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Alice MacKay room   Lower Level   Central Library, 350 West Georgia St.
Doors open 6:00 pm.  Event 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Free public event.     Please come early as seating is limited.

The purpose of this event is to introduce the concept of Restorative Justice and to foster an appreciation for the contribution that Aboriginal restorative practices and traditions can make to understanding our relationship with the natural environment.  Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the value of employing restorative practices in response to misdemeanours, bullying and criminal acts which are normally addressed by western legal processes.

This event is one of many celebrating Restorative Justice Week held in Canada, and throughout the world, from November 15-22, 2015. The theme for the week is Inspiring Innovation.  For more information, see:

The Presenters

Three distinguished speakers connect their life experiences to the healing role of Nature and its importance to restoring the relationship we need to have with others and with the world around us.

Piita Irniq is a well-known Inuit Elder, author and advocate for Inuit culture and language preservation. Peter played a key role in the creation of Nunavut Territory. A former Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth in the Nunavut Territorial Government, he has also served as Commissioner of the Territory. Piita is well-known for his attempts to restore Inuit who have lost touch with their language and culture to an Inuit way of understanding themselves and their relationships to others. He is now working with Corrections Canada, providing services to Inuit inmates in federal institutions in the Province of Ontario.

Frank Brown is a well-known First Nation’s advocate for RJ. He lives in his Heiltsuk village of Bella Bella.  His passion and commitment is reflected in his own experience as a 14 year old teenager in trouble with the law. After committing a serious offense, members of his family decided to find an alternative to incarceration to help Frank deal with his issues and challenges.  As a result, Frank spent 8 months isolated  on a nearby island which changed his life.  He is now not only a passionate advocate for Restorative Justice, he has felt the healing power of nature. Frank is a respected business person,champion of the resurgence of the ocean going canoe and culture , educator and advocate for social change.

Robin Gray is Ts’msyen from Lax Kw’alaams, BC, and belongs to Waap Liyaa’mlaxha, a Gisbutwada (Blackfish) House in the Gitaxangiik Tribe. She is also Mikisew Cree from Fort Chipewyan, Alberta.  She has a B.A.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Anthropology and a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Studies.  She is currently a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the University of California Santa Cruz. Articulate and a strong advocate for First Nations, Robin’s current work focuses on the repatriation of Ts’msyen cultural heritage. Her research interests include Indigenous conceptions of property and ownership, law, ethics and society, setter colonialism, decolonization and restorative methodologies.

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A partnership event with Vancouver Public Library and:

Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing  Centre Society
Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Society
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society
Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council
Vancouver Association for Restorative Justice
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology