China Sieger


Current/Actively taking Referrals from the Justice System

Length of Service
4 years

Geographic Area Served
Communities within the Peace Regional, Fairview, and Manning RCMP detachment zones. These include communities of Peace River, Fairview, Manning, Worsley, Dixonville, Nampa, Grimshaw, and their surrounding rural areas. This also includes the Indigenous communities of Lubicon Lake Band, Woodland Cree First Nation, and Duncan’s First Nation. We are willing to take referrals from RCMP, Victim Services, Crown, courts, schools, and community.

Age Restrictions

Service Provision Restrictions
No restrictions apart from geographical service area and for RCMP referrals, must include VSU involvement.

Types of referrals accepted
Experience to date with matters including theft, mischief, uttering threats, fraud, property crime, bullying, assault (minor).

Take Referrals for Serious Offences
Not at this time.

Victim Involvement
Victim participation is required

General administrative process for handling referrals
Referrals can be discussed prior to being officially made with the program

What forms are required?
Intake processes and forms for referrals from the Crown, VSUs and RCMP.

General info re: time to adjudicate RJ process
We communicate that we work as efficiently as program participants’ readiness and availability allows, with consideration to program capacity. After initial conversations with program participants we usually offer an estimated timeframe of when we expect to see a RJ dialogue occur, with the caveat that the completion of an agreement will add to that timeframe.

Other information provided to the referrer
It is our practice to offer occasional updates to advise of progress/challenges to the referrer or as requested by the referrer. We offer updates once an agreement is made with an actual timeline for its completion. If there are any anticipated or unanticipated delays throughout the process we communicate this too.

Case closure reporting
We provide a letter of outcome on letterhead to the referrer upon case closure. This letter may include a summary of the agreement if required and will include whether an agreement was completed or not.

Capacity to take on additional referrals
We have capacity to consider referrals on a case by case basis. Human resource and funding limitations may influence the number of referrals we can take.

A combination is used; paid staff and trained volunteers.

Facilitator Training Requirements
At least one recognized RJ facilitation model; Philosophy and principles of restorative justice ; Knowledge of legal safeguards for RJ in criminal matters; Basic understanding of root causes of crime, criminal justice system, services and supports available for victims and offenders, and impact of trauma; focused training on specific aspects of RJ processes (eg. referral, making initial contact, informed consent, participant preparation, organizing a dialogue, agreements, follow up); Cultural awareness. All facilitators (either staff or volunteer)are mentored by an experienced facilitator through co-facilitation prior to being a lead facilitator; For program staff facilitators – Victim Services training and RCMP security clearance, ASIST. As we build capacity for more serious charges, we will seek and mandate specialized training for cases involving domestic violence and serious physical and sexual assault.

Prosecutions Office Region
Edmonton and Region