The Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Services Society has entered into a funding agreement with the Department of Justice Canada to manage the Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Services Program.
The Program provides prevention, diversion and alternative measures to Aboriginal people in the City of Vancouver. The main objectives of the Program are to offer a restorative justice process which focuses on repairing the relationships among those affected by crime, the victim, the offender, their families and the community, while empowering individuals to formulate appropriate responses and strategies to deal with the crime and to directly participate in processes affecting the overall well being of the community. To accomplish these objectives, the Program utilizes a Community Council forum made up of volunteers, an Elder, the victim and offender and their support people to facilitate the discussion of the offence, its effects, and the causes of the behaviour that led to the offence. At the conclusion of the forum, a healing plan is developed with a goal towards making amends and positively reintegrating the victim and offender into the community.