Restorative Collective Vancouver

diverse voices working together to make Vancouver a Restorative City!


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

Vancouver is becoming a Restorative City

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

A Restorative City aims to create safe streets, healthy people, strong communities in healthy environments. It addresses all forms of harm and offers healing.

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

We do not yet know what a Restorative City for Vancouver will look like. That’s what the Restorative Collective is currently exploring and determining!

Restorative Collective Vancouver

Restorative Collective Vancouver is an impressive team of diverse voices and wisdom from Indigenous-led organizations, service providers including for youth, seniors and women, LGBTQ2S+, Parks & Recreation, housing, policing, community corrections, business associations and more. Our outreach continues, and the Collective is evolving and growing.

We are collaborating to create a relational, holistic, decolonizing approach to conflict, harm, crime, healing, justice and peace.

The Collective thus far includes representatives from the following communities:

Aboriginal Community Policing Centre
Atira Women’s Resource Society
BC Community Response Networks
BC Corrections
BC Housing
BIA Partnership Safety Committee
Board of Parks and Recreation
City of Vancouver Council
City of Vancouver Staff
Community Corrections

Downtown Community Court
Elizabeth Fry Society
Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre
Living Interfaith Sanctuary
Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
Protect Our Indigenous Sisters Society (POISS)
QMUNITY: BC’s Queer, Trans, & Two-Spirit Resource Centre
Strathcona Community Safety Association

Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA)
Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Services Society (VATJSS)
Vancouver Association for Restorative Justice
Vancouver Police Department
Victim Services
WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre
Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative
Youth Justice, Ministry of Children & Family Development

At the end of 2021, the Collective reached a consensus to work toward becoming a restorative city

City Council passed a motion forwarded by Councillor Michael Wiebe in support of our consensus on January 26, 2022 to:

  • endorse the aspiration of Vancouver becoming a Restorative City
  • create training opportunities for staff to learn about restorative justice and incorporate it in reports to Council when applicable
  • commit to having a Council representative participate in the Restorative Collective Vancouver as a stakeholder
  • allocate funding

Copy of the motion passed

Our Restorative Collective Shared Values





















Relationships, Relational


Dr. Evelyn Zellerer - Coordinator

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