Program of sunday and monday

Sunday, November 15, 2015

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. 

Welcoming of participants 





6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Social activity & networking (cash bar) 



Monday, November 16, 2015

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration & breakfast 



9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Opening remarks:


–   Mrs Catherine Rossi, Professor, Université Laval, Quebec




Opening addresses

Mrs Stéphanie Vallée, Minister of Justice – Quebec

Me Annick Murphy, Ad. E. Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions – Québec

Mrs Keeper of the Seals Christiane Taubira,  Minister of Justice – France



9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Testimony: Mrs Carmen G. Quintana, science attaché for the Chilean embassy in Montreal


When military personnel are involved
During a demonstration against the Chilean military junta, on July 2 1986, Ms Quintana is burnt alive and is abandoned in a ditch. Today, she struggles for the reestablishment of justice and truth. Recently, she met with a soldier who participated in the event. Ms Quintana will share her journey and her recent experience with Fernando Guzman, military, and she will also talk about the progress of her country towards the truth, justice and memory in relation to the violation of human rights in her country during the dictatorship.


10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Health break 



11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Plenary session: Restorative Justice & Dialogue in the U.S.: What We Have Learned from Practice and Research?


Mr Mark Umbreit, Professor, Director, Centre for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking, University of Minnesota 


12:00 – 1:15 p.m.




1:15 – 2:30 p.m.



Penal mediation in the context of the YCJA: development in Quebec and testimonials

[Translation English-French]
Authors :
  • Mrs Marie-Êve Lamoureux, Clinical Manager, Ressources Alternatives Rive-Sud (RARS)
  • Mrs Caroline Houle, victim
  • Mrs Clara Breton-Houle, victim

Summary of presentation :

The growth of penal mediation, in the province of Quebec, has allowed the development of a unique model of practice within the territory. This workshop will briefly present it’s development, particular strategy as well as it’s principles and requirements. The second part of the workshop will allow victims who have used this type of mediation to share with us their story.

Correctional Service of Canada: The continuum of services offered to victims of crime

[French only]
Authors :
  • Mrs Marie-Amélie Tremblay, Victim Services Officer with the Correctional Service of Canada 
  • Mrs Rachel Desmarais, Victim Services Officer with the Correctional Service of Canada 

Summary of presentation :

This workshop will present an overview of the changing role of victims in the federal penal system and the place given to victims since the recent legislative amendments. Topics will include the type of information which the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) can disclose to victims, ways for victims to make themselves heard in the CSC and PBC decision-making process, and legal constraints that victims may face in the exercise of their rights.

Community mediation: partnership and access to justice

[French only]
  • Mrs Chantal Guillotte, Assistant Director, ROJAQ
  • Mr Luc Simard, Director, L’Interface
  • Sandy Grenier, mediator and community worker  

Summary of presentation :

Difficulties related to the administration of justice are often the focus of research and discussion. Many workers have mentioned the increase in requests for access to rights, the increased amount of time required to deal with situations and, in particular, the increase in legal costs. These observations are generally accompanied by measures to make justice more accessible, including the use of prevention mechanisms and dispute settlement mechanisms. This workshop will explain one such mechanism: community mediation; the workshop will examine the involvement of community members as mediators and the various partnerships that have been put in place with Community Justice Centres (CJCs), low-rental housing organizations, housing CO-OPs and resources for senior citizens.

Victim Impact Programs : Exploring and evaluating restorative Justice in Prison

  • Mrs Kathryn Bliss, Education Coordinator, Church Council on Justice and Corrections
  • Mrs Diane Crocker, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Saint Mary’s University
  • Mrs Schuyler Playford, Manager of Operations and Project Development, Church Council on Justice and Corrections

Summary of presentation :

This workshop will provide an introduction to Victim Impact programs, look at the small pilot run by CCJC in 2014-15 and look at how they connect to the larger work of restorative justice.  Victim impact programming is geared toward helping offenders become more aware of the impact that crime has on victims.  It is also focused on helping offenders understand the long range harm they cause their victims, families and community and to help them become accountable for their actions.  These programs draw heavily on restorative principles and offer a unique opportunity to engage prisoners in restorative dialogue within the limitations and confines of the prison environment. The workshop will also offer a chance for group discussion, with the hope of engaging people in a conversation about how these programs can be integrated with broader effort towards promoting restorative justice in prisons.

A Restorative Approach to Online Sexual Related Offences

  • Mrs Kim Fagerlund, Program Coordinator, Restorative Justice Program, Nanaimo Region John Howard Society
  • Mr Brian Tuacke, Restorative Justice Practitioner 
  • Mrs Randi Manz, Mentorship Program Coordinator, Restorative Justice Program, Nanaimo Region John Howard Society

Summary of presentation:

The Nanaimo Region John Howard Society’s Restorative Justice Program has developed a cutting edge approach that deals with accused who have committed online sexual related offences, such as sexual interference with a minor and possession of child pornography. The technological era has brought with it a myriad of obstacles surrounding its misuse and abuse from online users, including insufficient monitoring of obscenity law provisions surrounding the consent, degradation, and objectification of men, women, and children in pornography. As a part of our restorative approach, we have used extensive education as a tool to change the way people see their online activity by informing them on the harms incurred by both the direct and indirect victims involved in the content being accessed. We have developed a longitudinal process that best prepares offenders to accountability and fully understand the impact of their actions through academic research and assignments, online training programs, and exhaustive discussion and review. We argue that taking an educational approach to restorative justice for sexual related offences better prepares accused for the facilitated forums, which leads to greater healing and closure for all parties and healthier resolution agreement.

