Overview of the CRJC

Vision

Every Canadian can access RJ programs and services to address a wide range of harms.

Mission

The CRJC promotes RJ at the national level and supports RJ practitioners, programs, agencies, and networks/associations

Values

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  • Transformation
  • Courage
  • Creativity
  • Respect
  • Accountability
  • Leadership

Principals

  • Embrace RJ values, ideas, practices and language in its processes, structures, actions and communications.
  • Respect the autonomy of local, regional and provincial/territorial RJ programs.
  • Work collaboratively across geographic areas with relevant organizations/systems whenever possible.
  • Listen to the stories, views and experiences of its members and others.
  • Reflect on its own actions and experiences and consider whether they are congruent with restorative values and how they support RJ.
  • Be open to suggestions and challenges and be willing to work through difficult issues.
  • Attend to the research evidence concerning RJ programs and practices.

Structure

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The CRJC will be incorporated as a national, charitable non-profit organization with a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will include individual members and organizational members (which can include regional RJ groups).

The Board will strive to ensure that there is a high level of diversity among Board members, including geographic regions across Canada; gender; age; ethnic and cultural groups; program origin; and program/client focus. The Board of Directors will be a volunteer “working board” that provides leadership and direction as well as coordinating and undertaking tasks and activities. The Board will be assisted by committees of volunteers. A coordinator will assist the Board and committees, coordinate activities as required, and undertake administrative tasks.

The Board of Directors will be a volunteer “working board” that provides leadership and direction as well as coordinating and undertaking tasks and activities. The Board will be assisted by committees of volunteers.

A coordinator will assist the Board and committees, coordinate activities as required, and undertake administrative tasks.

Membership

Individual Member

RJ practitioners, academics, students, RJ advocates and members of the public who support RJ.

Regional RJ Group Member

Regional, provincial and territorial RJ networks and associations.

Organizational Member

Agencies that deliver RJ services, are involved in teaching RJ, or support RJ in other ways.

Associate Member

Those who wish to support the CRJC and stay informed about its work.

Goals

Strengthen RJ networks, associations, agencies and programs in a range of sectors at the national, provincial/territorial and local levels.

  • Facilitate opportunities for RJ practitioners to enhance their skills.
  • Support opportunities for RJ practitioners, academics, and others to network and exchange knowledge.
  • Enable RJ practitioners to have dialogues about critical and emerging issues in the RJ field.

dialogue and public education about RJ.

  • Enable RJ practitioners to have dialogues about critical and emerging issues in the RJ field.
  • Reach out to groups and individuals who are sometimes disconnected from RJ, such as victims, Aboriginal peoples, and ethnic/cultural groups.
  • Support education about RJ among children and youth.

Advocate to federal, provincial/territorial, municipal governments, and others about access to RJ for all Canadians.

  • Increase the awareness and knowledge of government officials and others about RJ.
  • Increase government and community use of and support for RJ in all contexts.

Activities

  • Circulate information about training opportunities.
  • Facilitate training and networking opportunities, such as workshops, retreats and conferences.
  • Circulate information about academic programs on RJ and related topics.
  • Assist RJ practitioners to develop mentoring relationships and provide peer support to each other.
  • Facilitate dialogues among RJ practitioners about the theory and practice of RJ.
  • Collect and circulate information about new programs and research, promising practices, standards, and ethics in the RJ field.
  • Implement a media campaign about RJ.
  • Facilitate online web sessions.
  • Collect and circulate research, stories, and information about RJ programs and practices and RJ in general.
  • Meet with groups and organizations to discuss the issues that affect them and any concerns or views they have about RJ, and find ways to address their concerns if possible.
  • Connect with groups and individuals in a range of sectors who want to explore ways to resolve conflicts and address harms.
  • Undertake a public advocacy campaign about RJ.
  • Develop and implement a communications plan.
  • Facilitate opportunities for RJ groups to meet with relevant government officials.
  • Support research and evidence-based decision making about RJ.
  • Establish and maintain links with national RJ organizations in other countries.

Products

  • Directory of RJ programs.
  • Directory of academic programs about RJ and related fields.
  • List of practitioners who are willing to be involved in mentoring and peer support relationships.
  • Newsletter.
  • Library of RJ-related resources that includes research, statistics, stories and other materials.
  • Collection of communications and public education tools, such as PowerPoint presentations and links to YouTube videos.
  • CRJC blog site.
  • CRJC Facebook page.
  • CRJC Twitter account.
  • Sample petitions and letters to elected officials.
  • Inventory of demonstration projects and research papers.
 
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