The Human Rights of Aboriginal Children
Lecture Abstract: Children are among the most vulnerable of Canada’s citizens. Despite protection under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child many young people remain marginalized in our society. Aboriginal children are amongst those who are the most at risk. They are more likely to live in poverty, have poorer health status and are disproportionately represented in the youth justice and child welfare systems. They have higher suicide rates, lower high school graduation rates and are more likely than their non-Aboriginal peers to become homeless. Aboriginal girls and young women are at particular risk of becoming victims of violence and sexual exploitation. This joint lecture will focus on the significant challenges Aboriginal children face in exercising their human rights.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth, and Dr. Mike DeGagné, President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University
Moderator: Dr. Grant Charles, Associate Professor at the School of Social work and the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the University of British Columbia
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 fourth 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
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.