Tsilhqot'in Restorative Justice
This program promotes the principles of Restorative Justice; a justice in which the person that caused the harm, the person harmed, and the community come together to establish ways to repair the harm for reconciliation, closure and healing. Through a structured discussion led by one of our trained facilitators, the participants come to an agreement about how to meaningfully repair the harm caused by the incident. Questions uncover how the offence happened, who was harmed and how, and what needs to happen to make it right.
The Peacemaking Circle is a dialogue process that works intentionally to create a safe space to discuss difficult or painful issues in order to improve relationships and resolve differences. The intent of the circle is to find resolutions that serve every member of the circle. The progress is based on an assumption of equal worth and dignity for all participants an therefore provides equal voice to all participants. Every participant has gifts to offer in finding a good solution to the problem. The circle works on values and guidelines, and relationship building before talking about the difference or conflict.
Both of these methods are examples of traditional Aboriginal methods of handling conflicts and go a long way in working to reduce the over representation of First Nations people in the mainstream justice sytem.
Adult & Youth CASE Aid
- Probation referrals
- Community work service
- Alternative measures
- Community training
- RCMP, Community referrals
- Peacemaking circles in communities
- Traditional Justice practices
- Tsilhqot'in Justice Committee Reps
- Conflict resolution circles
Community Peacemaking Circles
- Victim and offender mediation circles
- Referrals from RCMP
- Tsilhqot'in Justice Program staff take referral
- Meet with victim(s)/offender(s)
- Arrange meeting place in community
- Facilitate/co-facilitate conflict
The Tsilhqot'in Restorative Justice program is Governed by Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society's Board of Directors, a 6 member Board compromised of representatives from the Tsilhqot'in and Southern Carrier Nation. The communities are:
- ?Esdilagh (Alexandria)
- Tl'esqox (Toosey)
- Yunesit'in (Stone)
- Xeni (Nemiah Valley)
- Tl'etinqox (Anaham)
- Tsi Deldel (Redstone)
- Ulkatcho (Anaham Lake)
If you require any more information about the Peacemaking Circles or Community Justice Forums please feel free to phone or E-mail Bruce Baptiste, or Samantha Dick.