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Restorative Justice

Providing alternatives to the criminal justice system for youth and adults in Nanaimo who have been impacted by crime or harm

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Phone Number 250-668-5759

About the Restorative Justice Program

The Restorative Justice Program offers alternatives to the criminal justice system for youth and adults in Nanaimo who have been impacted by crime or harm. Referrals are received from Crown Counsel, RCMP, Probation, schools and community members, as well as self-referrals. Program participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have been impacted by a diverse range of offences.


The program facilitates a variety of out-of-court and parallel-to-court processes, including restorative dialogues, resolution agreements, and diversionary programming. Staff work closely with participants to identify the root causes of the harm to put in place preventative interventions and supports, while collaborating with the community, victims of crime, and other relevant parties to resolve conflict, promote accountability, and foster healing.


Restorative justice has strong origins in Indigenous peacemaking practices and faith-based accountability processes. Participation is voluntary and processes are inclusive, trauma-informed, and needs-based. In cases requiring culturally appropriate processes, the program consults with Elders, Native Court Workers, and members of the Snuneymuxw Nation.


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Admission Criteria

The restorative justice program supports all ages and genders. Participants can be referred or self refer.


To be a suitable candidate for Restorative Justice, a responsible party (person who has caused harm) must take accountability for the harm they have caused and be willing to engage in repair, prevention and education to address root causes and impacts of behaviour.

How to Apply

If you are interesting in the Restorative Justice program, please contact Program Manager Kluane Buser-Rivet at 250-668-5759 or

Contact the Restorative Justice Program

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