Prison Fellowship Canada – Restorative Justice Initiative
November 23, 2018
Held at The Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre – 9 am to 3:30 pm
Cost $35.00 – per person / $20.00 – student rate
(This cost includes all materials, lunch and snacks)
Each year, Correction Services Canada (CSC) recognizes Restorative Justice Week during the third week of November. It is part of International Restorative Justice Week, which is celebrated in over 40 countries during the third week of November. It all started in 1975 in England, and the idea spread into several other countries. In 1996, Canada expanded the prisoner’s week into the Restorative Justice Week: Community, Victims, and Prisoners. Corrections Services Canada invites and requests local communities to organize events to promote the use of restorative justice in their communities.
In response, Prison Fellowship Canada (PFC) – Atlantic Region is hosting its third annual Restorative Justice Day Conference, in Fredericton at the Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre,1350 Regent Street, Fredericton, NB.
Restorative Justice is a philosophy and approach that views crime as the harm done to people and relationships and calls for a response to repair those harms as agreed to by those affected. It is a non-retributive approach to justice that emphasizes healing for victims, accountability of offenders and the involvement of community members in creating healthier, safer communities.
This annual conference will bring together government, community leaders, non-profits, students and other citizens to collaborate and actively engage so that we may further the collective efforts of Restorative Justice in Fredericton. This year we will provide educational workshops and ongoing outside opportunities to use this education as you move into action in the field of Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice is the work of the community and as such must be collaborative.
This year our keynote speaker is Dr Terry LeBlanc. Terry is Mi’kmaq /Acadian, his family roots in Listuguj First Nation and Campbellton, NB, Canada. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD from Asbury Theological Seminary, specializing in Theology and Anthropology. Terry has 38 years of ministry experience and community work in both Native North American and global Indigenous contexts including as an educator in theology and community development practice. Trained in the reconciliation process, Terry has spoken and taught in many contexts not only in North America but elsewhere in the world on principles and practices of reconciliation including South Africa, Rwanda, New Zealand and Australia. Terry speaks often on the development of cultural bridges between Aboriginal people and the majority cultures. He has participated in many reconciliation events across the world.
The morning of the event will be spent as one group and our afternoon will offer 4 separate workshop options for you to choose from. Each participant will be provided with a certificate of workshop completion.
Workshop #1 – Developing Cultural Bridges between Aboriginal people and majority cultures – Dr Terry Leblanc
This workshop is designed to take a constructive look at the Restorative work needed between First Nations and law enforcement agencies. Join Terry on a journey as he shares principles and practices of reconciliation and strategies for development of cultural bridges between Aboriginal people and majority cultures as he draws on 38 years experience.
Workshop # 2 – Restorative Communication – The Art and Science of Respectful Relationships – Gola Taraschi-Carr, founder of Atlantic Restorative Company
Gola holds a Master of Arts Degree in Criminology from the University of Ottawa and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Saint Mary’s University. Gola is also a licensed Master Trainer of the International Institute of Restorative Practices. In 2012, Gola was recognized as a distinguished nominee for the Canadian National Ron Wiebe Award in Restorative Justice. In 2018, Gola was appointed as an external trainer for the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Gola has worked for a number of years to seed and cultivate restorative practices in diverse contexts: criminal justice, community services, child welfare settings, schools, university and health sectors, workplace settings and most recently in the medium of documentary film and theatre. Gola led the development of the Best Practice Standard for the Restorative Justice Program of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. She has participated in a number of innovative initiatives such as the development of a restorative approach at the Nova Scotia Youth Facility at Waterville, the HRM mental health court; restorative options for youth in group home settings, neighbourhood circle projects, and community conversation processes related to renewable energy initiatives.
Utilizing her wealth of training and practical application across all sectors, Gola will lead us to embrace the fundamentals of restorative communication in all areas of life.
Workshop # 3 – Telling My Story – Victim’s Support Group – Rose Stewart, Restorative Justice Trainer (limit of 15 participants)
Drawing on her experiences as a Restorative Justice trainer and community facilitator of restorative circles, Rose will lead this support group. This workshop is designed for those who have been victims of a crime or serious harm within the community or in the family. Often these people feel alone, left out of the justice process and feel like there is no one to talk to. It takes courage to come forward, but we hope you will come and begin the journey in telling your story and toward healing.
Workshop # 4 – The Sycamore Tree Project – Stacey Campbell, CEO Prison Fellowship Canada – (limit of 15 participants)
The Sycamore Tree Project is an internationally run program that brings restorative justice into the prison setting whereby victims meet with offenders and discuss issues related to crime and its consequences. The program is used in 35 countries and is legislated as a mandatory program before being released from custody in New Zealand and South Africa. PFC, Atlantic Region is seeking to train volunteer leaders to facilitate this program in the Atlantic Region. This workshop will provide an overview of the program and some experiential exercises that one could expect to find in a Sycamore Tree Project class.
9:00 am – coffee and registration
9:15 am – Introduction of speakers and opening
9:30 am – Group Sessions
10:45 am – Coffee break
11:00 am – Group Sessions
12:10 pm – Introduction of afternoon sessions
12:15 pm – Lunch Break
1:00 pm – Workshops
3:00 pm – Presentation of Workshop commitments – Certificates and Dismissal – Drumming Circle – The Goodbye Song
3:30 pm – Dismissal