In the Summer of 2021, The Restorative Justice Program of the Sunshine Coast hired employees through the Canada Summer Jobs Program. These employees helped with administrative tasks of the organization, while learning about the history and importance of Restorative Justice Practices and the foundation of Indigenous teachings and histories. Within this role, they developed skills in leadership, communication, and compassion, among others, while forming meaningful relationships with each other and with members of the Sunshine Coast community.
Take a look at some of the experiences these CSJ employees had this summer with the RJPSC!
Paddling Together with Gibsons Paddling Club
The Gibsons Paddling Club brought the CSJ employees on a paddle in the Dolphin Spirit Canoe around Keats Island and shared their experiences and wisdom from many years of paddling together and from the connections they've made on the Coast and with other communities. Teachings of the significance of the canoe for many of Canada's Indigenous peoples and communities was shared with great appreciation.
Airport Expansion Event
The RJPSC provided CSJ employees with the opportunity to learn how to set up a PA system for larger Restorative Justice Peace Keeper Circles hosted outdoors. After learning how to set up the equipment, the District of Sechelt invited the CSJ employees to put their new skills into action, and set up the PA system for the Sechelt Airport Expansion Event. At this event, Monisha and Julian got to meet the mayor and go on a flight in one of the airplanes!