Cranbrook and District Restorative Justice Society CDRJS
Strategic Peace Building
Peacebuilding is the development of constructive personal, group, and political relationships across ethnic, religious, class, national, and racial boundaries. It aims to resolve injustice in nonviolent ways and to transform the structural conditions that generate deadly conflict. Peacebuilding can include conflict prevention; conflict management; conflict resolution and transformation, and post-conflict reconciliation.
Peacebuilding becomes strategic when it works over the long run and at all levels of society to establish and sustain relationships among people locally and globally. Strategic peacebuilding connects people and groups “on the ground” (community and religious groups, grassroots organizations, etc.) with policymakers and powerbrokers (governments, the United Nations, corporations, banks, etc.) It aims not only to resolve conflicts, but to build societies, institutions, policies, and relationships that are better able to sustain peace and justice.
Peace Building Definitions and Strategies
There is no single process or strategy used in peace building because no two situations are ever the same. However, the United States Institute of Peace identifies seven key components of strategic peace building to incorporate into any plan.
Recognizing the Burdens of Long-Term Violence
Eliciting Plans from Locals
Dealing with Spoilers
Identifying Obstacles to Strategic Peace Building
Elicit, Evaluate, Elicit, Evaluate…
How is CDRJS involved in Strategic Peace Building?
Restorative Justice: is a process which directly involves the community in addressing crime in the community. It brings groups of individuals who have been linked through a difficult situation and fosters a dialogue centered on addressing the harm done and encourages the potential for forgiveness.
The BC Hate Crimes Team works with local police detachments to investigate the criminal offenses and to protect sense of self and identity. For non-emergency questions about hate crimes, resources, training or education, please contact the BC Hate Crimes Team:
Phone: 1-855-462-5733 (toll free)
Civil Forfeiture Grants
"British Columbia is committed to a restorative justice approach that considers the involvement of victims, offenders and communities in achieving justice and addressing the harm caused by crime."
The Civil Forfeiture Grant program directs some the proceeds of crime back into services and opportunities which will support communities, identified groups who are experiencing or subject to criminal influences and programs such as CDRJS who work to support community engagement in community difficulties associated with crime.
We are grateful for the recognition and the financial support.
For more information on the Civil Forfeiture Grant Program, click here
CDRJS Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2020
Was held on
Room 202 – 125 10th Ave S, Cranbrook BC
Stepping Somewhere Different
We wish to thank Avery Hulbert and Brandon Veenstra for their service to CDRJS as Board Members and their contributions to the community through their support of Restorative Justice. Thanks and safe travels along your new paths.
We also wish to thank Shaunee Murphy for her recent appointment to the Board of CDRJS. Shaunee has an abundance of energy and interest in Restorative Justice. CDRJS and the community will benefit from her addition to the board and the contributions she will make.
For a look at the reports shared during the AGM, please follow this link
Changes to the Constitution and Bylaws
Cycle for Criminal Record Checks
2.3 Every member shall uphold the constitution and comply with:
(a) these bylaws
(b) the Society’s Contract of Confidentiality
(c) the Notification Agreement
(d) maintaining an acceptable Criminal Record Check if working on the Board of Directors or unsupervised access to children and vulnerable adults
(e) the Criminal Record Check would be renewed on a cycle of 3 years (new 2020-03-12)
Quorum of Directors' Meetings
Quorum of Directors
7.3 The minimum number of Directors present, online or in person is 2 in order to establish a quorum and conduct business. (new change 2020-06-16)
For full reference to the Constitution and Bylaws, please follow this link.