Creative Partnerships & Collaborative Action

 — Oct. 29, 200629 oct. 2006

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The week of November 12-19 will be observed across Canada and around the world as Restorative Justice Week. The theme for 2006 is Creative Partnerships & Collaborative Action. “This theme celebrates the expression of the creativity found within existing partnerships and challenges us to forge new and stronger ones. These new alliances provide an opportunity to introduce restorative justice principles, values, and initiatives to broader cross sections of Canadians.

“Restorative justice endeavours to build a healthier and safer society through the restoration of communities. It addresses the real needs of those impacted by harmful behaviour and empowers community groups. Ultimately, it encourages a commitment to the humanization of justice that allows victims to continue the healing process and offenders to take ownership for the consequences of their actions. Finally, restorative justice demands that the root causes of harmful behaviour be addressed, including the inequities grounded in racism, poverty, child abuse, and substandard living environments.

“Restorative justice is a non-adversarial, non-retributive approach to justice that emphasizes healing in victims, meaningful accountability of offenders, and the involvement of citizens in creating healthier, safer communities. Crime is a violation of people and relationships. Restorative justice works to repair the damage and promote healing and growth – important tools in finding more peaceful and collaborative ways of resolving conflicts in our society. It strives to provide support and opportunities for voluntary participation and communication between those affected – victims, offenders, and community – to encourage accountability, reparation, and movement towards understanding, feelings of satisfaction, healing and closure.”

For further information about Restorative Justice Week and events in your area, see the RJW website provided by the Correctional Service of Canada.

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