Community-based village courts in Bangladesh: Lessons for Canada’s Restorative Justice Programs

  • Mr Muhammad Asadullah, Sessional faculty of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of the Fraser Valley and PhD student, Simon Fraser University
  • Mr Sarder M. Asaduzzaman, Project Manager, UNDP Activating Vollage Courts in Bangladesh’

Summary of presentation :

This hour-long presentation, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A, explains the background, impact and restorative features of village courts in Bangladesh. Co-facilitated by both presenters, it will be conducted through role-plays, case studies, experiential learning and restorative pedagogy, and end with the enactment a mock village court session with the audience.
Resolving conflicts outside the formal judicial process is not new in Bangladesh. Before British colonisation, a community-based justice system—the panchayat system—was practiced in many parts of South Asia. Currently, shalish, village courts, indigenous justice in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, and community policing are some of the well-known community-oriented processes of doing justice in Bangladesh. Of these, village courts are the most widely practiced community dispute resolution mechanism. In 2009, the Bangladesh government collaborated with UNDP to rejuvenate these courts under the “Activating Village Court Project”. Grounded in restorative justice values of inclusive participation, respect, restitution and repairing relationships of the parties, village courts follow a legal framework, albeit with the principles of restorative justice reflected within its systems. The presenters will explore their origin, evolution, existing practices, and restorative values.

Implementation of school mediation programs at the elementary school level: issues and limitations

[French only]
  • Mrs Jennifer Grenier, BA, Social Sciences, Criminology and Sociology, University of Ottawa

Victims and the concept of victim

[French only]
  • Mr Jean Claude Bernheim, Criminologist and Lecturer at Université Laval. Author of 14 books.

Summary of presentation : Implementation of school mediation programs at the elementary school level: issues and limitations

School mediation is one of the mechanisms created in response to the current trend to report “violence in the schools.” A sort of catch-all solution to the excessive visibility of the identifiable day-to-day tensions in educational settings, school mediation asks numerous questions; these traditionally boil down to reconciling the regulating function of mediation with childhood status in a learning establishment, or to the benefits that can be derived from the practice of mediation in regard to the educational relationship.
Qualitative exploratory research begun in 2013 has investigated the originality of such mechanisms versus the practical constraints presented by the duty to respond to “violence” that is now imposed on learning establishments. Accordingly, semi-directed interviews were conducted in approximately ten elementary schools in Quebec – schools that nevertheless already have a culture conducive to the assumption and appropriation of such mediation programs. Focusing on the directions taken by various players engaged in the implementation of mediation projects within their respective environments, the results of this research will open the door to discussion of the concepts of culture and empowerment specific to these communities, and will evoke the limits that are set in this regard on social workers and professionals working in schools.

Summary of presentation : Victims and the concept of victim

Mr. Bernheim will first review the history of the use of the word “victim” and will then examine its evolution up to and including the 20th century. This will prepare participants for the presentation of a modern definition. Once that definition has been determined, a brief portrait of victimization in Canada will then be followed by a presentation on victims’ rights and how those rights are taken into account at the policy level.
In closing, the policy process of recognizing victims’ rights will be presented within a context of restorative justice.

2:30 – 2:45p.m. 

Health break 


2:45 – 4:00 p.m.



How Canada Does Restorative Justice : A Consultation on Values, Principles and Guidelines

[Translation English-French]
  • Mr Scott Harris, Assistant Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Correctional Service Canada
  • Mrs Lara Rooney, Policy Analyst, Policy Centre for Victim Issues, Justice Canada
  • Mrs Barbara Tomporowski, Senior Policy Analyst, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice; Co-chair, Federal-Provincial-Territorial Working Group on Restorative Justice; Restorative Justice Teacher, University of Regina

Summary of presentation:

Provide feedback on national restorative justice (RJ) values, principles and program guidelines, and hear the findings from a new report on RJ in Canada!
RJ staff, volunteers and advocates, victims service workers, police, lawyers, corrections workers, and others are invited to provide feedback on revised drafts of the Canadian “Values and Principles of RJ in Criminal Matters” and “RJ Program Guidelines for Criminal Matters.” Following a national dialogue facilitated by the Conflict Resolution Network Canada, these documents were developed by Justice Canada in 2004 to encourage the safe and effective use of RJ. In 2014, the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Working Group on RJ felt it was timely to review them given the growth of RJ and developments such as the Victims Bill of Rights Act. A number of changes are being suggested, so don’t miss this opportunity to contribute to the conversation!
This workshop will also present findings from a data collection report about RJ programs in the Canadian criminal justice sector. Information from 19 FPT departments in 12 jurisdictions provides a snapshot of RJ across much of Canada. Come and learn about the breadth of RJ, number of programs and referrals, kinds of models used, and much more!

