About Us

About Us

Welcome to the Kootenay Restorative Justice program. We serve the areas of Nelson, Kaslo, Slocan and the communities in between each city.

We are responsible for helping youth and young adults achieve responsible solutions for when rules have been broken.

We are also involved in increasing dialogue in our communities by education and role-modeling consensus building and discussion.

Please wander through our site and get to know us. Please contact us to get more information or if you would like to join our group.

Kootenay Restorative Justice places emphasis on repairing harm caused by conflict and crime.  RJ involves the participation of those who have been harmed, those who have caused harm and the community affected by the crime in finding solutions that seek to repair harm and promote harmony.
The Restorative Justice process is designed to:

  • Provide support to those who have been harmed to enable them to discuss how they have been impacted and to have questions answered.
  • Have those who have caused harm talk about the circumstances of the incident, describe what they believe the effects of their actions have been and take responsibility for the harm caused.
  • Give involved community members the opportunity to talk about how the incident has impacted them.
  • To build consensus for a meaningful, reasonable and fair resolution.
  • Identify and encourage participants to support the outcomes of the conference process and to ensure appropriate follow-up.

Our highest priorities are adequate preparation, care, respect, confidentiality and safety for all participants during the process.

     KRJ began in 2002 as collaboration between the W.E. Graham Community Services Society, the RCMP and volunteers from the Slocan Valley.

Our program has now expanded to encompass many communities in the West Kootenay region. We are a program that takes referrals from RCMP diverting them from the court system.  We also welcome referrals from the community.
Our goals for the future include:

  • offering continued training for our volunteers
  • professional training opportunities for individuals and organizations throughout the West Kootenay region
  • implementing a mentorship program.

“Restorative Justice is a process to involve to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible”.
The Little Book of Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr

Benefits of Resolving Conflict Peacefully

To those harmed:

  • Active participation as a primary and valued participant in the justice process and resolution.
  • Answers to questions
  • Opportunity to share the real human impact of the conflict and crime directly with the person who caused the harm.

To those who cause harm:

  • Ability to gain an understanding of the impact of actions on others
  • Participation in deciding what needs to happen to repair the harm caused
  • Opportunity to repair the harm caused and make amends

To communities:

  • Understanding and addressing causes of crime in the community
  • Building healthier communities through increased awareness of sources of conflict and working to support effective responses

“…a system of justice that increases understanding and empathy, enhances people’s sense of responsibility to each other, and strengthens a sense of community…”   
  – Susan Sharpe
taken from North Vancouver Restorative Justice Society