The AGM was well attended with many of our members, partners, and the larger restorative justice community present at the meeting. After hearing from Co-Chairs Alana Abramson and Suzanne Dorey, and Executive Director Christianne Paras, we shared a summary of the Listening Project final report and presented our 2022-2027 Strategic Plan.
Please welcome the newest staff member of RJ ABC, Christal Lok! Christal is Chinese and Australian, born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She currently resides as an uninvited guest on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded land of the Kwikwetlem peoples in B.C., Canada. Christal joins RJABC in the role of Administrative Assistant and will be a key contributor in supporting projects and events for the association.
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in this province, which we recognize and humbly acknowledge as a colonially defined area of land that forcefully superseded the traditional territories and relationships of at least 198 Indigenous Nations.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.