Elder led healing circles have the capacity to peel away relational dissonance, creating space for public policy that sustains consensual understandings of community. We might learn how to recognize a sacred doughnut!

PRESENTERS Robin Quantick TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Panel #Lecture MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #ResearchersandAcademics #JusticeProfessionals RELATED STREAMS: #Transformation

Collaboration and Partnerships that Endure - A Saskatchewan Experience

MONDAY, NOV 18, 10:45 AM

Since 1997, Saskatchewan has offered a Victim-Offender Mediation (VOM) training program for all mediators employed by Extra Judicial Sanctions or Alternative Measures programs within the province, and for independent contract mediators. This has required a partnership between two divisions within the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice, Attorney General: Community Safety and Well Being, and the Dispute Resolution Office (DRO).

We are excited to share with the National Restorative Justice community what has been made possible through this collaborative initiative: An ongoing, regularly scheduled, centralized training program that allows Community Justice Programs to focus on providing other justice worker training. This also enables the programs to focus on training regarding regional issues and need.

We will give a brief overview of topics covered in the Victim-Offender Mediation Training, and will share info utilizing Role Playing. These are the most effective way of having all participants “try on” new skills in a safe place, receive feedback, and try again.

In 2018/19, a provincial roll-out of “Victim Engagement Training” occurred through this partnership. This was a series of 2-day sessions offered regionally across the province (again for all program and contracted mediators). Participants will hear a brief overview of this initiative as well.

PRESENTERS Dawn Rossignol, Robin Freemont, Greg Nelson TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Groupdiscussion #Lecture MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #victimservices #JusticeProfessionals #OffenderServices RELATED STREAMS: #skillbased

A Canadian Listening project for Victims of Crime: What Restorative Justice needs to know about how it is and isn’t meeting Victim needs

MONDAY, NOV 18, 10:45 AM Join us to explore the essential insights of a recent ground breaking initiative in Canada: A National Listening Project on crime victims’ experiences of restorative justice.The philosophy of restorative justice is grounded in a commitment to attending to the needs and experiences of crime victims and survivors. Yet, restorative justice practices have not always lived up to their promise for victims over the past four decades of expansion within the Canadian criminal justice system. The Listening Project, which was conducted across Canada from February-April of 2019, was founded on a belief that a key step in the growth of restorative approaches is for systemic and community-based proponents of restorative justice to listen carefully to the voices and perspectives of victims/survivors and victim service providers, and to take these perspectives seriously in future policy and program design. In partnership with the Department of Justice Canada, the Listening Project was facilitated by the independent research and consulting organization, Just Outcomes. In this workshop, Just Outcomes project leaders will present on the project’s findings and lead a discussion on their implications for the restorative justice movement in Canada. PRESENTERS Catherine Bargen & Aaron Lyons TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Groupdiscussion #Lecture MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #victimservices #researchersandacademics RELATED STREAMS: #inclusion #empowerment

Restorative Transformation: Circle with Keyano College

MONDAY, NOV 18, 10:45 AM

Keyano College is located in Wood Buffalo, Alberta; the Clearwater Campus sits on a flood plain. Before the Horse River Wildfire, the largest recorded natural disaster in Canadian history, much of downtown Fort McMurray, including Keyano College, had been under water. Today, some three-plus years away from a fiery day of heroic evacuations and welcoming receptions, Keyano and the communities it serves still seek to rebuild, grow more resiliency, and heal. Within those periods of natural calamity, there was also dramatic change in leadership, workforce commitment and performance in Wood Buffalo and at Keyano. The challenges of a super-heated marketplace were dramatically changed as the soot settled. The price of oil had plummeted. The global energy market delivered a terrible economic blow. The already demoralized and traumatized Wood Buffalo communities, and their one college, were plunged into an economic recession. Cuts, lay-offs, project cancellations and downsizing were the tools used to balance budgets and insure revenues. Workplace harm became widespread.

