All About CDRJS
Welcome to Cranbrook and District Restorative Justice Society (CDRJS).
Although restorative justice has been offered in Cranbrook and District since 2000, CDRJS became a nonprofit society in 2007.
The goal and function of CDRJS is to provide:
- Restorative Justice as an alternative to the formal court process.
- Public awareness of restorative practices.
- Training in restorative measures and certify facilitators
- Restorative Justice as a conflict resolution process for other ministries and nonprofit organizations.
- Support and Administration for the Humanity Network.
- Support and Administration for the Organization Against Racism and Hatred (OARH)
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)