February 18, 2016
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Blvd., Vancouver

Korczak Relief


Janusz Korczak’s Enduring Legacy: Social Paediatrics in Canada and Vancouver

Lecture Abstract:  Social Paediatrics focuses on addressing the social determinants of health of children, including poverty, marginalization and racism through protecting vulnerable children from the cumulative negative effects of toxic stress and traumatic experiences on human development. Social Paediatrics focuses on building and nurturing the network of support around the child – the Circle of the Child – founded on an appreciation of children’s inherent resiliency, and nurturing their capacity. It is a model based on science and evidence and promises to prepare children and adolescents for a successful and fulfilling adult life, in particular children and adolescents confronting the burden of stress and trauma.

Speakers:  Dr. Gilles Julien, one of the principle founders of the field of social paediatrics, Mrs. Hélène Sioui Trudel, a key proponent of actualizing the Conventions on the Rights of the Child in Canada, and Dr. Christine Loock, led the creation and development of the RICHER Social Paediatrics program in Vancouver

Moderator:  Dr. Curren Warf, Head of the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine of the Department of Paediatrics of BC Children’s Hospital and UBC.

Registration:  For more information and to register, please visit jklectures.educ.ubc.ca.  This event is free of charge.



This Centennial Session lecture is the fifth of six in the “How to Love a Child”, the Janusz Korczak Lecture Series which is devoted to key issues crucial to the well-being and rights of children and young people today.  The goal of the lecture series is to foster conversations among academics, professionals and child advocates from diverse fields concerned with the welfare of the child.

All lectures are free of charge and will be held at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Blvd.  Registration is required.

  • Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 7:00pm
    Keeping our Promise to Children: the Relevance of Korczak’s Legacy for Children Today
    Keynote Speaker: Mr. Irwin Elman, Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth of Ontario, President, Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates
  • Thursday, October 29, 2015, 7:00pm
    Janusz Korczak and the Importance of Listening to Children’s Voices in Education: Theory, Research, and Practical Strategies
    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Professor, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia
  • Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 7:00pm
    The Evolution, Current Status and Future of the “Best Interests of the Child” Principle in the Protection of Children’s Rights
    Keynote Speaker: Ann Cools, Senator for Toronto Centre-York
  • Thursday, January 21, 2016, 7:00pm
    The Human Rights of Aboriginal Children
    Keynote Speakers: Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond , BC Representative for Children and Youth, and Dr. Michael DeGagné, President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University
  • Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7:00pm
    Janusz Korczak’s Enduring Legacy: Social Paediatrics in Canada and Vancouver
    Keynote Speakers: Dr. Gilles Julien, Social paediatrician, president and founder of the Fondation du Dr Julien, Mrs. Hélène Sioui Trudel, Mediator, Health and Law Alliance, and Dr. Christine Loock, Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia and Social Paediatrics RICHER Program leader
  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 7:00pm
    Summary Lecture
    Keynote Speaker: Dr. James Anglin, Professor, School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria



Janusz Korczak (1879 – 1942) was born in Poland and was one of the world’s first child rights advocates; he must also be considered one of the greatest.  His influence on our contemporary thinking and discourse about childhood and childcare places him in the ranks of such luminaries as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Heinrich Pestalozzi and Maria Montessori and his impact on international child rights policies, laws and practices is unparalleled.

In addition, he was a brilliant doctor and superb writer of books for adults and young people, who during his life and since has inspired millions in his native country, across Europe and around the world.