Recognizing we had been plunged into an epoch of environmental, economic and workplace harm, Keyano commenced its restorative journey in July of 2018. Why make this choice and how? Prior to June of 2018, Keyano’s Board of Governors had undertaken extensive stakeholder consultations on what the demeanor, skills and abilities of the next President & CEO would be. A repeated requirement from all stakeholders was that they wanted to be listened to.

This will be a group discussion, specifically a talking circle (s), originating with the story of Keyano College’s utilization of restorative discourse to collectively define its purpose, to self-consciously to live its intention, to commit to achieving meaningful engagement, and to anticipate celebration.

PRESENTERS Dr. Trent Keough and Suzie Johnson TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Groupdiscussion MAIN AUDIENCE: #educatorsandadministrators RELATED STREAMS: #inclusion #empowerment

Youth Justice: A Restorative Journey from Panels to Peacemaking Circles

MONDAY, NOV 18, 10:45 AM

This workshop will discuss Edmonton Youth Justice Committee (EYJC) and its journey shifting from Panels to Peacemaking Circles. We will be discussing the challenges experienced during the implementation process and achievements as a result of the transition. The transition away from panels has shifted the focus on the harms caused versus the rules that were broken. This allows for a deeper understanding of the root causes for the crime committed. This deeper level of understanding has also allowed for sanctions, including placements for youth to do their community service hours, to be more therapeutic in nature allowing for greater learning.

The Peacemaking Circle process allows for young people who have caused harm to come together with those affected by the harm caused. Youth supports, community stakeholders, and EYJC volunteers come together to discuss the harm, how it affected everyone involved and create an agreement for the youth to make amends. The process to move from panels to Peacemaking circles was intentional and started at the Board level. A specific EYJC Sentencing Circle was developed, which all EYJC staff and volunteers were trained in. Following training, volunteers and staff had the opportunity for modeling and coaching in order to develop the practise and have confidence facilitating the process as a Circle Keeper.

This workshop offers perspectives from the EYJC Board member Mychaela Risling, Circle Keeper and Trainer Mandy Halabi, and a volunteer Deborah Fehr, who have all seen the transition from panel to circle. The workshop will include a dialog about this transition and some of the organizational impacts at all levels

PRESENTERS Deborah Fehr, Mychaela Risling & Mandy Halabi TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Lecture #GroupDiscussion MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #Family/Community #OffenderServices #VictimsServices RELATED STREAMS: #Transformation #Empowerment #Skillsbased

The first program of Restorative Justice for adults in Quebec; experimentation and research results

MONDAY, NOV 18, 10:45 AM

The program started September 1, 2017 and ended March 31, 2019. The goal is to extend this program across the province of Quebec by 2023.

Session objectives: Share the positives results of the program.The implication of this fundamental change for the traditional justice system and everyone's concern. We will also discuss the victim's role at the beginning of the program and during the program.

PRESENTERS Audrey Turmel & Serge Charbonneau TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Lecture MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #JusticeProfessionals #VictimsServices RELATED STREAMS: #skillsbased

/ NOV 18 - 1:00 PM /

What Restorative Justice work has Canada done internationally with the UN

MONDAY, NOV 18, 1:00 PM

This information session will describe the role Canada has played internationally with the policymaking body of the United Nations in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. In partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Canada has led international efforts to promote the use of RJ.

Canada has advanced two resolutions on RJ (2016 and 2018), provided funding and partnered with the UN to organize and facilitate an UN expert group meeting on RJ that took place in Ottawa in 2017. In 2019, another meeting of international experts was held in Bangkok, to review and edit the updated draft of the UNODC Handbook on Restorative Justice Programmes, first published in 2006.

Marilou Reeve, Jee Aei (Jamie) Lee, and Yvon Dandurand will describe work that has occurred over the past several years that is relevant to the development of RJ in Canada.

