PROGRAM OVERVIEW

BIC_conference

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Time: 7:30 AM - 5:00PM
Location: TCU Place (Centennial Hall A), Saskatoon SK

7:30am

Conference Registration

8:15am

Opening Remarks and Opening Aboriginal Song

Ken Acton, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Social Services, Government of Saskatchewan
Michael Atkinson, Executive Director, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
Dion Tootoosis, Aboriginal Languages and Cultural Cordinator, Indian Teacher Education Program, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan

8:30am

Keynote Presentation

Nicholas Bala, Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University

9:00am

Session 1: Our Vulnerable Children

Canada’s criminal justice system and legislation such as the Youth Criminal Justice Act play an important role in Canada’s response to youth crime.  However, is it the most effective strategy for reducing levels of youth crime? How well does it reflect the developmental or mental health needs of children and youth?  How does it fit within a long-term strategy for producing mature and law-abiding adults? Join us in a thought-provoking panel discussion as we explore answers to some of these questions.

Panelists include:

  • Sanjev Anand, Dean, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan
  • Nicholas Bala, Professor, Faculty of Law, Queens University
  • Ross Green, Q.C., Judge, Provincial Court of Saskatchewan
  • Brian Rector, Executive Director, Research and Evidence-based Excellence, Ministry of Justice, Government of Saskatchewan

This session is being moderated by Heather Heavin, Assistant Professor, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan

10:00am

Wellness Break

10:15am

Session 2: Children in Crisis

How does our society respond to the most vulnerable among us?  Public interventions to ensure the safety and security of children are critical. What are the challenges in identifying and responding to children in crisis?  How are government and non-government organizations responding to these challenges? Join leading thinkers and innovative practitioners in a discussion about some of the challenges we face and opportunities to consider going forward.

Panelists include:

  • Cheryl Milne, Director, Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights
  • Garry Prediger, Executive Director of Child and Family Services (acting), Service Delivery, Ministry of Social Services, Government of Saskatchewan 
  • Ailsa Watkinson, Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina

This session is being moderated by Wynne Young, Executive-in-Residence, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

11:15am

World Café

Small group discussions on topics arising from the morning sessions will be facilitated by Sheryl Mills, Gwenna Moss Centre, University of Saskatchewan

12:00pm

Lunch served

12:30pm

Keynote Presentation

Bob Pringle, Provincial Child Advocate, Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth

1:15pm

Session 3: Children’s Well-being

How is Saskatchewan improving the health of children through health and non-health interventions? While evidence-based research supports that inactivity, poor nutrition, poverty and income inequality result in poorer health outcomes for children, how are health regions, schools and communities intervening and implementing solutions to these problems? Together, we’ll explore what works and areas where improvements need to be made in order to create long-term positive change.

Panelists include:

  • Nazeem Muhajarine, Professor, Community Health and Epidemiology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan; Director, Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit
  • Cory Neudorf, Chief Medical Health Officer, Saskatoon Health Region
  • Cassandra Opikokew-Wajuntah, JSGS PhD candidate; Associate Director, Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre

This session is being moderated by Paul Clarke, Professor, Faculty of Education, Unviersity of Regina

2:15pm

Session 4: Children as Learners and Leaders

Education and learning systems play a critical role in helping children and youth develop into mature and productive adults.  While Saskatchewan has shown leadership in treaty education and anti-bullying initiatives, how do we ensure that these interventions are successful?  What should be the priorities for education systems in the future? What do stakeholders have to say about these matters? Help nurture positive discussion on new ways to approach the education of our children.

Panelists include:

  • Dan Florizone, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, Government of Saskatchewan
  • Patricia Prowse, Student First Advisor, Ministry of Education, Government of Saskatchewan
  • Delbert Wapass, Chief, Thunderchild First Nations

This session is being moderated by Michelle Prytula, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Research, Programs and Partnerships and incoming Dean, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan

3:15pm

Wellness Break

3:30pm

World Café

Small group discussions on topics arising from the morning sessions will be facilitated by Sheryl Mills, University of Saskatchewan Gwenna Moss Centre.

4:15pm

Keynote Presentation

Judge David ArnotQ.C., Chief Commissioner, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission