Restorative Justice Vancouver

Peace of the Circle has launched a restorative justice initiative in Vancouver, BC – unceded, traditional xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territory.

Months of extensive outreach led to our first stakeholders meeting in April, 2021 with a focus on ‘Building Partnerships for Restorative Justice in Vancouver’.

We’re bringing together diverse voices and wisdom with representatives from Indigenous-led organizations, various service providers including for survivors/victims, youth and seniors, LGBTQ2S+, City Council, Vancouver Police Department, Downtown Community Court, Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation, BIA safety committee and many more!

This collective, affectionately called the ‘Dream Team’, have met five times thus far to learn, vision and determine together what restorative justice might look like in our city. We are collaborating across sectors to create a relational, holistic, interdisciplinary, decolonizing approach to addressing harm, healing, justice and peace.

Our 4th stakeholders meeting focused on decolonization, co-facilitated by Norm Leech and Evelyn Zellerer.

Exciting news from our latest meeting in October: we reached a consensus to move toward becoming a Restorative City!

Grateful for all participants who so authentically engage with complex topics.

Coordinated by Dr Evelyn Zellerer.

Funding from grants through Civil Forfeiture Funds from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General BC.

Stay tuned as our exciting, complex journey to justice continues!

Our initiative has already made the news!

Thanking Vancouver Magazine and Nathan Caddell for featuring our initial launch!

What Could Restorative Justice Mean for Vancouver’s Court System?

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

Relationship, Relational, Interconnectedness

Decolonizing