PRESENTERS Marilou Reeve, Jee Aei Lee & Yvon Dandurand TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Lecture MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #ResearchersandAcademics #Justiceprofessionals #PolicyandLawmakers RELATED STREAMS: #skillbased

How Brazil is Implementing RJ through Collaboration: government institutions, judiciary, community and international partnerships. A story of resilience.

MONDAY, NOV 18, 1:00 PM

Brazil began its journey in implementing Restorative Justice practices nearly 20 years ago through community initiatives within civil society and also via the Judiciary by means of three pilot projects in three jurisdictions of the country. Since then, Brazil has seen a multiplication of diverse initiatives nationwide, involving the judiciary, magistrates’ associations, public prosecutors, community-based groups, prisons, youth detention centers, schools and universities and indigenous communities. More importantly, public policy and a national resolution on the implementation of RJ in the judiciary and in the public prosecution office been established in this short time frame, which has been an important step to legitimize RJ practices in Brazil. Canada has been a part of this trajectory for nearly 10 years. At this workshop you will learn more about the Brazilian experience of implementing RJ, the challenges that were faced and how these difficulties were surpassed with the judiciary, public prosecutors and government institutions working collaboratively with schools, civil society, international organizations and countries such as Canada to ensure the growth, multiplication and strengthening of RJ programs.

Following the workshop, please join the Brazilian delegation for dinner to continue the discussion and maybe even forge some partnerships Brazil-Canada!!


Celia Passos – Trainer and Facilitator in RJ (Rio de Janeiro)

Danielle de Guimarães Germano Arlé – Prosecutor (Minas Gerais State Public Prosecutor’s Office)

Josiane Caleffi Estivalet – Judge (Rio Grande do Sul State Tribunal de Justice (TJRS))

Laryssa Angelica Copack Muniz – Judge (Paraná State Tribunal of Justice (TJPR))

Marcelo Salmaso - Judge (São Paulo State Tribunal of Justice (TJSP))

Rodrigo Rodrigues Dias (Paraná State Tribunal of Justice (TJPR))

To read the Brazilian Delegation's Bios click here

Moderated By : Dr. Dorothy Vaandering TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Lecture #GroupDiscussion MAIN AUDIENCE: #ResearchersandAcademics #Justiceprofessionals # Family/Community #PolicyandLawmakers RELATED STREAMS: #Transformation

A victim centered approach to Restorative Justice – is your program really victim centered?

MONDAY, NOV 18, 1:00 PM

Restorative justice grounds itself as being a practice that is relational, providing those directly impacted by a criminal office with the opportunity to be active participants in the process of addressing the harms that resulted from the offending behaviour. Victims and survivors of crime are one of the key stakeholders in restorative justice.

Many of the central concerns for victims participating in restorative justice initiatives include the risk of re-victimization or secondary victimization, pressure to participate, safety and confidentiality. Another key concern is that restorative justice often viewed as an offender focused process.

Victim centredness is a key element that restorative programs promote. But what does victim centredness look like and is your program really victim centred?

Using her lived experience and background as a victim support worker and victim advocate, Celine will walk workshop participants through the principles of victim centredness. Using an interactive approach, participants will learn tips for creating a more victim centred approach in delivering restorative justice initiatives.

PRESENTERS Celine Lee TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Lecture MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #JusticeProfessionals #OffenderServices RELATED STREAMS: #VictimsFocused #Skillsbased #Inclusion

The Tale of Two Approaches to Implementing and Sustaining the Restorative Framework in Ontario Schools

MONDAY, NOV 18, 1:00 PM

During our session, we will explore the question, how will we know whether the cultural shift to a restorative school and the infrastructure for sustainability is in place? IIRP Canada has been working in schools for over 20 years. During that time, our non profit organization has collaborated with numerous school boards to develop implementation models that nurture a restorative culture and embed proactive and responsive approaches to build caring and just school communities. This session will highlight two distinct models form our Ontario experience, consider the educational policy, context and draw comparisons about the implementation process, the costs, and results. The challenges and opportunities each model affords will be illustrated through data and video testimonials. In the spirit of the restorative movement, we will share materials that we have developed and to guide our work and we always welcome feedback from others in the field. We invite participants to join us in our learning journey.

