Human kind has not woven the web of life,
we are but one thread within it.
What we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect
— Chief Seattle

The simple concepts of traditional healing and accountability over punishment and isolation has led us to where we are now with Transformative Justice programs all over the country.

Our Mission

The Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Service Society (VATJSS) is a non-profit agency that provides justice, homelessness and outreach prevention services to Aboriginal people within the Metro-Vancouver area.

The justice service provides offenders and victims with satisfying and culturally appropriate alternative to the mainstream criminal justice system. The services are a non-adversarial, non-retributive approach to justice that emphasizes healing in victims, meaningful accountability of offenders, and the involvement of community members in creating a healthier and safer community.

The Aboriginal Homeless Outreach Program assist individuals and families who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless in maintaining or finding housing within the community, also supports formerly homeless people as they face the challenges associated with maintaining their new homes and lives.

What We've Achieved

We have created many different resources and methods of healing and restoring our communities.  Here are but a few examples of the services, resources and opportunities we have created.