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A two-day national symposium gathering 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 will generate innovative proposals for policy reform, best practices, and recommendations for future research about children’s participation in justice processes.
The symposium features 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 include Dr. Rachel Birnbaum, Prof. Nick Bala, Patricia Hébert QC, Dr. Francine Cyr, the Hon. Gillian Marriott and many others. Read the agendum for a full list of speakers and workshops.
The symposium is recognized and accredited for up to 12.5 CPD hours with the Law Society of British Columbia, and may be claimed by members of the Law Societies of Albera and Upper Canada.
Thank you to all workshop presenters and participants, and to all scribes, workshop chairs and presenting chairs, for making this symposium a success. Did you attend the symposium? Please fill out your evaluation by 29 September 2017. Your feedback is important!
A special half-day conference on Canadian family law designed for mental health professionals, and anyone who is not a justice system professional, will precede the symposium. The conference will discuss 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 will help set the scene and provide valuable additional context for the work of the symposium.
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 has been generously funded by a grant from the Alberta Law Foundation.
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