Victoria City Hall (City of Victoria)

The province announced it would would be distributing $3 million to restorative justice endeavors throughout BC.

According to the BC government, restorative justice is an approach to justice that aims to repair the harm done to the victim by providing them with the opportunity to speak with the perpetrator and discuss the harm that was done, as well as how to address their needs in the aftermath of a crime.

This method of reconciliation is utilized by many cultures, including several First Nations within BC.

“Restorative justice can be crucial for people’s healing from harm and injustice, benefiting both the victim and the offender,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

“Restorative justice processes can positively impact our communities by improving public safety, empowering local communities to understand the root causes of crime, and helping reduce recidivism by holding offenders meaningfully accountable for their actions.”

Currently, BC has 83 restorative justice programs, with 31 of them being Indigenous-run.

Since 2017, BC has provided approximately $3.4 million to 125 community-based restorative justice projects.

The newly allocated $3 million aims to further enhance these programs and support work in capacity development, stakeholder engagement, awareness building, and partnership development.

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