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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. Presenters include Dr Rachel Birnbaum, Professor Nicholas Bala, Wayne Robertson QC, Dr Stephen Carter, Patricia Hébert QC, Dr Francine Cyr, the Hon Donna Martinson QC and many others. Check out the draft agendum to read our list of speakers and workshops.
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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 has been generously funded by a grant from the Alberta Law Foundation.
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.
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