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Peacemaking and the Resolution of Conflict
Community Justice Initiatives Association (CJI) is a community-based non-profit society located in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. The organization has over 30 years of experience providing conflict resolution services in such settings as the criminal justice system, organizations, schools, businesses, and for private individuals.
CJI operates under a Restorative Justice framework.
Crime and conflict result in harm to people.
Restorative Justice seeks to heal and right the wrongs.
Focusing on the needs of the harmed
and of those responsible for the harm.
It encourages accountability, healing and closure for all.
CJI has pioneered and administered programs, training services and processes that result in meaningful, satisfying outcomes for a variety of conflict situations.
From a youth who participated in Restorative Youth Services:
Thank you for all your help with the community hours. I know what I did was wrong but you still managed to treat me respectfully, the way everyone wants to be treated. Thank you for your kindness. I promise you guys I won't be back unless it's to say "Hi" and how well I'm doing.
From a trauma survivor who participated in the Victim Offender Mediation Program:
CJI and their Restorative Justice programs put me on the path to peace. VOMP guided me through a peaceful conversation that enabled me to get answers to questions long unanswered. I was able to ask why it happened to me, and for the very first time, I was given reasons. Those reasons gave me understanding, with understanding...came peace.
From school personnel after participating in training conducted by Educating for Peacebuilding staff:
The whole school model of restorative practice - social responsibility is basic to everything we do at school. It was a good reinforcement/reminder in September about the importance of creating a sense of community in the classroom where children feel safe to express their feelings.
From a student:
Thank you for giving me the chance to be a part of this and learn so much. It has made me look at life in a completely different way and it's because of this (training)."
From a Community Development Worker regarding the Little Black Book (a listing of resources for youth in Surrey, Langley and Delta):
Personally, I have accompanied some of my meetings &/or discussions with youth by handing a Little Black Book to them, going through the resources that could most benefit them at the time. The Little Black Book's portability can serve as a constant reminder to a young person that support is just a phone call away.
From a workshop participant:
Great workshop, great trainer! I liked having the time given to us to reflect and ask questions. The trainer was patient and informative."