The Restorative Justice Centre of Quebec (RJC-QC) was created in order promote an understanding of the concepts of restorative justice and to implement restorative justice programs within the province of Quebec. Restorative justice focuses on a reconciliation and healing process between offender and victim, where both take an active role in a process wherein offenders take direct responsibility for their acts and attempt reparation and victims can express how they have been affected by the wrongdoing. Restorative justice recognizes that crime is an offense against individuals rather than the State and emphasizes reconciliation and catharsis rather than punishment as in our modern criminal justice system. Thus, our mandate is based on respecting the fundamental dignity of human beings and the need for societal harmony.
Restorative Justice is a process of empowerment that allows restoration of self-esteem and self-confidence. It aims to summon understanding from confusion and hope from despair. It involves reconciliation with oneself and the “other” resulting in inner healing.
This year, the National Restorative Justice Symposium will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 21-22. The Symposium raises awareness of a restorative approach to addressing crime and conflict. This year’s Symposium is being hosted by the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and Dalhousie University: http://novascotia.ca/just/Restorative-Justice-Symposium-2016/
To take a look at the Symposium Agenda:
Past-year suicidal thoughts among off-reserve First Nations, Métis and Inuit adults aged 18 to 25: Prevalence and associated characteristics.
On October 13, 2016, Statistics Canada released the article:
‘Past-year suicidal thoughts among off-reserve First Nations, Métis and Inuit adults aged 18 to 25: Prevalence and associated characteristics’.
The Restorative justice center of Quebec participated in the World Social Forum which took place in Montreal this year. Here are some photos from the closing activity on Mount Royal organized by a community of people working together for a better world.
A special thanks to Louis Lafleur, our photographer.