Source: (2004) Paper from "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment, Part 2," IIRP Fifth International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, August 5-7, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Downloaded 29 October 2004.

The Surrey School District is the largest in British Columbia and one of the fastest growing districts in Canada. The student enrollment in Surrey for 2003-04 was approximately 63,000, spread throughout 123 schools, and includes a rich mosaic of cultures. One in every three Surrey students is from a household in which English is not the first language. Of the over 90 languages represented in Surrey schools, the highest percentages are Punjabi, Chinese, Hindi, Tagalog (Filipino), Spanish, Polish, Vietnamese, Korean and French. Five years ago, a group of four educators from Surrey were introduced to restorative justice (RJ) and group conferencing. After being trained as conference facilitators, they embarked on a mission to educate others about the potential for restorative justice practices in the school district. This paper will give an overview of their efforts over the past five years. (excerpt)

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