Alberta Office of the Child and Youth Advocate and the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family

 

 

Children's Participation in Justice Processes: Finding the Best Ways Forward

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The Record of Proceedings is now available for download.

Hyatt Regency
Calgary, Alberta
15 & 16 September 2017

 

A two-day national symposium that brought together a broad, multidisciplinary spectrum of leading stakeholders to share information and dialogue about how the voices of children and youth are heard, how their interests are protected and how their evidence is received in justice processes. The symposium was designed to generate innovative proposals for policy reform, best practices, and recommendations for future research about children’s participation in justice processes; read about these outcomes in the symposium Record of Proceedings.

The symposium featured keynote speakers Sheldon Kennedy of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre and Dr. Nicole Sherren of the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, with a special appearance by the Hon. Kathleen Ganley, Alberta Minister of Justice. Presenters included Dr. Rachel Birnbaum, Prof. Nicholas Bala, Patricia Hébert QC, Dr. Francine Cyr, the Hon. Gillian Marriott J. and many others. Thank you to all speakers, workshop presenters and participants, and to all scribes, workshop chairs and presenting chairs, for making this symposium a success!

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Fundamentals of Family Law in Canada

Pre-Symposium Conference
14 September 2017

 

A special half-day conference on Canadian family law designed for mental health professionals, and anyone who is not a justice system professional, preceded the symposium. The conference discussed the law on parenting and the care of children after separation, contemporary dispute resolution processes, and the traditional and emerging ways that the views and voices of children and youth are presented in those processes. The conference was designed to help set the scene and provide valuable additional context for the work of the symposium.

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Finding the Best Ways Forward is a project of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family and the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Alberta, and was generously supported by a grant from the Alberta Law Foundation.

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