RRC members are currently researching the impacts of historical trauma on restorative justice practice, both the ways in which these traumas enhance and impede our work with participants in the spaces we hold. We use talking circles, literature reviews, journaling, reflective practice in pairs and interviews in order to better understand our topic. Our work is conducted via a Participatory Action Research approach, a democratic research process where participants (traditionally “subjects”) take the lead in selecting study topics that are relevant for us and also carrying out that study in collaboration with academics and other helpers as needed.