A restorative justice training session was held last week in Terrace.
Retired RCMP corporal James Cooley oversaw the sessions. He was also the BC director for restorative justice, as well as a national advisor for the RCMP.
Cooley says restorative justice works well for both the victims and offender.
Cooley is also from the Kitsumkalum First Nation, and says the concept of restorative justice, where the offender meets his victims and the community in a circle, has roots in First Nations traditions.
He says community buy-in is important for restorative justice to work, even if there are people who want a tough on crime approach to offenders.
But he says studies show restorative justice has a much lower recidivism rate for offenders.
Cooley says it’s because restorative justice takes a holistic approach to why the offender did what he did and how a community can work together to prevent it from happening again.