Author and victim: Meetings in hospitals

[French only]
  • Mr Jean Pascal Thomasset, secretary general of the Institut National d’Aide aux Victimes Et de Médiation [national institute for aid to victims and mediation] (INAVEM) Federation 
  • Mrs Corinne Sapinet, testimony

Summary of presentation: 

For many years, our service has been developing work times or meetings with traffic accident victims or their families, in the event of fatal accidents, in cases where no further action is taken on a complaint, in cases of psychological follow-up or in cases of legal assistance.

Work to Give : Incarcerated Offenders Working to Give Back to Empoverished First Nations’ Communities

  • Mrs Sarah Jackman, Executive Director, Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society
  • Mrs Helen Brown, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
  • Mrs Melissa Taylor, Area Director, Fraser Valley Area Community Corrections

Summary of presentation :

It’s all about restorative justice, it’s that rippling effect of when you do something for others you can’t help become a better person who wants to keep giving”.  Incarcerated Aboriginal men in 3 Federal prisons in the Fraser Valley in British Columbia are engaging in meaningful work to make needed items for impoverished Tsilhqot’in peoples[1] in BC.  In this project, entitled “Work 2 Give” Aboriginal offenders are making clothing, furniture, toys and cultural items. This is a specific strategy to reduce inmates’ idle time to promote rehabilitation and community integration post-release.  In a 2-year study funded by the Movember Foundation of Canada to promote men’s mental health, our team is investigating the impacts of being engaged in Work 2 Give through the lens of restorative justice for inmates and the Tsilhqot’in families and communities.  In this lecture we will share images, narratives and research data about the Work 2 Give project for how it promotes restorative justice both within and beyond the prison. We will invite attendees to discuss how a Work 2 Give model can contribute to National restorative justice initiatives both within the Correctional Services of Canada and beyond within First Nations communities.

[1] Tl’etinqox, Esdilagh, Yunesit’in, Tsi Deldel, Tl’esqox and Xeni Gwet’in communities

Correctional Service of Canada: The Restorative Opportunities Program

[French only]
  • Mrs Renée Laframboise, Program Coordinator, Restorative Opportunities Program»
  • Mrs Évelyne Leblanc et Mr Luc Simard, Mediators, Restorative Opportunities Program
  • Mrs Sarah Bureau, testimony

 Summary of presentation:

The workshop will give explanations on the Restorative Opportunities Program implemented by the  Correctional Service Canada. What brings  a victim to express a willingness to participate in such a process with the offender? What happens when it is the delinquent who wants to be involved in a restorative justice process with the victim while this one is unaware of his request? Forgiveness: is it an objective of the restorative justice? What about the security of the participants engaged in such a process? We will adress the important notion that is  the preparation of the parties when a restorative justice approach is considered.

Elder Mediation Service:  Successes and Lesson Learned in Providing Specialized Conflict Resolution Services for Older Adults

  • Mrs Wendy Meek, Restorative Justice Practitioner, Community Justice Initiatives of Waterloo Region

Summary of presentation:

In 1974 Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada was the site of the first victim offender mediation.  Community Justice Initiatives of Waterloo Region (CJI) has grown from this event into a unique organization that implements restorative justice responses to new contexts – reintegration from prison, sexual abuse trauma– and more.  CJI is also going beyond individual programming to implement a “Just Community” where the first approach to conflict, crime and abuse is restorative.
One of CJI’s innovative programs is our Elder Mediation Service that offers older adults, their families, caregivers and other people in their lives a safe, respectful process to resolve conflicts and address elder abuse.  These issues also inhibit families from serious decision making affecting the senior’s life and well-being.  Every day we talk with older adults and their families about abuse and extremely complex conflict situations that have torn their families apart. Relationships they depend on are at risk which puts the senior at risk.
The conference presentation will present needs to consider when providing services specifically for older adults who are experiencing conflict and/or elder abuse and specialized approaches taken to assist with the joint meetings.  Through stories and examples, the presenter will also highlight successes and lessons learned.

The road to social mediation: what challenge(s) lie(s) ahead?

[French only]
  • Mrs Véronique Strimelle, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa
  • Mrs Alice Jaspart, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa

Summary of presentation :

The aim of the workshop is to reflect collectively on social or community mediation practices, with particular emphasis on the paths and roads that lead to mediation as well as the possible “challenges” that users may encounter there. Starting from data collected from “community” mediation services, “intercultural” mediation services and mediation services in the university community, we will examine “first contacts” between persons engaged in inter-individual conflict and mediators. We will try to see what these contacts reveal about the situations and perceptions of people who call upon a mediation service, their expectations and demands as well as the roles likely to be assumed by the mediators at this stage of the process. Through these queries, we hope to see emerge, during the course of the workshop, testimony and narratives of experiences that will flesh out the reflections and reflexivity of participants on the conditions conducive to the use of social mediation.


4:00 – 5:00 p.m.


Cocktail hour (cash bar)

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. 

Penitentiary victim-offender mediation program 25th anniversary celebration 

6:00 – 9:30 p.m. 


National Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award Presentation