“No justice, no peace”: Bridging restorative justice and peace advancement

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Sparked by anti-Black racism protests this past summer, the Centre for Peace Advancement team has been reflecting on our strengths and shortcomings as we work to confront and challenge white supremacy. Read Centre Coordinator, Michelle Jackett’s article in the Spring 2021 issue of Grebel Now.

Protesters display colourful signs saying "no justice, no peace" and "Black lives matter" while standing outside of Grebell

In the final weeks of May, Conrad Grebel University College released the Spring 2021 issue of Grebel Now, the college’s bi-annual publication featuring articles on alumni, faculty, current students, programs and stories from the community. This Spring, content focused on the growing significance of Restorative Justice (RJ) for scholars, practitioners and programs at Grebel in the years since RJ first emerged in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.

One of the articles featured in the issue is “No justice, no peace”: Bridging restorative justice and peace advancement written by the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement’s Coordinator and PACS Adjunct Lecturer, Michelle Jackett.

Jackett shares that “I first encountered Restorative Justice in a Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) class in 2010 at Grebel. Today, I can see how that learning environment drew me into the Restorative Justice field as much as the framework itself.”

While reflecting on the ongoing work of the Centre during the anti-Black racism protests of Summer 2020, Jackett recognized tension between the Centre’s focus on building peace and its justice-oriented strategy. The Centre continues to prioritize deep reflection on how to better foreground justice and dismantle systemic racism at the individual and institutional level.

Read the full article in the Spring 2021 issue of Grebel Now for more on the Centre’s reflections on peace, justice, and restorative efforts. View the full Grebel Now issue online, or as a PDF file to read more on Restorative Justice and the latest updates from Conrad Grebel University College.

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