Restorative Justice in
Abbotsford began in 2001


The forms used to achieve Restorative Action can be similar to forms used to deliver Restorative Justice in the criminal justice context. Restorative Action, however, has the potential to go further, in that training, knowledge, and skill development can be offered to an entire school population—something that is not feasible in the larger community.

The development of restorative culture within a school supports a holistic approach to repair of harm and resolution of conflict. Mediation and conferencing approaches which bring all parties together are used in schools as they are in community restorative justice programs. Circle processes are used, which have similarities to the aboriginal healing circles used in forms of aboriginal justice. Workshops in conflict resolution for staff, students and parents can also equip affected parties to be able to negotiate their own solutions without outside assistance.