PRESENTERS Pamela Buttery & Patricia Lewis TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #GroupDiscussion MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #Family/Community #EducatorsandSchoolAdministrators RELATED STREAMS: #Transformation

Exploring the use of restorative justice (RJ) practices with accused/offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

MONDAY, NOV 18, 1:00 PM

The presentation will focus on the findings from a research project that involved five case studies of community approaches to using RJ practices with accused/offenders with diagnosed or suspected FASD in the criminal justice system.

PRESENTERS Jane Evans and Richard Gill TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Lecture MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #ResearchersandAcademics #JusticeProfessionals RELATED STREAMS: #Inclusion

Wall Walk (Huri Whakamuri, Haere ki mua) Turning to the Past to Seek a Way Forward

MONDAY, NOV 18, 1:00 PM

The many social injustices experienced by indigenous through the process of colonisation, urbanization and integration, have resulted in individual and institutional discrimination that perpetuate, if not exacerbate, over representation within the criminal justice system. Understanding and acknowledging this and recognizing the impact this has on indigenous is crucial.

PRESENTERS Simon Kairau TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Skillsbased MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #CulturallyBasedPractitioners #OffenderServices RELATED STREAMS: #SkillsBased

Continued Conversation on Restorative Perspectives from a Retired Judge

MONDAY, NOV 18, 1:00 PM

This will be a continuation of his keynote address, giving opportunity for interaction and conversation.

PRESENTERS John Reilly TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #GroupDiscussion MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #Family/Community #EducatorsandSchoolAdministrators RELATED STREAMS: #Transformation

/ NOV 18 - 2:45 PM /

RJ in a courtroom - What can we learn from the South African TRC and from New Zealand?

MONDAY, NOV 18, 2:45 PM

My thesis is that it is time for us judges to apply restorative justice principles directly in the courtroom. Inspired by the South African Truth Commission, I strongly recommend that we motivate defendants with the prospect of a lower sentence or probation if they take full responsibility for their acts in a courtroom. So much healing can take place if perpetrators apologized to the victims already in courtrooms. In my presentation I would like to shed more light on the background of the South African Truth Commission and highlight what we can learn from it for our ordinary court sessions. In addition, I examine what we can learn from the special Youth Courts in New Zealand for young Maori or Pacific Island defendants where elders are directly involved and the defendants are encouraged to make better decisions and take a positive path. Even in the setting of an ordinary court setting, it is not about punishment, but about making good the act and learning from the mistakes made. And it works. I consider it very important that we judges use our power and authority to strengthen humanity, peace, reconciliation and compassion. It is not about power over, it is about power within

PRESENTERS Clivia vonDewitz TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Lecture MAIN AUDIENCE: #ResearchersandAcademics #Justiceprofessionals #PolicyandLawmakers RELATED STREAMS: #skillbased #Reconciliation #Transformation

Between the Heart and the Head- Restorative Justice in Canada's Western Arctic

MONDAY, NOV 18, 2:45 PM

In Canada's western Arctic and High Arctic communities, restorative justice through the Northwest Territories (NWT) Diversion program has to meet unique needs on the lands of the Inuvialuit and Gwich’in peoples. Addictions, mental health challenges, and historical traumas all create a tangle that can make it very difficult to engage individuals. We will be discussing and then applying how the use of trauma informed practice, recreational therapy, and working to remove shame are key to restorative justice processes in the NWT. Exploring these components through the lens of the community of Inuvik may offer insights that can be applied anywhere, allowing space for change in the lives of people who need it most.

