How does it Work?

Through the NALSC’s proven Restorative Justice model, Community Youth Justice Workers (CYJWs) will receive Youth diversions from the courts, police, and probation officers in the communities that they serve.

Once diverted, the CYJW’s will plan for a Justice Circle to take place, where the youth will be afforded the opportunity to fully understand their behavior, and how it affected those  around them, in a manner that is traditionally and culturally suited to them.

Through the involvement of the victim, offenders and the community, the CYJWs will facilitate healing circles towards a resolution that affords reparation, healing and successful re-integration while preventing further harm. Youth will be held accountable for his/ her actions.

Examples of Common Referrals

A common list of charges are listed below, may be referred to the program. The referring party will consider all of the circumstances of the particular charge before deciding whether the offence may be referred to the Youth Justice Program.


  • Theft
  • Assault
  • Break and Enter
  • Breaches
  • Bullying
  • Uttering Threats

Post Charge:

  • Theft Under $5000.00
  • Break & Enter
  • Assault
  • Mischief Under $5000.00
  • Cause Disturbance
  • Breaches
  • Uttering Threats

Outcomes & Agreements

With dispositions through the Court, Youth may be required to do some form of Community Service work such as:

  • Apologies and apology letters
  • Community Service Hours
  • Restitution
  • Attending a treatment program
  • Attending school

Youth RJ Brochure

Intent of the Program

The Community Youth Restorative Justice Program aims to guide youth towards a better understanding of how their behavior affects others within the community. Once a referral is made, youth will work towards making amends by mending harm and giving back to the community in a meaningful way. through the process, youth will grain a new insight into the cause and effects of their behavior and how it affects those around them. This program also helps youth to develop new skills and interests, an build meaningful connections within their community.



Restorative Justice Circle "MAA-MII-CHI-KE-WIN"

Circle Participants

  • Victim and their Supports
  • Offender and their Supports
  • Key persons involved in helping the offender and victim: Youth Workers, Social Workers, Teachers, Counselors, etc.
  • Elders & Leadership