Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 9:30am

MCC Saskatchewan’s 3rd Annual Peace Conference, “Restoring Justice” will explore how to do justice better.

Responding to the biblical call to “do justice and love mercy,” we will look beyond the constraints of the current justice system to explore more human-centred approaches.

This virtual conference will take place on November 6. 

There will be two additional optional training workshops on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Join us as we hear from experts and those on the frontlines about the principles and practices of doing justice and building resilience in our communities.

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Conference Videos:
 

Opening Keynote: Biblical Perspectives on Peace and Justice:

In this presentation we will explore the Bible’s portrayal of a God who is just, who sets things right, and who is committed to restoring the world to shalom. God also calls us, as followers of Jesus, to participate in God’s work of shalom justice. We will consider one specific case from the letter of James, in which the church struggled to treat all people with equity. James’s words to them challenge us also to live justly by loving all our neighbours.

 

Restorative Justice and MCC:

This session will give an overview of MCC BC’s work in abuse response and prevention. Through the End Abuse program support circles are coordinated that hold spaces for women who have experienced abuse and men who have abused. The End Abuse program navigates the complexities of intimate partner violence and justice. In this workshop you will hear from support circle participants and coordinators about the impact and importance of this work and how healing can bring justice.

 

Neither Criminal Nor Cop:

In this workshop, Beverly and Dan explore their personal and community stories of criminalization. Like other criminalized people, Beverly and Dan were assured that the system which criminalized them was “good”, and they ought to adapt to it. This workshop asks what happens when criminalized individuals prosecute the system which targeted them. This provocative possibility is explored through Beverly’s work at CLASSIC Legal Services and Dan’s work as a lawyer and city councillor.

 

Exploring Indigenous Justice and Restorative Justice in British Columbia and Saskatchewan:

U of R professor Muhammad Asadullah led a collaborative research project (using a decolonized methodology) that looked at the relationship between restorative justice and indigenous justice. This workshop will look at the research findings, how to do research in a decolonial way, and hopes for the future.

 

Understanding Justice:

Hear voices from the frontlines unpack the concept of justice. Through story and personal experience, we will hear about work with ex-gang members and their families in the core communities of Saskatoon and at blockades in Wet’suwet’en territory as Coastal GasLink continues construction without consent from local Indigenous communities. What are the tensions between the rule of law and just outcomes? How might justice be redemptive or transformative? What does this mean for allies and the peace church?

 

Restorative Justice at Church:

In this workshop we will guide participants through practical steps that congregations can take to support people who have experienced sexualized harm – either through being harmed or committing harm. We will speak to range of harm, address power dynamics and using a trauma-informed lens, apply best practices to various case studies. This workshop is presented by the Safe Church Too group of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan.

 

Anti Racism Network's Justice League:

Systemic racism is embedded in Saskatchewan’s criminal justice system. Come and hear about how the Anti-Racism Network and its “Justice League” are responding by building relationships and promoting change within the system. Comprised of members of justice organizations and people with lived experience with the system, the League meets with system stakeholders to resource their efforts to dismantle systemic racism and walks alongside them as change occurs and is evaluated.

 

Closing and Calls to Action:

Hear our closing words and a call to action from Jacqueline Block, Chair, MCC Saskatchewan Board of Directors and Heather Peters, Peacebuilding Coordinator, MCC Saskatchewan.