Restorative inquiries and hope: learning and healing in universities, deaths in custody and institutional settings

Drawing on Jennifer’s experiences, including:
• the Dalhousie University Dental School Restorative Justice process responding to Facebook based sexual harassment of female students by male students;
• the Restorative Inquiry into the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, where significant abuse occurred over many years; and
• a recent restorative process relating to a death in custody.
she will describe these processes and their capacity for engaging those who were harmed, those who caused the harm and those who will have responsibility for bringing about changes.

Restorative inquiries create a shared space to develop solutions, to make changes and to bring hope for the future. They can also give rise to resistance, which needs to be understood and addressed. Jennifer will discuss some of these complexities in the context of her experiences in these inquiries.