This month we are celebrating International Restorative Justice Week!
November 20-26, 2022

Evolving from remembering those who are incarcerated, in 1996, Correctional Service Canada created “Restorative Justice Week“.

It has since been celebrated every year the third week of November in Canada and organically is spreading around the world.

It has now become International Restorative Justice Week!

#RJweek is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness, learn and explore diverse applications of restorative approaches.

Keep reading to learn about…

  • Themes this year include Access & Innovation
  • Events around the world in November & RJ Week
  • Restorative City Vancouver initiative
  • Connecting with us

Access & Innovation

Organizers each year often choose themes for RJ Week.

In Canada, the 2022 National Restorative Justice Symposium chose the theme: ‘Inspiring Innovation: Restorative Justice as a Solution to Systemic Racism and Social Inequality’.

The European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) chose: ‘Access to Restorative Justice‘, noting:

“hundreds of thousands people affected by harm cannot access the benefits of restorative justice for a number of reasons, and we think this should change.”

Read about last year’s focus on victims and those harmed and our blog about diverse applications of RJ (environmental, schools, hate crime, sexual offences) with lots of links to resources.

Peace of the Circle adds our voice to calls for more accessibility and innovation!

We’ve launched a new initiative for Vancouver to become a Restorative City, the first in Canada!

Vancouver & Restorative Justice

Are you living or working in Vancouver? Interested in peacemaking and justice?

Join us for an Introduction to Restorative Justice!

Free online conversation with Dr. Evelyn Zellerer, Coordinator, Restorative Collective Vancouver

November 24, 2022
12:15-1:15 pm PST
Details & Registration


More RJ Events this Month…

There are many events; discover what is going on in your region and perhaps offer something.

Don’t underestimate the power of a conversation!

Below are some of the wonderful events offered from various countries (in chronological order of dates).

 Let us know – what are you doing this RJ Week and beyond?

Zehr logo

Zehr Institute Webinar

Building Restorative Communities 
Guests: Holly Northam (Australia), Paul Nixon (New Zealand), Ivo Aertsen (Belgium), Estelle MacDonald (Hull, UK), Saleem Tariq (Leeds, UK)
Host: Jennifer Llewelyn (Nova Scotia, Canada)

November 16, 2022
12-1:30pm EST

Learn more about this webinar being livestreamed on social media.
The Zehr Institute offers a variety of webinars throughout the year. They are recorded and also available on their website as a fantastic resource.

What is Restorative Justice?

USA National Center on Restorative Justice

A call for 3-minute videos answering the question:”What is restorative justice?”
We require creative and concise ways to communicate to the public.
Open to everyone! Submissions due November 16

USA RJ graphic

Restorative Justice in the Criminal Legal System

Free webinar

November 16, 2022
3:00-4:30 pm EST
Details & Registration

2022 Canadian RJ Symposium

Canadian Restorative Justice Symposium

Virtual Symposium
Over 20 presentations and workshops, as well as listening circles exploring restorative justice, racism, inequity and social change.

November 21-22, 2022
Agenda & Registration

Organized by the Restorative Justice Association of Manitoba (RJAM) with the National Restorative Justice Symposium Planning Committee

European Forum Webinars

European Forum for Restorative Justice Webinars

Inspirational Children’s Books on Restorative Justice
November 21, 2022

Restorative Justice in Cases of Violent Extremism
November 23, 2022

A Journey around Restorative Cities
November 28, 2022

And more in December…

Details & Registration available on the EFRJ website

Brazil Celebrating Restorative Justice Week 

A promoção nacional da Semana Restaurativa 2022
Neste ano está o tema “Pela Justiça Restaurativa na Educação”

The theme this year is Restorative Justice in Education

Visit Círculos em Movimento platform for resources, projects and schedule of events for RJ week November 20-26, 2022 

African Forum Events

African Forum for Restorative Justice Webinars

The African Forum for Restorative Justice (AFRJ) invites everyone to two free online webinars with the theme: “Promoting Peace and Reconciliation through Restorative Justice”.
Guest speakers from Nigeria, EU, UK and USA

November 23 & 24, 2022
Details and zoom links available on AFRJ website

Nepal RJ Conference

Nepal Forum for Restorative Justice Conference

4th Nepal Conference On Restorative Justice
Free, public event in person
Kathmandu, Nepal

The theme is “Reintegration of survivors and victims”

November 25, 2022
Details on NFRJ website and email by November 20 to RSVP

We send our love to all Nepali colleagues we’ve had the joy of working with! Fond memories of the inaugural 1st conference.

Victoria RJ Conference

Vancouver Island Region Restorative Justice Association Conference

Free, virtual conference
“Shifting from Challenge to Opportunity: Transforming Mental Health Challenges in Restorative Justice.”

Presenters Allan Wade, Ph.D and Carol Larsen, BSN, M.Ed.
Organized by VIRRJA

November 26, 2022
Details & Registration


Peace of the Circle is the host organization for the new initiative for Vancouver to become a Restorative City!

An impressive team, Restorative Collective Vancouver, offers diverse voices and wisdom from Indigenous-led organizations, service providers, LGBTQ2S+, Parks & Recreation, housing, policing, community corrections, business associations and more.

City Council passed a motion this year in support of the Collective’s consensus to become a restorative city, the first in Canada.

The Restorative Collective, which is evolving, meets monthly to build relations, learn, vision and collaboratively co-create. Coordinated by Dr Evelyn Zellerer.

We have committed to decolonizing, acknowledging we are on the unceded, traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Our initiative is included in a forthcoming publication, “A journey around restorative cities in the world: A travel guide“, with the EFRJ Working Group on Restorative Cities, being launched at an event on November 28, 2022.

Stay tuned as our exciting, complex journey continues!

Grateful for funding from the City of Vancouver and Civil Forfeiture Crime Prevention and Remediation Grant program, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General BC.

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Peace of the Circle operates from Vancouver, Canada on the unceded, traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are so grateful to work in many places around the world and thank Indigenous Peoples who steward the land and inspire us.