Relational justice: Creating a culture of restoration and accountability within St. Mary's Elementary School Community
In this project, we introduce educators and guardians to the foundations of RF RJE, and then reflect on how it aligns with their personal and professional contexts, a space is created where RF RJE’s core principles (e.g., honouring self-worth and interconnectedness) can result in a transformation; educators becoming intentional about engaging relationally specifically to our education system. From here, this project provides opportunity for teachers to implement specific, practical activities, and pedagogy that makes it possible to shift the culture of the classrooms and schools within which they work. The project provides a clear framework for adults, children, and youth of NL that they can connect with and return to regularly to assess their experiences. In addition, of particular importance at this time in history, it also create a bridge to aboriginal ways of knowing and being, and is a clear expression of intent to meet the Truth and Reconciliation Recommendations to which Memorial is committed. This project has potential for initiating healing and belonging for society in profound ways.
Overall, this project increases understanding of youth needs and experiences, that of their guardians, and translates the knowledge in ways for school staff and stakeholders to use, who can help support youth in culturally and regionally specific ways. This project was designed to make a significant difference in the lives of the people of NL, particularly our vulnerable youth population; it both mobilizes “Memorial for public engagement” and cultivates “the conditions for the public to engage with” Memorial.