The week is recognized in Canada, and throughout the World, to give residents an understanding of the role of community accountability programs that offer an alternative to the traditional justice system for individuals involved with minor incidents in the community.
“As coordinator for the South Okanagan Similkameen Restorative Justice Program, I am working on a series of events in recognition of Restorative Justice Week 2016,” said Mark Provencal, Community Policing Coordinator with Restorative Justice and Community Partnerships. “The South Okanagan Similkameen Restorative Justice program will be hosting a series of information sessions in all of the municipalities served by the program, including Keremeos, Oliver, Osoyoos, Penticton, Princeton, and an evening theatre event in Penticton.”
The Town of Osoyoos will be adopting the proclamation for Restorative Justice Week 2016 on Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Council Chambers.
The South Okanagan Similkameen Restorative Justice Program will be hosting Community Presentations in Osoyoos, Monday, Nov. 21 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Sonora Community Centre, and in Oliver Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Oliver Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.
The Community Presentations will consist of an introduction to the South Okanagan Similkameen Restorative Justice program, a screening of “Planting the Seeds”, a film produced by the BC RCMP on the Community Justice Forum, or the model of Restorative Justice utilized by the RCMP, and a question and answer period with the program coordinator.
The program will be hosting addition Community Presentations in Keremeos (Tuesday), Princeton (Thursday), and Penticton (Friday), as well as a special event, ‘An Evening of Justice and Theatre,’ in collaboration with the People’s Law School in Penticton, on Tuesday Nov. 22.
For further information, please call: 250.490.2372.