On June 27 and 28, more than 400 people from all over the globe attended the 2016 Restorative Conference held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The conference, entitled, “A Restorative Approach to Climate and Culture in Education, Workplaces, and Professions,” offered a variety of workshops aimed to help create inclusive and healthy communities. Nova Scotia has a rich history in applying restorative justice practices in a variety of spectrum, such as workplaces, schools, and communities and are now applying these practices in the youth and adult justice systems.
Jennifer Llewellyn, a renowned restorative justice expert and conference co-chair said, “The conference helped us think about how to secure just relationships to form healthier communities. We’ll continue to examine what we should do when things go wrong, share our experiences in taking a restorative approach, and learn from each other. And we plan to come back together again, and again, and again locally, nationally and internationally to continue these conversations about the important work we’re doing.”
For a more in-depth review of the conference, see http://www.dal.ca/news/2016/07/25/restorative-justice-leaders-gather-in-halifax-to-share-expertise.html. Dalhousie University was one of the sponsors of the 2016 conference.