PRESENTERS Kelsey Millar TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #GroupDiscussion MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #CulturallyBasedPractitioners #OffenderServices #Family/Community RELATED STREAMS: #Transformation #Empowerment #Indigenous

Changing Lenses across the domains of Restorative Justice: Findings from an International Review

MONDAY, NOV 18, 2:45 PM

This international review aimed to deepen the relational ecology of restorative justice through expanding the understanding of the practice of restorative justice through a continuum of crime preventions and public safety lenses. This framework builds on Zehr’s (1990) Changing Lenses, that set the stage for a paradigm shift for being responsive to the needs of victims, offenders and communities 25 years ago. This iconic text is a testimonial to the power of metaphor to capture our imagination and change the landscape of justice. This review and methodology develops a pluralistic lens to deepen the relational ecology of the practice of restorative justice across the domains of community, police, courts, corrections and Indigenous peoples. Finding will be presented and discussed. Building on this review, a new on-line international resource will be also be presented and discussed.

The aim of this presentation is to make it fun and informative, grounding the research in the wider literature of RJ and supporting further research and development.

PRESENTERS Brenda Morrison, Tania Arvanitidis & Krystal Glowatski TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Lecture MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #ResearchersandAcademics #JusticeProfessionals #Family/Community RELATED STREAMS: #Transformation

Who’s Driving the RJ Bus? Hitting Speedbumps South of the Border

MONDAY, NOV 18, 2:45 PM

Join restorative justice specialists and Just Outcomes co-founders Matthew Hartman and Aaron Lyons in exploring key lessons on race, privilege, and equity in movement-building efforts in the United States. Participants will hear what assumptions were made going into a three-year project to support the restorative justice movement in Oregon, how those assumptions shaped a flawed theory of change, and how Just Outcomes has responded.

Together we will explore issues of inequity in the RJ movement, restorative justice standards from an equity lens, the value of “speedbumps” in our collective movement-building work, and how these lessons may apply in the Canadian context.

PRESENTERS Aaron Lyons & Matthew Hartman TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Lecture MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners RELATED STREAMS: #Transformation

Restorative Resolutions of Academic Misconduct in a Post secondary Setting

MONDAY, NOV 18, 2:45 PM

At least since UNESCO’s World Conference on Higher Education in 1998 and the resulting “World Declaration on Higher Education for the Twenty-First Century: Mission and Action,” there has been a “strong movement toward reinvigorating higher education’s civic and democratic mission” (Stephens et al., 2000, p. 1). In line with this movement, post-secondary institutions have made fostering civic responsibility, engaged citizenship, and ethical decision making in students a priority (Boyte, 2015; Jorgensen & Shultz, 2012). Consequently, student success and experiential learning applies not only to purely academic goals, but to citizenship education, as described above.

There is a growing body of evidence showing that Restorative Practices (RP) promote student success by affording experiential learning opportunities in areas related to moral development, emotional intelligence, and engaged citizenship. For instance, Karp and Sacks (2014) compared restorative approaches to misconduct (including academic misconduct) with traditional approaches (“model code approaches”). In their analysis of 659 student conduct cases, they found that “restorative justice practices were routinely found to have a greater impact on student learning than model code hearings” (p. 154). Specifically, they provide solid empirical evidence that RP promotes student success through experiential learning in six specific learning outcomes tied to student conduct and development theory (Karp & Sacks, 2014).

