2017 Restorative Justice Symposium

Restorative justice is a growing movement that relates to criminal justice, law, education, social work and Indigenous studies. Restorative Justice Week takes place during the third week of November. It began in Canada in the 1990s, and has grown to be an international phenomenon. Nationally, there are events that increase awareness of the philosophy and practices of restorative justice. There are usually several events in BC.

Margot Van Sluytman composite

Margot Van Sluytman

The fourth annual Restorative Justice Week event will highlight the powerful story of restorative justice that took place following a murder that occurred in Canada. A family member of the victim (Margot Van Sluytman) and the perpetrator (Glen Flett) will speak together about their experience.

Margot and Glen spoke to CBC’s The Current recently about their experience of restorative justice. Glen was responsible for killing Margot’s father in Toronto during a robbery. In trouble with the law since he was a child, Glen spent 23 years in prison. After years of living a violent, crime-filled life, Glen began a personal transformation that resulted in his sentence being reduced by the Ontario Court of Appeal to 14 years to life.

Paroled in 1992, Glen is the founder and co-facilitator of LINC (Long-term Inmates Now in the Community), an organization based in Mission that assists long-term prisoners in reintegrating to life on the outside. As part of his healing process, he met with the daughter of the man he killed. Since that time, he and Margot have continued to speak and advocate for restorative justice and healing.

Margot is a highly respected and sought-after speaker, advisor and social justice advocate. She teaches and inspires audiences about how to be liberated from fear, anger, resentment and hatred. Her remarkable story of both restoring and re-storying her life after her father’s murder has been shared with Glen at her side and independently for many years.

During the event at TRU, Glen and Margot will share their stories and accept questions and feedback from the audience. The event will be dedicated to Dr. Camilla Sears, who was so passionate about highlighting the potential for restorative justice at TRU.


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Nov 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

TRU Faculty of Arts & TRU Faculty of Student Development | trurestorativejustice@gmail.com |

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