Restorative City Vancouver

diverse voices & wisdom working together

 

We acknowledge with gratitude that we are living and working on the unceded, traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations

Vancouver is becoming a Restorative City – the First in Canada!

A Restorative City expands beyond legal systems to implement restorative values, principles and practices across multiple spaces and sectors – neighbourhoods, schools, parks, housing, policing, governance and more.

A Restorative City addresses all forms of conflict, harm and oppression, and offers healing. We aim to create safety, healthy people, strong communities in vibrant, socially just environments.

It leads us toward a more interconnected city that is invested in uplifting the humanity of all people and creating respectful relations with each other as well as with the animals, land and water.

Vancouver is the first in Canada to commit to becoming a restorative city!

We are gaining international attention and Vancouver is featured in a publication about 10 cities: “A journey around restorative cities in the world: a travel guide” (European Forum for Restorative Justice, 2023).

The Coordinating Team and Restorative Collective Vancouver are currently writing our Restorative City Framework. We offer below our preliminary vision captured by Indigenous graphic recorder Michelle Buchholz.

Restorative Collective Vancouver

Peace of the Circle has brought together an unprecedented, impressive team of diverse voices and wisdom from Indigenous-led organizations, service providers, schools, parks & recreation, policing, courts, corrections, business associations and more. This Restorative Collective Vancouver has representatives from over 30 organizations, and continues to evolve and grow.

We are creating a relational, holistic, decolonizing approach to conflict, harm and crime. Vancouver faces multiple crises and we are collaboratively moving toward healing, safety, justice and peace.

Read highlights of our journey in 2023 and highlights of 2022 in our blog posts.

Peace of the Circle is proud to be the host coordinating organization, with Director Dr. Evelyn Zellerer and a small yet mighty amazing team!


With preliminary funding from the City of Vancouver and Civil Forfeiture Grant program, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General BC.

The Collective thus far includes representatives from the following:

Aboriginal Community Policing Centre
Atira Women’s Resource Society
BC Community Response Networks
BIA Partnership Safety Committee (22 BIAs)
City of Vancouver
Coastal Health
Community Courts
Corrections
Elizabeth Fry Society
Federal Crown Counsel
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House
Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre
Living Interfaith Sanctuary

Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC)
Members of the Legislative Assembly
Members of Parliament
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Victim Services & Crime Prevention
Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
Protect Our Indigenous Sisters Society
Salal – Sexual Violence Support Centre (previously WAVAW)
South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
Strathcona Community Safety Association

səl̓ilwətaɁɬ – Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw – Squamish Nation
Society for Children and Youth of BC
Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA)
Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Services Society (VATJSS)
Vancouver Parks and Recreation
Vancouver Police Department
Vancouver School District
Victim Services
Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative
Youth Justice, Ministry of Children & Family Development

The Collective reached a consensus to work toward becoming a Restorative City

City Council passed the motion (2022) to:

  • endorse the aspiration of Vancouver becoming a Restorative City
  • create training opportunities
  • commit to having a Council representative participate in the Restorative Collective Vancouver
  • allocate funding

Copy of the motion passed

Our Restorative Collective Shared Values

Respect

Compassion

Love

Authenticity

Honesty

Integrity

Trust

Diversity

Open-minded

Curiosity

Listening

Learning

Collaboration

Accountability

Wisdom

Humility

Self-Aware

Self-Reflective

Strength-based

Empowerment

Interconnectedness, Relational

News of our Journey thus far…

Highlights & Invites – April 2021

Highlights & Invites – April 2021

We're busier than we've ever been! Seems the world is ready for greater peace and possibilities. Check out our highlights and invites. “I spend a lot of time in zoom meetings. This is something so different.” - Virtual Circle Participant   Coaching, Facilitating...

Highlights 2020 & Resources

Highlights 2020 & Resources

Wow 2020 was a year of surprises, challenges, reckonings and opportunities. At Peace of the Circle, we had a very active year! Offering you highlights as well as inspiration and resources. And acknowledging our wonderful hosts and partners. Grateful to connect with...

International Restorative Justice Week 2020

International Restorative Justice Week 2020

Are you ready for International Restorative Justice Week? From it's humble beginnings in the 1970s in England, to Canada redefining and expanding it into Restorative Justice Week in the 1990s, this yearly celebration recently expanded again to become International...

