What is restorative justice?

Restorative justice is about returning a sense of safety for all participants, reintegration and accountability.

Restorative justice is for the person harmed (victim) first and foremost with a focus on the person who caused harm

(offender). Participation is voluntary. The person harmed agrees to the referral. The person who caused harm must

admit to the harm (crime or wrong-doing) and agrees to the referral. Referrals for restorative justice are received

directly from the RCMP and other referral sources within the Vernon/North Okanagan area.

Everyone is prepared by an RJ to meet face-to-face and discuss:

“What happened?”

“How were people affected?”

“What can be done to repair the harm?”

Our logo represents the person harmed, person who caused harm, guardians and

supporters, community and the RJ Team coming together in a circle to reach an

agreement that lists activities on how to repair the harm.



Restorative Justice Society

The RJS-NO provides services within the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP Detachment area that includes six main communities: Vernon, Spallumcheen, Armstrong, Enderby, Coldstream and Lumby; two Aboriginal Nations: Okanagan Indian Band and Splatsin First Nation; and three Regional Districts with Electoral Areas for BX/Swan Lake, BX/Silver Star, Enderby Rural, Lumby Rural, Cherryville, Falkland and Westwold/Monte Lake. The overall population is between 80,000 - 85,000 thousand with seasonal fluctuations (source Vernon Detachment | E Division, 2006)