Circle of Healing
[Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a two-part story on a restorative justice program in Washington County.]
The Yukon is a long way from Washington County. But a traditional practice of restorative justice used by the native populations in the westernmost Canadian province has found its way to the communities of Cottage Grove, Stillwater and most recently Woodbury.
It’s called community circles, a form of restorative justice that, according to its modern proponents, is a community-based process to respond to conflict in a manner that advances the well-being of individuals, families and the community.