A True Restorative Spirit
George spoke at the first ever Alberta Restorative Justice Conference in 2007 where he revealed his winding journey from the debilitating experiences of life in a residential school to a person of forgiveness and integrity.
George was an instructor at Blue Quills First Nation College, a Member of the Board at Native Counselling Services of Alberta and a passionate advocate for Family Group Conferencing in North Eastern Alberta.
As a survivor of the Indian Residential School system, George was a tireless supporter of many First Nations families navigating the child welfare system. George brought a traditional approach to healing and always maintained that families need put their differences aside for the best interest of children
Read the transcript from George's heartfelt address in 2007
Nominations for the 2020 George Brertton Award are now open.
DEADLINE for Nominations: October 23rd at midnight
6th Annual George Brertton Award Recipient
Kimberly Gorgichuk is a young leader who is passionate about restorative justice, youth advocacy, education, and languages. Born in the northern Alberta hamlet of Eaglesham, Kimberly moved to Edmonton in 2016 to pursue a Bachelor of Arts with a combined major in French and Spanish, and a minor in Linguistics. It was shortly after moving to Edmonton in 2016 that Kimberly became involved with the Youth Restorative Action Project (YRAP), a for-youth-by-youth Youth Justice Committee based on the principles of restorative justice and youth advocacy. She began actively mentoring young people navigating the justice system before taking the lead in chairing restorative justice panels for young people and the people affected by their actions. Elected onto YRAP’s Board of Directors in 2017 as Secretary, she later moved into the role of Vice President, and then President in 2019. Kimberly has balanced this massive responsibility with her ongoing studies and work as a language tutor.