The Restorative Justice program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Attorney General and operated through a Restorative Justice Liaison that serves as the link between TI, Inuit clients, the courts and the Crown.
Restorative Justice (RJ) is an approach to justice in which the response to a crime, is to organize a conference between the victim and the offender, and sometimes with representatives of a wider community as well. The goal is to negotiate for a resolution to the satisfaction of all participants involved.
The aim of the program is to eventually divert Inuit clients from the traditional court system (which often involves incarceration) to Restorative Justice, culturally-based practices. This will provide an opportunity for Inuit clients to tell their story and accept responsibility for and acknowledge the harm caused. It also allows for them to hear how their behaviour affected others and participate in determining how to repair the harm.