A Shared Life Sentence: Victim Voice and Healing in Restorative Justice, April 26 & 27, 2012 Calgary, Alberta

This event will be hosted by Spiritual Directions Centre during “National Victims of Crime Awareness Week” as part of the Centre’s commitment to healing through greater compassion for self and greater compassion for others as the foundation for sustainable community.


Margot Van Sluytman is an awarding winning poet, author, publisher and international speaker, whose father was murdered when she was an adolescent.  Her books include, Sawbonna: I See You, her real life story from murder to meaning, and The Other Inmate:  Mediating Justice – Mediating Hope.  She has shared the stage with Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, who enthusiastically supports Margot’s vision.

Glen Flett, the man who committed the murder was in trouble with the law since he was a child, and spent 23 years behind bars.  He is now the founder and co-facilitator of L.I.N.C. (Long-term Inmates Now in the Community). Glen believes strongly in, and presents internationally on the concept of restorative justice with its empowerment of victims and ultimate goal of a safer community for all.

A 90 minute film, Sins of My Father, has been made about Sebastián Marroquín, the son of Pablo Escobar, the famed Colombian drug lord.  It tells the story of his journey to healing through reconciliation with the sons of a man whom his father killed.  The film will be shown the evening of April 26.

Conference including lunch and film April 26:   $260

Early bird rate before March 1:  $235

Group rate for 5 or more before March 1: $225

April 26, evening and film: $30

 Call 403-210-2802 to register or go to www.spiritualdirections.com/conference

The Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime offers support, research and education to survivors and stakeholders.

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