Squamish RCMP has announced a new restorative justice pilot project in collaboration with North Shore Restorative Justice.
As an alternative justice form, restorative justice examines crime and conflict as a breakdown between people and relationships impacting the victim, community, and offender.
Restorative justice provides opportunities for all parties involved to communicate directly or indirectly about what happened, who was impacted and how, who is taking responsibility for what, and what needs to happen to address the needs of all.
To participate voluntarily and confidentially in a restorative justice process, all parties must agree to participate including the person harmed.
Further, the person responsible for the harm needs to take responsibility in order to participate. Over the years, restorative justice has evolved from focusing solely on minor files to complex, multi-layered matters.
“North Shore Restorative Justice Society has strong roots in the North Shore, and a willingness to work with other local and supportive agencies, making for a good fit to meet the needs of Squamish,” says Sioned Dyer Executive Director of the North Shore Restorative Justice Society.