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Dignity for Children and Youth: It Takes a Village

February 22 @ 9:00 am - February 24 @ 4:00 pm

Dignity for Children and Youth: It Takes a Village

Dates: February 22 – 24, 2023
Location: Taylor Institute of the University of Calgary* and Online
Free to attend.

A conference that focuses on effective, respectful practice in the field of domestic violence by centering the work on the safety and dignity of children and youth.

Guest speakers include:

• Donny Riki, Psychotherapist, Aotearao (New Zealand)
• Dr. Shelly Dean, Centre for Response-Based Practice, Kamloops, B.C. (in-person)
• Dr. Cathy Richardson, Director First Peoples Studies, Concordia University (in-person)
• Dr. Allan Wade, Centre for Response-Based Practice (In-Person)
• Ann Maje-Raider, Executive Director of Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society (LAWS), Yukon
• Mary Maje, LAWS Board Member – (In-Person)
• Arnold Viersen, Member of Parliament, Peace River, Alberta. (Virtual)
• Kate Alexander; Executive Director, Office of the Senior Practitioner at the Dept. of Family and Community Services, NSW, Australia – (Virtual)
• Kimberly Chiswell; Social Justice Therapist, NSW, Australia (Virtual)
• Nick Todd, Psychologist, Alberta Health Services
• Wade Belt, Practice Advisor at FearIsNotLove
• Susan Predy, Manager of Reviews and Investigations for the Representative for Children and Youth BC, Associate, Centre for Response-Based Practice (Virtual)
• Ruby Barclay, Child and Youth Critical Injury and Death Investigator for the Representative for Children and Youth BC, Associate, Centre for Response-Based Practice (Virtual)
• Renee-Claude Carriere; Assistant Director, Kaushee’s Place, Whitehorse, Yukon (Virtual)
• Julie LaLiberté, Youth for Dignity, LAWS- (Virtual)
• Meghan Donovan, Talita, Sweden (Virtual)

• Indigenous Elder Marion Lerat – Welcome and Opening Prayer
• Tom Ewenin – Honour Song

View the conference agenda

Who should attend?

Professionals working with victims, people who use abuse, children, youth, and families in domestic violence, including: counsellors, advocates, social workers, police, legal and justice professionals.

What will you learn?

  • Dignity-centered practice
  • A framework for violence intervention
  • Honouring resistance
  • How to analyze and use language to help clients
  • Creating positive social responses
  • Working with people who use abuse
  • Decolonizing and indigenous community work in issues of violence

Click Here to Register!

As we have a limited capacity at the venue, please consider attending virtually if you cannot attend the majority of the conference in person. Thank you.

In collaboration with the Centre of Response Based Practice

Funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada

*This event is not affiliated with nor endorsed by the University of Calgary


February 22 @ 9:00 am
February 24 @ 4:00 pm


Taylor Institute of the University of Calgary
434 Collegiate Blvd NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 Canada
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(403) 220-4949
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