In light of these developments, MacEwan University’s Academic Integrity Policy and Academic Misconduct Procedure have recently been revised to include the possibility of alternative resolutions of academic misconduct, based on the principles and practices of restorative justice and restorative practice. In the proposed presentation, we describe MacEwan University’s approach, concrete details of its implementation, and participants' impressions on its effectiveness

PRESENTERS Paul Sopcak & Kevin Hood TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Lecture MAIN AUDIENCE: #ResearchersandAcademics #PolicyandLawMakers #EducatorsandSchoolAdministrators RELATED STREAMS: #Transformation #SkillsBased

Sexualized Violence: RJ Practice Considerations

MONDAY, NOV 18, 2:45 PM

Effective justice responses to sexualized violence have proven elusive to date. Many survivor/victims decide that the high risk of re-traumatization through a trial process, combined with little hope of securing a conviction, rules out the criminal justice system as an option for pursuing justice. In the meantime, the #MeToo movement, has supported a strategy of publicly naming uncharged offenders, in the hopes of achieving a just outcome for survivors. Meanwhile, there has recently been an upsurge of interest in RJ as a possible response to cases of sexualized violence.

Many willing RJ programs lack the capacity to work effectively with survivor/victims and offenders in these cases. Good intentions are not the same thing as knowledge, training, and ability. This gap between willingness and ability means that most RJ programs do not (and should not) accept referrals in this area. While this gap can be bridged, it would require, at a minimum, that RJ programs and practitioners be open to doing their work differently.

Alan Edwards and Jennifer Haslett have worked on dozens of cases of sexualized violence. In this workshop, they will highlight some of the research written about RJ and sexualized violence and share learnings from their RJ practice.

PRESENTERS Alan Edwards & Jennifer Haslett TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Lecture MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #VictimsServices #PolicyandLawMakers RELATED STREAMS: #Empowerment

Fire Circle Reconciliation

TUESDAY, NOV 18, 2:45 PM

We believe that every human being has the capacity to contribute to peaceful coexistence through personal choices informed by compassion, integrity, respect, acceptance and forgiveness. Values such as these are fed through education, knowledge-building, and training, and form the basis of many indigenous conflict resolution processes in collectivist societies.

Fire Circle Reconciliation has been designed to address the root causes of conflict in post conflict healing & reconciliation as well as contemporary societal situations.

In this highly interactive session, we will reproduce a typical fire circle reconciliation. We will introduce a particular conflict situation and give each participant a role to play in the process. As a highly inclusive process, the facilitators will encourage all parties to have their say as to the perceived problem, and how to transform it. The participants will then be guided to come up with a solution that will be both effective and acceptable to all parties involved. This result comes by encouraging participants to engage in respectful dialogue with one another throughout the process.

This process relies heavily on the inclusion of all parties, respectful dialogue, reconciliation between all parties, as well as transformation of the original conflict that meets the needs of all.

PRESENTERS Janyce Konkin, Karen Huggins and Augustino Lucano TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #SkillsBased MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #CulturallyBasedPractitioners #Family/Community RELATED STREAMS: #Tranformation #Inclusion #Reconciliation

/ NOV 19 - 8:30 AM /

Educating for Change: Honouring the voices of Restorative Justice Participants in BC

TUESDAY, NOV 19, 8:30 AM

Dr. Alana Abramson from Kwantlen Polytechnic University was a recipient of a 2017/2018 grant from the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General and Office of Crime Reduction and Gang Prevention to research restorative justice in BC. Experiences from people who had participated in restorative justice, including facilitators, victims, offenders or support persons were collected. With the purpose of specifically considering serious crime (i.e. involving violence, sexualized violence, etc.) the presence of multiple offenders, power imbalances, mental health and/or substance misuse, or issues that have occurred within families, the types of cases included are under researched in this field. Themes found in the final report will be presented with a focus on recommendations to researchers, academics and restorative justice practitioners and the application of promising practices for restorative justice.

PRESENTERS Dr. Alana Abramson and Jenelle Palfreyman TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Lecture MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #ResearchersandAcademics #Justiceprofessionals #PolicyandLawmakers RELATED STREAMS: #Empowerment #Tranformation #VictimsFocused

Beyond the Bridge - Diversity, Inclusion & Equity in Restorative Justice Spaces

MONDAY, NOV 19, 8:30 AM

This session offers an overview of intersectionality & anti-oppression framework and principles, and explores how they can be applied in restorative justice processes, with an emphasis on the role of facilitators in creating inclusive, safe, and respectful spaces for dialogue about stereotypes, power, & privilege.

