These resources are intended to help anyone who serves the public, including lawyers, address sexual harassment complaints and understand various issues that affect clients who are navigating workplace sexual harassment.
Best Practices when Working with Trans and Non-Binary Clients
In this video, presenter Shae Morse speaks about common barriers and issues that trans and non-binary people face when accessing legal help. Shae provides concrete tips for how you can make your legal practice a safer and more inclusive space for clients across the gender binary.
Video: Understanding needs and concerns of trans and non-binary clients
Best Practices when Working with African Nova Scotian Clients.
Video: Highlighting the African Nova Scotian Community
Restorative Approaches Learning Hub
Restorative approaches offer us a shift in our understanding of justice. While Indigenous communities have always understood the value of this way of being and working, settler spaces are increasingly adopting and adapting these ways of working into their organizations. We hope to expand awareness and understanding of these powerful alternatives to traditional justice processes.
This section is devoted to educational content related to restorative approaches and restorative justice. Learn how to incorporate a restorative approach into your practice or service provision, explore the potentials of this method in cases of workplace sexual harassment, and deepen your understanding of this lens.
Restorative Approaches Podcasts
Sexual Harassment at Work: Restorative Justice
Episode 3: Connected Workspaces, Even in Difference
Host Shila LeBlanc speaks to peacebuilder and conflict facilitator Maureen St Clair about how to nurture connected workplaces while holding space for the differences between us. Maureen gives us insight into what it means to cultivate our capacity to connect with others, even those we disagree with.
Episode 2: The Potential of Restorative Investigations
Host Shila LeBlanc speaks to restorative advocate and expert Jake MacIsaac about restorative investigations and how this way of working shifts traditional processes for the better. Learn about the value of this principled approach in instances of workplace sexual harassment.
Episode 1: Where does Restorative Justice Fit?
Host Shila LeBlanc speaks to distinguished restorative expert Jennifer Llewellyn about the potentials of the restorative model in cases of workplace sexual harassment. Learn about what this principled approach has to offer for harmful situations in the workplace.
Restorative Approaches Educational Videos
Learn about the benefits of restorative approaches and how to employ them in your practice. Shila provides concrete and practical guidance to support legal counsel and service providers in employing restorative approaches in their working relationships.
Understanding Restorative Approaches: This video provides a useful overview of what "restorative" actually means and where this approach fits into justice services today. Join Shila as she reviews the foundations and principles of this method, giving you clear information on what qualities and conditions create restorative working relationships with colleagues and clients (and family and community). Learn about the differences between restorative justice and restorative approaches and how the restorative lens differs from traditional justice frameworks.
Working Restoratively: This video provides concrete and practical information on how to work with clients in a restorative way, especially for those who are victims of workplace sexual harassment. Join Shila as she gives you tips and tricks on how to have a restorative first meeting with clients. Learn how to support your client as they navigate complex legal processes.
About the Instructor
Shila LeBlanc (Shy-la, she/her pronouns) is a queer settler and practitioner of restorative facilitation and restorative justice. Her mission is to expand awareness and access to restorative methods given their powerful potential for justice and healing in micro and macro ways. She founded Restorative Approach which offers restorative conflict services as well as restorative education for organizations and individuals. She has worked as a caseworker in restorative justice, as an investigator at the NS Human Rights Commission, and specializes in conflict resolution. She is frequently involved in community projects, loves volunteering, and facilitates the KAIROS Blanket Exercise as recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. You can reach her at [email protected]
Restorative Approaches Resource List
Resources on Indigenous roots of restorative approaches:
- University of Queens research reading list for Indigenous Peoples and restorative justice
- Decolonizing Indigenous Restorative Justice is Possible - Research by John George Hansen
- International Institute for Restorative Practices: Restorative Justice Practices of Native American and Other Indigenous People of North American Part 1
- International Institute for Restorative Practices: Restorative Justice Practices of Native American and Other Indigenous People of North American Part 2
International resources for restorative approaches:
- International Institute for Restorative Practices
- Short 2 minute video on restorative practices (from International Institute for Restorative Practices)
Restorative approaches in NS:
Restorative justice in NS:
Last updated: Sept 2021