Education: Time for Change

Education: Time for Change

  Thanking educators who are making a difference in the lives of so many, and acknowledging parents and caregivers who are homeschooling. Schools have reopened yet we remain in a time of transition. Education, like other institutions, require change moving...

Physically Apart, Yet Still Together

Physically Apart, Yet Still Together

Although we must stay physically apart at this time, we are still interconnected. Now is a time to consciously engage with ourselves and with each other. We can be distant yet not disengaged.   Virtual Circles Uplifted by our Virtual Circles, one from...

Thank You All Essential Workers

Thank You All Essential Workers

We appreciate you, your work and dedication! You are not alone. We are all in this together.   Feel free to print and display our Thank You sign anywhere you'd like! Here's a digital PDF download:  Thank You Essential Workers Sign - (Download) You can also share...

Highlights of 2019

Highlights of 2019

Celebrating highlights of 2019 and acknowledging our wonderful hosts and partners around the world!
From Nepal to Kwadacha Nation…

International Restorative Justice Week & Beyond

International Restorative Justice Week & Beyond

Restorative Justice Week Working with restorative justice programs Resources Restorative Justice Week The origins of RJ week can be traced to England where in 1975, prison chaplaincies created one day to remember incarcerated men and women, "Prisoner's Sunday". The...

Highlights of 2018

Highlights of 2018

We have the privilege of working with amazing people and organizations around the world! Celebrating a few highlights from 2018: Brazil - Training Judges What a privilege spending a week with 100 judges - federal and representatives from every state in Brazil. Dr....

Restorative Justice in Brazil

Restorative Justice in Brazil

By Dr Evelyn Zellerer What a privilege to spend a week with about 100 judges, federal and representatives from every state in Brazil. I was invited to train judges in restorative justice at the national magistrates school, ENFAM - Escola Nacional de Formação e...

Inspired in Nepal

Inspired in Nepal

I just completed a whirlwind trip to learn, contribute and create with our growing circle of international colleagues. It included Nepal; a beautiful, complex, relatively small country. It lies between Tibet and India, with a population of 29 million. Kathmandu is the...

Humanity in the face of Extremism

Humanity in the face of Extremism

The rise of extremism and hate crimes is disturbing. The question is, how do we effectively respond? And in answering that, we need to…

Mauritius – Peace in Diversity

Mauritius – Peace in Diversity

Imagine Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Jews, and Atheists living harmoniously together? Welcome to the Republic of Mauritius. “We just recognise the right of everyone to be different and we live with these differences and sometimes we find them to be a source...

South Africa – Possibilities for the Future

South Africa – Possibilities for the Future

Possibilities - that was the word that kept coming up while in South Africa. The ancientness of the land and humanity is palpable. And currently there are many struggles, especially economic, in this post-apartheid era. Yet I was most aware of the limitless...

Behind the Curtain of Iran

Behind the Curtain of Iran

I received an unexpected invitation to speak at the first restorative justice conference in Iran. My answer was an immediate “yes”. The journey began in getting my visa and discovering Canada had closed its embassy in Iran as well as all Iranian embassy services in...

Creating a Kinder World: A Tribute to 2015 and Inspiration for 2016

Creating a Kinder World: A Tribute to 2015 and Inspiration for 2016

We’re inundated with news of violence, trauma and drama. Yet we are also choosing so much kindness, nonviolence and the miraculous. This tribute shares 10 courageous and heart-warming choices people made in 2015. From kids to the elderly, homeless people and doctors,...

Calling for a Smart Justice Approach

Calling for a Smart Justice Approach

Guest Post written by Smart Justice Network of Canada (SJNC) - a non-partisan, non-profit network of volunteers from different walks of life and communities across Canada. We are working together to promote a different approach to criminal and social justice. One that...

Peace of the Circle – Ancient, New, Simple and Profound

Peace of the Circle – Ancient, New, Simple and Profound

Gathering in circles has been a part of human experience throughout the ages. Our ancestors gathered around the fire to share and survive. In the midst of our technologically advanced yet fractured world, Peace of the Circle is emerging as something ancient and new,...

Peace of the Circle Around the World

Peace of the Circle Around the World

Peacemaking circles are a structured yet flexible approach to communication, suitable for a wide range of purposes and settings. Grateful for the amazing people and places this work brings us. Sharing and celebrating highlights of 2014: Schools Continuing to work with...

Coordinator - Dr. Evelyn Zellerer

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