Restorative practices honor and support the strengthening of Indigenous communities.

In this adaptation of our flagship event, you will be introduced to restorative practice skills and Indigenous worldview concepts to strengthen relationships and respond to conflict in your family, community, classroom or organization.

  • Learn how to effectively address self-harm and other harmful behavior.
  • Explore ways to recover from intergenerational trauma.
  • Learn about life-giving responses to wrongdoing that promote thriving communities of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, as well as society as a whole. 
Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

This event asks, "How can we effectively address the transmission of violence linked to the experience of residential school and colonization?" To advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, focus will be placed on understanding the impact of historic trauma. Participants will be challenged to question their assumptions and harness the collective wisdom of everyone present. The restorative framework helps rebuild trust and restore a climate of respect — where people feel connected and supported, and communities can thrive.

November 4-8? - Alberta, Canada

Register now [link directly to event on basic rp page, this event will also show in the list with the words [Indigenous Stream] behind it.]

Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively - Days 1 & 2

Learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships with students, families, clients, employees and colleagues. You will learn how to set high expectations while being supportive, along with methods to resolve conflicts that build social capital.

Interactive experiences will bring you to a full understanding of restorative practices as a way of thinking and being, offering a framework for Indigenous values and cultural practices to be made expliciy in everyday life. Concepts such as the principle of inclusion can be transferred to the experience of other marginalized individuals and populations.

We devote the second day entirely to teaching attendees to facilitate restorative circles. The circle is symbolic of the Indigenous worldview and widely appreciated by people from any walk of life or social class.

By their structure, sharing circles provide action teaching of Indigenous concepts, such as interrelatedness and interconnectedness. The circle is a model used in both the symbolic realm, to convey teachings and promote the development of individual and community values, and on a practical level, as a structure for sharing and problem solving. By the end of the day, you will be prepared to return to your setting and run your first circle!

Facilitating Restorative Conferences - Days 3 & 4

Effective responses to incidents of conflict, wrongdoing and self-harm are the hallmark of restorative practices. We dedicate two full days to teaching you how to facilitate a formal scripted circle process to address incidents of wrongdoing such as racial conflicts, peer violence, verbal aggression and bullying, student and employee conduct issues, vandalism and theft.    

You will learn all the steps required to conduct a restorative justice conference, including how to: determine the readiness to participate of the person causing harm and the person impacted; prepare their support persons; and run the formal meeting itself.

Since we are substantially the products of our relationships, wrongful acts signal social disharmony. Restorative conferences allow individuals to begin the process of reconciling underlying relational disharmonies and move toward a positive sense of connection with oneself and others. 

Even if you are not responsible for conducting conferences, you will learn skills for managing your own emotions in the face of conflict. This will help you support wrongdoers to recognize their personal and communal challenges, learn from their mistakes and begin to build more positive relationships.

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Two-day registration options available (Days 1 & 2) (Days 3 & 4)

This event is presented by IIRP Canada in partnership with True Dialogue.

Gayle Desmeules

“The IIRP’s relational focus is harmonious with the Indigenous worldview: all living things are interconnected and interdependent for survival.”

Gayle Desmeules
IIRP Canada, Regional Representative for Western Canada
Alberta, Canada