PRESENTERS Christianne Paras & Stacey Alderwick TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #GroupDiscussion MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #VictimsServices #OffenderServices #EducatorsandSchoolAdministrators RELATED STREAMS: #Transformation #Inclusion

Corrections to Community - An Indigenous Reintegration and Healing Program

TUESDAY, NOV 19, 8:30 AM

The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI’s Indigenous Justice Program received funding from the Indigenous Community Corrections Initiative to develop an Indigenous Reintegration and Healing Program. The aim of the program is to ensure that Indigenous offenders being released from incarceration, continue to have culturally relevant programming and supports in place while at their most vulnerable, in order to prevent them from reoffending. Restorative justice processes, such as a traditional reintegration circles, which includes both the offender and community will be vital to address the concerns, priorities and unique circumstances of the Indigenous offender and the community.

Additionally, the program will be using other traditional and spiritual healing methods, such as storytelling, sacred circles, sacred medicines, drumming, dancing and ceremonies as part of the program. Incorporating traditional ceremony and learning the history of colonization will play a vital role in the healing process. The legacy of Residential Schools and intergenerational trauma will be discussed and its impact on Indigenous culture, education, employment, mental health and addictions.

Learn how restorative justice can offer opportunities for healing and forgiveness for Indigenous people in the Criminal Justice System and how it can lead to a positive transformation of people, relationships and communities.

PRESENTERS Lori St. Onge & Aleida Tweten TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #GroupDiscussion MAIN AUDIENCE: #CulturallyBasedPractitioners #Family/Community #OffenderServices RELATED STREAMS: #Reconciliation #Tranformation

From Brazil to Canada and back again—the gift of Paulo Freire for RJ

TUESDAY, NOV 19, 8:30 AM

For years, with the support of the Canadian Consulate, Canadians have travelled to Brazil to encourage and inform the development of rj in that country. At this conference, Brazil comes to Canada to return the gift. In this presentation, Passos (from Brazil) and Vaandering (from Canada) share how the work of Brazilian education theorist Paulo Freire has brought them together, strengthening and challenging them to recognize rj as a means for reflecting critically on the potential for power and privilege to undermine the voice of the marginalized. As both Brazil and Canada consider the institutionalization of rj in all aspects of society from Education to Community to Corrections, Freire’s call to become more fully human through dialogic encounters that increase our consciousness must be heard and applied to ensure that the intention of rj is upheld. Souto-Manning (2010) cuts to the core when she states: “Change on the institutional level takes time and must start from those involved. If Freire had proposed a program to end all kinds of injustice, imposing his own solutions, he would have added only one more layer of institutional oppression, imposing his proposed solutions on the lives of others” (p. 44).

Participate in this workshop/discussion to learn about and consider your understanding and practice of rj through the critical lens Paulo Freire provides—an intersection of Brazilian and Canadian experience

PRESENTERS Dr. Dorothy Vaandering & Dr. Celia Passos TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Lecture #GroupDiscussion MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #ResearchersandAcademics #JusticeProfessionals #EducatorsandSchoolAdministrators RELATED STREAMS: #Inclusion #Tranformation #Empowerment

Encountering 'The Other': Victim Offender Dialogue in Serious Crime.

TUESDAY, NOV 19, 8:30 AM

In this session, Dave Gustafson, a Restorative Justice Practitioner for 30 years, will present the findings of his doctoral research recently completed at the Faculty of Law at KULeuven, Belgium. The study investigated 25 cases referred to the Victim Offender Mediation Program (VOMP) in which trauma survivors and the prisoners who had harmed them met in face-to-face dialogues in Canadian Prisons in the Pacific Region. This study sought to answer the primary research question: "What are the major impacts and outcomes of facilitating dialogue encounters between victims and offenders in crimes involving severe violence?"

The sub-set research questions examine the themes which surfaced in the data: Participants’ experience of: 1. Empowerment through the process; 2. Impact on Offenders’ Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) history; 3. Growth of victim empathy; 4. Trauma recovery and resilience; 5. Offender Desistence and 6. Unanticipated Outcomes for both victims and offenders.

The significance of this study is that it advances research about the use of restorative justice in serious crime, addressing some of the most controversial issues regarding the use of restorative justice in crimes of severe violence, including: domestic violence, sexual assault, and situations of disproportionate power involving adult offenders and child victims. Finally, recommendations are made regarding how the findings of this study might impact policy and practice, and suggestions are provided regarding future research projects.

A significant span of time will be reserved for dialogue and question and answer toward the end of the presentation

PRESENTERS Dr. Dave Gustafson TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Lecture MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #ResearchersandAcademics #VictimsServices #CulturallyBasedPractitioners RELATED STREAMS: #Reconciliation #Tranformation #Empowerment

A school district environmental scan of RJE: Findings, Connections and Directions

TUESDAY, NOV 19, 8:30 AM

The purpose of the Environmental Scan was to explore the potential of RJE to add value to the relational ecologies of schools within the District in order to inform further strategic planning for implementation and development, as to provide a framework for the development of a long-term action research and tools for a continuous evaluation of the program impact. The main objectives were to build the understanding of the following:

• How School Initiative impacts relational ecologies of the schools

• Program fit within the School District agenda

• Leadership vision and embodiment of RJ philosophy and practices

• Areas of challenges and required support with RJ initiatives

• What does the existing data on students’ school experiences, connectedness and

social-emotional wellbeing tells us

• Findings, connections and directions will be discussed.

The aim of this presentation is to make it fun and informative, grounding the research in the wider literature of RJE and the lived experience of the school district and participants.

PRESENTERS Brenda Morrison & Sioned Dyer TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Lecture MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #ResearchersandAcademics #Family/Community #EducatorsandSchoolAdministrators RELATED STREAMS: #Tranformation

Audrey's Story and the Ontario Family Information Liaison Unit

TUESDAY, NOV 19, 8:30 AM

Audrey’s’ Story is the story of a young Indigenous woman who was found deceased in northwest Ontario. At the time the Ontario Provincial police deemed the death an accident – stating that she had fallen out of a car. For forty-seven years, Audrey’s family wondered about the circumstances of her death and about the rigor of the investigation. After the family accessed services of the Ontario Family Information Liaison Unit (FILU), the cause of Audrey’s death was subsequently reclassified to ‘undetermined’ by the Chief Coroner of Ontario and the investigation was reopened.

The workshop presentation will share information about steps taken to develop and implement the Ontario FILU, which is informed by Indigenous philosophies, teachings and methodology. FILU was set up in each province and territory to complement the National Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) by providing support to families of MMIWG. Ontario’s FILU is known across Canada as a promising practice for its unique model of delivery that works across systems, including the police, Coroner’s Office, crown prosecution and Children’s Aid Societies, to deliver information for families of MMIWG. It was developed with a ‘family first approach’ and great care is taken to ensure trauma informed, culturally responsive services are delivered. Families meet in a circle with representatives of different institutions and can ask questions about the circumstances of their Loved Ones who are still missing or have died. These Family Circles incorporate elements of Indigenous restorative justice and provide a voice for the families of MMIWG. This workshop will include a screening of a short documentary created about Audrey’s Story and the role of the Ontario FILU in supporting Audrey’s family to gather missing information about her death.

PRESENTERS Terry Swan TYPE OF PRESENTATION: #Panel #Lecture MAIN AUDIENCE: #RJPractitioners #VictimsServices #CulturallyBasedPractitioners #Family/Community RELATED STREAMS: #Tranformation #Indigenous #Reconciliation

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