Yukon Restorative Justice & Diversion Program
Description: This presentation will provide information on the Government of Yukon’s new Integrated Restorative Justice Unit and on restorative justice & diversion services available to clients in the criminal justice system. This presentation will be focused on types of services available, on restorative processes and best practices, and on restorative justice for justice transformation. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion at the end of the presentation.
Presenter: Christina Laing, Manager of Integrated Restorative Justice, Community Justice & Public Safety, Department of Justice, Yukon Government. Christina has worked in the Criminal justice field since 2009, and specifically in Indigenous restorative justice practices. She holds a Bachelor of Human Justice and a Master of Arts from the University of Regina. Christina’s initial introduction to restorative justice practices started when she took a position as a victim/offender mediator with an Indigenous community organization out of Regina, Saskatchewan. Following that, Christina moved to northern Saskatchewan to run the Alternative Measures/Extrajudicial sanctions program out of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council servicing nine First Nation communities. During her time with the Tribal Council Christina expanded her portfolio to take on sentencing circles, re-integration circles, and training of all new mediators in victim offender reconciliation across the province. Following Christina’s work at the Tribal Council, she took on a position with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice Dispute Resolution office facilitating civil and criminal mediations, government and crown negotiations and leading provincial sentencing circle training.
In 2017, Christina moved to Whitehorse to work with the Government of Yukon’s Department of Justice, Public Safety and Investigations Branch in crime prevention and community policing. She spent over two years with the department before taking a temporary assignment with Kwanlin Dün First Nation to manage their new restorative justice practices and community safety initiatives. Christina is now leading the Government of Yukon’s new Integrated Restorative Justice Unit.
In addition, Christina teaches the Alternative Dispute Resolution in Municipal Government course at Seneca College for the Public Administration program through the School of Legal and Public Administration in Ontario.