Bullying and Building a Restorative Culture

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Whether in our roles as parents, co-workers, employees, or teachers, many of us are affected by bullying behavior. How do we, as bystanders and supporters, be of help in these situations – and might we set the conditions in motion that make bullying less likely in the first place?

Last week, I was at the playground supervising my daughter when a group of kids tumbled in front of me, two of them seeming to be taking down a third.  My initial ...

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Restorative Justice and Sexualized Violence – New Conversations Emerging

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Last month, I attended the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia’s (EVA BC’s) annual forum, “Supporting Survivors Across the Years.” I have worked alongside the Victim Services sector for almost a decade, so there were many familiar faces. But the conversations have changed. When I introduce myself, saying, “Hi, I’m Catherine and a lot of my focus is on restorative justice,” I am no longer experiencing the faint scowl and slowly backing away (which certainly has been a justifiable ...

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Justice Reform and The Revival of Indigenous Justice in Canada and the United States

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Most people would agree that the criminal justice system needs to change in some way.  The restorative justice (RJ) movement offers an approach to justice reform for both youth and adults that values repair and relationship over punishment and isolation when dealing with the aftermath of crime, and research is showing its positive effects and support for this approach is growing.

Of course, the modern expression of restorative justice owes more than a debt of gratitude to Indigenous justice worldview ...

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Five Ways to See Justice Flourish Over the Holidays and Into the New Year

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Looking forward to a little time to relax and unwind over the holidays?  Great!  Aren’t we all.  And the good news is that this “downtime” can also be a great time to take stock—not just about who’s been naughty and nice, but how YOU can put your best self forward, in your relationships and in the world, for the year ahead.  Because as we all know, when we put our best self forward, we help create a more peaceful, and ...

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