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Welcome, Restorative Justice Champions

What is VIRRJA?

Vancouver Island Region Restorative Justice Association (VIRRJA) is an association of Restorative Justice programs throughout Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and the Gulf Islands.


Restorative justice is
a way of thinking about
harm and healing

All of us cause harm and experience harm at some point in our lives. In our punitive culture the solutions offered often rely on the criminal legal system to evaluate and adjudicate harms. Yet many harms are not crimes and many crimes are not necessarily harmful. But we know that harm demands a response.

How might we more effectively respond to harms in our communities? We can begin by using restorative approaches.

“Restorative Justice (RJ) 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.”Howard Zehr, “Little Book of Restorative Justice”

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Our Values

We are community members who are passionately committed to embodying RJ practices. We lead with humility and ensure that we are:

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Explore our Resources

We've put together a site map, so you can find what you are looking for as quickly as possible. And please don't hesitate to reach out if you don't find the answer to your question. 

Areas of Service Delivery

VIRRJA strives to provide leadership and value to member in the following areas:




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