Restorative Justice Resource Swap
The VIRRJA Vision is “a future in which restorative practices and philosophy are embedded throughout our region, creating safe, brave and healthy communities.” In our effort to help Restorative Justice spread into wider communities, regionally and abroad, we have curated the following free resources. As with all online resources, source with respect when you use the material for more than your own personal understanding.
Contribute to the Resource Swap!
If you have helpful documents (videos, reports, infographics, pdfs etc.) you would like to share more widely, please send them to email@example.com with the title “Resource Swap Contribution”. Thanks so much, and please enjoy!
1. Indigenous Ally Toolkit:
Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network
Content and research by Dakota Swiftwolfe Layout and design by Leilani Shaw.
In 2019, the Montreal Indigenous Community Network launched the Indigenous Ally Toolkit, which was created to foster alliances and educate non-Indigenous people and groups on how they can use their privilege to listen, shift power dynamics, and take concrete steps towards reconciliation.
2. Trauma Informed Toolkit
Klinic Community Health Centre
Manitoba Trauma Information and Education Centre
A resource for service organizations and providers to deliver services that are trauma-informed
3. Serving Crime Victims
Alberta Restorative Justice Association
Written by: Catherine Bargen, Alan Edwards, Matthew Hartman, Jennifer Haslett, Aaron Lyons
4. United Nations RJ Handbook
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
The following UNODC staff contributed to the development of this handbook: Sophie Dowsett, Anika Holterhof, Valérie Lebaux and Sonya Rahaman. UNODC also wishes to acknowledge the support provided by the Government of Thailand towards the development and revision of the handbook.
5. Other Restorative Justice Essentials
Howard J. Zehr is an American criminologist. Zehr is considered to be a pioneer of the modern concept of restorative justice.
Kay Pranis is a leader and trainer in restorative justice, specializing in peacemaking circles.
& victim centred practice
Accountability & Apologies
Ask Siobhan to define and add links
Guilt & Shame
Ask Nicky for links and authors
Priveledge Conscious Resources
Priveledge Conscious Resources
We commit to educating ourselves, listening to minority voices, and consulting resources that challenge white settler perspectives
VIRRJA programs and practitioners are keenly aware of the issues, pressures and concerns that affect our local and greater communities. We make time to tackle some of these “big picture” topics in our meetings and interactions. We welcome your participation in sharing resources to help us all increase our understanding of how RJ can support ALL of our citizens and communities. We find we often have more questions than answers and will continue to explore these topics and their connections with restorative justice.
Here are some resources to start with:
(Indigenous, Black, People of Colour)
Land acknowledgment alone is not enough. It’s merely a starting point.
Anti-racism, anti-oppression, decolonization, feminism, intersectionality