Nominations Open for SFU’s Hummingbird Award

Simon Fraser University’s annual hummingbird award recognizes the continuing legacy of the compassionate and courageous spirit of Dr. Elizabeth Elliott, founder of the Centre for Restorative Justice. The award recognizes the tenacious spirit of hummingbirds who declare themselves to the values and relationships that build and sustain healthy communities.

Consider nominating someone! (Self-nominations not permitted; nominee must be a BC resident.) Submissions due October 13, 2017.

Read more here.

BC NDP’s Plans for a Province-Wide Restorative Justice System

We’re thrilled that the BC NPD are calling for a province-wide restorative justice system! You can read the Globe and Mail article here.

We also put together a collection of References to RJ in Canadian Publications you may find interesting.


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B.C. Solicitor-General Mike Farnworth, shown in this 2015 file photo, said “It works in terms of helping victims with issues around closure, and ensuring they’re heard and the offender is less likely to reoffend. It works.”

Victims & Survivors of Crime Symposium

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This year’s symposium was perhaps our best yet. Thanks to everyone who joined us! Here’s some feedback from the audience:

  • “Strength and resilience happen in community, not isolation.”
  • “I really appreciate the discussion around the different ways resiliency looks…thank you for putting this on again.”
  • “I learned a lot about deconstructing stereotypes about indigenous people.”
  • “There are so many diverse opportunities to work with and help people. Also there is so much importance in bearing witness to stories.”
  • “…[R]esilience is a different and continuous process for everyone.”
  • “To embody, support and honour resilience – individual and collective expressions. As an attendee in other victim’s symposiums, this particular symposium, with the phenomenal voices for and of resilience was important, necessary, and inspiring.”
  • “This is such an important forum and I wish more people were here.”


We also asked participants the following questions, and their ratings were all positive:

  • “I found the speakers to be educational.” 82% said “strongly agree,” and 18% said “agree.”
  • “I found the symposium to be well-organized.” 64% said “strongly agree,” 32% said “agree,” and one person said “neutral”
  • “I found the symposium to be valuable.” 81% said “strongly agree,” and 19% said “agree.”


A huge thanks to the Department of Justice for funding the symposium!

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A few photos: