Restorative Justice and Youth
Wednesday November 22, 2017, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern time)
11:00 a.m. Mountain
Restorative justice in the criminal justice system is commonly defined as an approach to justice that focuses on addressing the harm caused by providing an opportunity for the parties directly affected – victim, offender and community – to identify and address their needs in the aftermath. Restorative justice encourages meaningful engagement and accountability and provides an opportunity for healing, reparation and reintegration.
Restorative justice process take many forms, and vary both between and within countries. This webcast will feature presentations on the use of restorative justice in New Zealand and on two Canadian youth-focused restorative justice programs.
1. Hayley Mackenzie – Ministry of Justice, New Zealand
Hayley Mackenzie is the Manager Community Services at the Ministry of Justice in New Zealand. Her team is responsible for the provision of pre-sentence restorative justice services across New Zealand. It also works closely with Restorative Practices Aotearoa, the national umbrella organisation for RJ, and Resolution Institute, the country’s training and accreditation body for RJ providers. Ms. Mackenzie will describe the restorative justice environment in New Zealand, briefly outlining the history of restorative principles in legislation and the government’s role in providing restorative justice at the pre-sentence stage, including restorative justice initiatives for youth.
2. Shaylyn Hunter – Youth Restorative Action Project
Shaylyn Hunter is the program coordinator of the Youth Restorative Action Project (YRAP) in Edmonton, Alberta. YRAP is a unique youth justice committee entirely run by youth members, ages 15-25. With a restorative justice focus, YRAP has been involved in over 600 cases of all levels of severity. Ms. Hunter’s presentation will focus on YRAP’s method of empowering youth within the justice system and its immensely positive impacts on the community, those who have been affected by crime, and the young person involved.
3. Elder Marcel Gagnon – Prince George Urban Aboriginal Justice Society
Marcel Gagnon is a Lheidli T’enneh Elder, musician, and addiction worker who delivers several programs for Indigenous youth through the Prince George Urban Aboriginal Justice Society. Mr. Gagnon will give an overview of his practices to show how cultural ceremony and restorative justice practices can support each other to influence positive change for youth. His teachings are a tool and an expression of cultural pride, and provide youth with alternatives to negative behaviours.
There is no cost for the webinar, but pre-registration is required. Please register here:
This webcast will be delivered in English with simultaneous interpretation in French. Viewers will be invited to submit questions for the presenters in either official language.