TEDWG Restorative Justice Facility Action Plan
The TEDWG identified the need to re-think the traditional correctional facility model for the Thompson Region, given its outsized impact on Northern Manitoba without comparable personal or community benefits to the Region. TEDWG stakeholders and other community partners articulated a coherent vision for a unique institution custom fit to the patterns of behaviour existing in the north and the needs of northern communities. Local and regional stakeholders identified the links between existing systemic failures and instances of recidivism, youth and gang violence, and economic stagnation (or disengagement) across Northern Manitoba. Working together with a range of community partners, the TEDWG developed an innovative ‘northern solution by and for northerners’ whose goal is to reduce repeat offenders and prepare inmates for life outside, as productive members of society.