Building Healthy Individuals & Healthy Families
The British Columbia Borstal Association is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that has been investing in community safety from a trauma-informed lens since 1948. We understand that trauma has a significant impact and the opportunity for prevention, intervention, and aftercare are imperative to support both individual and community wellness.
Building resiliency and healthier communities with less trauma and greater peace.
To improve personal and community wellness by providing treatment, support and education to British Columbians impacted by trauma.
- We believe that all people deserve dignity, fairness, and respect.
- We believe that all people can live in greater harmony with themselves and others.
- We believe that a trauma-informed approach to service supports community safety and individual wellness.
- We believe in the power of restorative justice to resolve conflict and reconcile relationships.
Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation
We acknowledge the impact on Indigenous peoples of residential schools and the systemic racism embedded in Canadian institutions, including the justice system. We acknowledge our part in those systems and, despite our best efforts, have often failed to prevent or alleviate the trauma experienced by those we serve. We accept the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (and other related reports). We commit ourselves, with humility, to be responsible for our own learning, to build relationships, and where possible to contribute to the journey of Reconciliation. We hope there will be practical ways to use our knowledge and expertise in support of Indigenous organizations and communities.