The Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Services (VATJS) offers an alternative to the formal court process for Aboriginal people in the City of Vancouver. An Aboriginal Caucus comprised of representatives from Aboriginal political entities, community service providers and advocacy groups in the Vancouver region (such as the United Native Nations, Native Community Law Office Association of British Columbia, Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society) provide guidance, leadership and overall direction for the program. The program blends the concepts of restorative justice and community development. Restorative justice focuses on repairing the relationships among those affected by crime, the victim, the offender, their families and the community. Community development empowers individuals to formulate appropriate responses and strategies to deal with the crime and to directly participate in processes affecting the overall well being of the community. Bringing these objectives together, the VATJS utilizes a Community Council forum - made up of volunteers, an Elder, the victim and offender and their support people - to facilitate the discussion of the offence, its effects, and the causes of the behaviour that led to the offence. At the conclusion of the forum, a healing plan is developed with a goal towards making amends and positively reintegrating the victim and offender into the community.