A paper by Dr. Muhammad Asadullah, an Assistant Professor at the University of Regina’s Department of Justice was published in Decolonization of Criminology and Justice, 3(1). 27-62 titled “Decolonization and Restorative Justice : A Proposed Theoretical Framework.” https://ojs.aut.ac.nz/dcj/article/view/25 The paper provides an interesting framework for consideration as we at RJABC contemplate this important and necessary work. Adoption of an anti-racism/anti-oppression strategy was the focus of a recent dialogue with student consultants from Northeastern University, who were contracted by RJABC to provide a literature review summary and recommendations for our board to consider.
Many of you were able to attend another successful and inspiring week of conversation at the Canadian National Restorative Justice Symposium hosted during International Restorative Justice Week November 21-28th 2021. This virtual event featured keynote speakers Marlee Liss and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas as well as engaging dialogues on Innovative Expressions of RJ, Environmental Harm, Colonial Harm and Racial Harm. If you missed the event you can go to the NRJS site National Symposium 2021 to learn more and to find related updates and resources.
RJABC envisions a province where restorative justice is known for quality, accessibility and innovation.
The Restorative Justice Association of BC (RJABC) aims to promote connection, collaboration, and unity among restorative and Indigenous justice programs and initiatives throughout the province of British Columbia. Restorative justice has been shaped by traditional ways of knowing and the practices of Indigenous nations in this province, which we recognize and humbly acknowledge as a colonially defined area of land that forcefully superseded the traditional territories and relationships of at least 198 Indigenous Nations. Despite passing its Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act in November 2019, BC still has a long way to go before reconciliation is achieved. RJABC is ever mindful that we continue to live and work in unceded territories, and is committed to respecting the autonomy, dignity, and rights of Indigenous peoples.