Alberta Conflict Transformation Society (ACTS) is a restorative justice agency that provides community conferencing, training and education to the community. ACTS foundational program, community conferencing endeavors to change the manner in which the community currently deals with conflict and crime. ACTS principles stem from restorative justice values of respect accountability, early intervention/prevention, inclusiveness, capacity building, reducing harm and voluntary participation.
ACTS works with the Edmonton Public Schools, the Edmonton Police Service and the Alberta Court System in providing a restorative justice process for youth and adults. Community Conferencing is a restorative justice process that can be used to deal with incidents of conflict or crime that affects the community.
ACTS also works closely with the Edmonton Public School Board to ensure youth, as students, their families and teachers, learn a restorative approach through Community Conferencing and conflict resolution, to address conflict teachers and students face at school.
Restorative justice is a philosophical approach to responding to crime (and conflict) aimed at repairing the harm caused by a criminal act (or conflict) and restoring the balance in the community affected by the crime (or conflict). In this approach crime is understood as a violation against individuals, families, and communities, as well as against society.