2012 Child Protection Mediation Conference

Child Protection Mediation Conference: Moving Toward Meaningful Engagement (2012)

The Child Protection Mediation Conference was held on February 6 & 7, 2012 at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver. This conference was intended as a provincial forum for child protection dispute resolution professionals, focusing on enhancing cross-cultural dialogue in child protection mediation, particularly within Aboriginal communities.

Day 1 of the conference included a diverse array of speakers and participants. Beginning with a warm welcome from a Musqueam elder, and ending with a broad discussion about mediating as a part of, and within, Aboriginal communities, the conference was filled from start to finish with insightful dialogue and open communication between different types of mediation professionals. Break-out sessions in mid-day tailored specifically for groups of Aboriginal mediators, non-Aboriginal mediators, social workers and legal mediation professionals ensured all participants could engage in open dialogue with others in their field.

Sessions on day 1 included “Drawing on Indigenous Legal Traditions Today: Citizenship and Child Protection”, “Learning from Other Professional Disciplines - Panel Discussion”, and “Current MCFD Approach and Initiatives”.

Day 2 of the conference was limited to mediators on the Child Protection Mediator Roster. The day focused on the challenges and opportunities in mediating in different communities and with diverse groups of people. This hands-on day included sessions “Taking the Plunge: Immersion in Possibilities” and “Weaving Together: The Craft of Mediation in Today’s World”, facilitated by Julie Daum, Sharon Sutherland, and Joyce Bradley. 

For more details about the conference speakers and sessions, see the brochure below:

Child Protection Mediation Conference Mediator Brochure by mediateBC

 

Post-Conference

The 2012 Child Protection Mediation Conference is unique in that it is one of the first conferences of its kind, bringing child protection mediation professionals of all walks together to talk about the impact of cultural dynamics in Aboriginal communities on the mediation process. Reviews from the event were overwhelmingly positive, and noted the need for conferences of this type, to talk about these important issues. Participants said:

“I think another conference such as this one should be an annual event. Remarkable Opportunity.”

“Opportunity to finally put a face to a name for many of the mediators—invaluable!! Networking very important.”

“Great Day! Loved all the speakers. Good variety of topics. Very helpful small groups.”

For more information on upcoming professional development events for child protection mediators and other professionals hosted by Mediate BC, contact the Training and Development Program.