Following the steps and teachings of our Grandmothers and Grandfathers, the Listuguj Restorative Justice program assists in the restoration of harmony and peaceful relations in our community. With an emphasis on Mi’gmaq cultural values and teachings, we offer alternative ways to resolve conflict.
In the Restorative Justice approach, we encourage and foster dialogue between those harmed and those who have caused the harm. Helping to resolve conflict by way of Mi’gmaq cultural practices will result in higher rates of satisfaction, increased responsibility and ultimately reduced recidivism (the person will be less likely to harm again).
A volunteer committee, comprised of Listuguj community members, assists individuals to resolve conflict in a manner that respects the needs and concerns of all involved parties.
The Restorative Justice process is distinct from the criminal justice system, which deals with an offence and primarily focuses on how the punishment is imposed on the offender. In the criminal justice system, there is a lack of attention on the victim who has been harmed and left out of the process. In other words, the balance has been broken. Restorative Justice, however, is about having a justice system that restores relations, addressing the good of the collective.
If individuals or community service providers would like more information about the Listuguj Restorative Justice program, we encourage you to contact or visit our office.