In 2008, over 165 cities proclaimed Restorative Justice Week. In addition, more educational institutions are exploring restorative jusitce approaches and training as a valuable tool in dealing with student conflict and bullying.

I would like to encourage you to write stories about how your community has responded to human needs restoratively and submit them to RestorativeJustice@CSC-SCC.GC.CA.

For further information, please contact Carol-Anne Grenier, Restorative Justice Division at (613) 943-5049 or by e-mail: GrenierCA@csc-scc.gc.ca or Michelle Landry, Chaplaincy at (613) 995-8366 or by email: LandryMI@csc-scc.gc.ca.

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Restorative Justice Week has been observed in Canada for many years. There are a number of helpful resources, including resources created for RJ Week themes since 2005, on the CSC pages devoted to the Restorative Justice Branch.

The week is observed in a number of other countries, although not always on the same week.

Part of the Canadian commemoration not mentioned above is a national symposium  from 18-20 November, 2009 in St John's, Nowfoundland and Labrador. For further information, contact Scott Morton Ninomiya (scottmn@gov.nl.ca) or Clara Rendell (RendellCM@CSC-SCC.GC.CA).