Community Justice Initiatives Waterloo Region (CJI) is a non-profit organization known world-wide for starting the first modern Restorative Justice program.Restorative Justice is a way of addressing conflict and crime that engages the person who caused the harm, people who were affected by the harm, and the community.During our 40+ year history, we have continuously responded to community needs by creatively, and innovatively applying restorative justice principles to new problems. We believe the only limit to the power of restorative justice is the capacity of the human heart to change and grow.We provide conflict resolution services, support for people impacted by sexual trauma, assistance for families involved with child protection, reintegration support for adults returning to the community from prison or custody, and integration support for newcomer Canadian youth.
Our restorative justice programs are offered in Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, and the rest of the Waterloo Region and Wellington County in Ontario, Canada. Through research, speaking opportunities, and written resources our influence is global.
It is important that we recognize that our organization, Community Justice Initiatives is located on traditional Indigenous territories, home to the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Neutral Peoples. Our offices are situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land given in treaty in 1784 to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. CJI’s restorative practice worldview is deeply rooted within the spiritual and community practices of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. With this acknowledgement, we recognize and deeply appreciate the cultural and spiritual contributions of Indigenous peoples.
During our 40+ year history, we have continuously responded to community needs by creatively, and innovatively applying restorative justice principles to new problems. We believe the only limit to the power of restorative justice is the capacity of the human heart to change and grow.