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.

External link opens in new tab or windowUniversity of Notre Dame KROC Institute for International Peace Studies

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.

  1. Recognizing the Burdens of Long-Term Violence

  2. Eliciting Plans from Locals

  3. Conflict Transformation

  4. Insider-Outsider Links

  5. Dealing with Spoilers

  6. Identifying Obstacles to Strategic Peace Building

  7. Elicit, Evaluate, Elicit, Evaluate…

How is CDRJS involved in Strategic Peace Building?

Strategic Peace Building is a multi-dimensional approach to improving world peace, community peace, positive community awareness and engagement.  CDRJS has four significant project areas which directly support these concepts:

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.

Restorative Justice Training:  Currently, the systems that we experience on a daily basis to regulate and control human behaviour are based largely on rule and consequences, a punishment based system.  Rules and regulations are necessary in given situations.  Restorative Justice outcomes are specific to the group who are engaged in finding that solution. It is conceptually different and requires a change in mindset in order to successfully facilitate. Punishment based solutions are simple in that it involves a matching process between act and consequence and because we have daily experience and history with that type of processing, it is relatively easy to overlay a punishment solution with the intention of doing restorative justice. 

CDRJS trains and mentors the growth of individuals who wish to be Restorative Justice Facilitators.

External link opens in new tab or windowEK Humanity Network:  CDRJS has recently been accepted as one of several provincial groups who will focus on addressing issues of hate and racism in BC.  We are honoured to be given this recent recognition and support and it will further the previous work of OARH which CDRJS has been engaged in for the past 10 years.  Provincially this initiative is called Resilience BC and we are exciting about the direct and support it will provide.

Hate and Race Based Incident Response: CDRJS is a local representative for the BC Hate Crimes Team.  We work in conjunction with local and provincial RCMP to indentify, investigate potential crimes associated with offenses to self and indentity.

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)


External link opens in new tab or windowTaken from Report Hate Crime

Civil Forfeiture Grants

CDRJS was awarded a grant from Civil Forfeiture to support training and coordination of Restorative Justice in this region. 

"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, External link opens in new tab or windowclick here

CDRJS Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2020

Was held on

March 12, 2020

4:30 PM

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.

Stepping Forward

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

The Constitution and Bylaws are a living document - as the society changes and growths, the document should reflect and record those changes.  Following the AGM in March, there have been two changes made to the Bylaws and correctly registered with the BC Registry for Societies.  The changes are also noted on our website and the full document can be view by following this link.

The changes:

Cycle for Criminal Record Checks

A requirement of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, all individuals who are working directly with children and vulnerable adults must have an acceptable Criminal Record Check, CRC.  In addition, under 4.10, Qualification of Directors, all Board Members must also maintain an acceptable CRC.
Prior to the recent changes to the Bylaws, there wasn't a cycle for re-examination of CRC for either facilitators or board members.  The Bylaws now read:

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

A quorum is established as the minimum number of individuals who have the responsibility of decision making in a formal meeting.  If the minimum number of directors is not present at a meeting, news items and updates are discussed and items requiring decisions of the board are tabled for the next available opportunity. The usual standard for bylaws is the simple majority of the board plus 1.
With Covid, social distancing and the reliance on remote connection to meetings, there is a need to further define when business can be conducted.  The Bylaws now read:

Quorum of Directors

7.2 The Directors of a Society may pass a Directors' resolution without a meeting if all of the Directors, or lesser number of those Directors, reach consensus on the resolution.

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.



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