There has been a renaissance of Indigenous legal systems across Canada over the last several years, showing up in the form of small community initiatives, new classes and degrees at law schools. In B.C., there is an alternative judicial process called Indigenous Court. The latest of these courts under development is on northern Vancouver Island, […]
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The Victoria Family Court and Youth Justice Committee meets on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen-speaking and WSÁNEĆ nations. We acknowledge and thank the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, also known as the Songhees, Esquimalt and Beecher Bay First Nations communities for allowing us to live on their lands.
The VFCYJC further acknowledges that the capital region spans the Traditional Territories of Coast and Straits Salish and Nuu-chah-nulth peoples and that, by virtue of being represented by all 13 municipalities, our committee is responsible to help build respectful and enduring relationships with our First Nations neighbours.
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A note from Restorative Justice Victoria's Julie Cormier,
Girls Circle Community Project, Program Manager
"Thanks to funding opportunities, we are offering two online programs staring in January, with a meet-and-greet taking place in December, for up to 8 girls, non-binary and gender diverse youth.
Girls Circle is a violence prevention program that aims to equip girls with the skills, knowledge and connections needed to grow their personal power, self-esteem and abilities to advocate for themselves. The weekly groups involve dynamic discussions and activities using critical education and social-emotional learning to center on their needs, experiences and intersections, compassionately respond to their barriers, challenges and strengths, and collectively challenge gender norms and cultural expectations. This is a trauma-informed, strength-based initiative that aims to serve girls who are experiencing low mental health and/or experiencing bullying, harassment or abuse.
As a participant-led circle, girls will explore a variety of topics, such as body image, self-care, gender stereotypes, interconnection, perspective taking, empathy and compassion, bullying and violence, self- and social awareness, values, identity mapping, and media and self-image. By boosting their critical thinking and social-emotional intelligence, girls are able to flourish beyond the confines of harmful cultural expectations of being a girl." ...
COVID-19 has compounded mental health issues amongst family, friends and coworkers, whether facing everyday life or changes in their work. Next Tuesday is #GivingTuesday. You can give the gift of counselling by donating to United Way http://ow.ly/aIOq50CtEQR #supportinglocal