PLEA sits on the steering committee that is planning the 34th Canadian Congress on Criminal Justice which will be held from October 2nd-5th, 2013 in Vancouver at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The theme of Congress is 21st Century Justice: The Economics of Public Safety. Congress brings together justice system professionals to network and gain valuable information on current knowledge and debates in the justice system. The Honourable Justice Ted Hughes will chair the event. There are several excellent speakers on the agenda for Congress including: The Honourable Wally Oppal-missing women’s inquiry; Dr. Steve Aos- evidence-based investments in services in Washington State; Michael Chettleburgh- street gangs; Catherine Latimer- costs of prison overcrowding; Kim Pate and Howard Sapers- deaths in custody; Christopher J. Koegl- the economic impact of targeting early risk factors; PLEA and McCreary- evaluation of PLEA’s youth justice programs and many more.
The Congress program and registration information is available at the following link: http://www.ccja-acjp.ca/cong2013/program2013.pdf.
PLEA has the lead for developing youth related content for the Congress program. As part of this responsibility PLEA, the John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland and PARCA are hosting two youth specific pre-conference activities at the Hyatt Regency Hotel:
1. The first meeting of the proposed national youth justice network- Wednesday October 2nd , 10am-3pm (free):
Executive Directors, Directors and Management level Public Servants are invited to attend the inaugural meeting of a proposed Canadian National Youth Justice Network. The Network’s purpose is to bring together leaders from government and community and residential agencies in the youth justice sector from across Canada to meet to discuss current youth justice issues, create opportunities for national collaboration and to share knowledge about best and promising practices in their areas which can be utilized to benefit the practice of those in other jurisdictions.
2. A learning session with Dr. Martin Brokenleg on the Circle of Courage model Wednesday October 2nd, 9:30am-4:00pm (free to those from outside of BC; $100 fee for those from in the province).
The Circle of Courage: For thousands of years, American Indian cultures nourished respectful and courageous children without employing punitive discipline. Now, recent youth development research is revealing the essential elements in raising confident, caring children. Drawing on his research with Drs. Larry Brendtro and Steve Van Bockern in their book, Reclaiming Youth at Risk, Dr. Martin Brokenleg presents "The Circle of Courage" which offers concrete strategies for creating environments in which all young people can grow and flourish.
For those interested in registering for either of the youth specific events please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Please note that space is limited for both events so register early!
More information about Congress and pre-Congress events is available on the Canadian Criminal Justice website at: http://www.ccja-acjp.ca/en/.