From June 22 to June 23, 2023, Mandell Pinder LLP lawyer Crystal Reeves will co-chair the Pacific Business & Law Institute’s conference titled, Indigenous Children and Youth 2023: Transformative Change and Creating Systems That Support Indigenous Children, Youth, and Families. It will be held downtown Vancouver at UBC Robson Square or via live webinar.
The conference will address issues related to the Indigenous child and family care system. Topics include: Indigenous communities that are exercising their inherent rights to provide their own child and family services; the latest developments from Indigenous, Provincial and Federal governments; ongoing work by advocacy groups to support Indigenous Children, youth and families; current challenges, including jurisdictional issues and the need for coordination; and tools for transformative change, and the different ways to challenge the existing system.
In addition to her responsibilities as chair, Crystal will speak on a panel discussing “Jurisdictional Issues and the Need for Coordination.” Among the questions addressed will be: Jurisdictional issues moving forward – what laws apply, and who gets to decide?; getting out of the Western Court Systems; how do we minimize court time and arguments about jurisdiction?; coordination amongst different entities; removing the federal and provincial government’s involvement in matters involving Indigenous Children and Youth; and what is needed no matter who delivers the service?
The conference program is designed for Indigenous leaders, family law practitioners, child service workers and other service workers, government officials and policy advisors, adjudicators in Indigenous children cases, and members of advocacy groups. PBLI offers sponsored registration to Individuals of First Nation, Inuit, or Métis Descent (application information can be found here).
A registration form can be submitted via PBLI’s conference website or from their brochure.