CRCF 30th Anniversary

The Center, established in 1985 with a gift from the Alva Foundation, is celebrating it's 30th anniversary by hosting a year long series of events. 

The Tricky Part

October 20th, 2015;18:30

McGill University's School of Social Work and the Centre for Research on Children and Families are co-hosting Martin Moran's award-winning off-Broadway show. Martin tells the moving, often funny, and ultimately powerful story of his childhood sexual abuse experiences and the influence of those experiences have had on his life. 


Getting Heard by the Herd: the Art and Science of Knowledge Translation by Dr. Novak

October 29, 2015; 12:00-13:00

Co-hosted by the Institute for Health and Social Policy, the Centre for Research on Children and Families and the School of Occupational Health and Physical Therapy. Dr. Novak’s work has helped to shift the landscape of support to families of children with cerebral palsy in Australia. Her presentation will focus on how to use evidence to shift policy. 

CRCF Gives Back

December 2015

The Centre and it’s members donated $400.00 towards purchasing gifts for the little brothers and little sisters of the West Island Big Brothers Big Sisters and for the members of the Youth in Care Alumni group, supporting former youth-in-care, post-secondary education students. 


Child Friendly Space: The Re-Settlement Challenge Facing Syrian Refugees 

January 14, 2016; 16:00

The Irish Community of Montreal and the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families, are supporting Child Friendly Space (CFS), an initiative to organize activities for newly arriving Syrian children. This information session will explore an objective to source laptops, iPads and electronic games andfunds to purchase such resources for the CFS project.

Speakers will include: 

  • Adnan Mahameed, leader of the CFS project and Syrian refugee
  • The Montreal City Mission, supporter of the CFS project
  • A member of the Irish Community
  • A member of the McGill’s CRCF

Rsvp your attendance to:     William Curran (william.curran [at], PhD INDI Student, Arts-Social Science, Concordia University


Have a Heart for First Nations Children

February 10, 2016; Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario

On February 10th, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada is holding Have a Heart Day, a child and youth-led reconciliation campaign that brings together caring Canadians to help ensure First Nations children have the services they need to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are. The CRCF will sponser student members to travel to Ottawa to participate in this event.


Reconciliation means not having to say sorry twice: Implications of the historic ruling of the CHRT for reconciliation 

February 17, 2016; Moot Court, Room 100 (New Chancellor Day Hall, Faculty of Law), 3644 Peel; 16:30 – 18:30

McGill University’s School of Social Work and the Faculty of Law are proud to present an Annie MacDonald Langstaff - Margot E. Halpenny Lecture by Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.

Space is limited so please RSVP by February 12th to marilena.orsini [at]

In 2007, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations filed a human rights complaint against the Federal government, alleging that Canada’s failure to provide equitable and culturally based child welfare services to First Nations children on- reserve amounts to discrimination on the basis of race and ethnic origin.

Join us for a discussion on this landmark human rights case to end federal government discrimination against First Nations children.

Dr. Blackstock will discuss the actions that led up to the court case, rulings by the court, evidence heard and the implications for Indigenous children, families and  Canada as a whole.

For more information on the case, visit:

The Best Interest of the Child: At the intersection of Law and Religion conference - Au croisement des univers juridiques et religieux: le meilleur intérêt de l’enfant

April 14, 2016; Université de Sherbrooke, Longueuil Campus, Room L1-11605

This symposium is jointly organized by the Centre for Research on Children and Families, McGill University, Centre for Contemporary Religious Studies, Université de Sherbrooke, Centre for Research on Society, Law, and Religion, Université de Sherbrooke (SoDRUS) and Research Chair on Law, Religion, and Secularism, Université de Sherbrooke. The goal is to bridge the gap and encourage dialogue between religious stakeholders, researchers, and legal experts, and stimulate conversation on the various concepts of the BIC. In addition, the symposium will provide a forum for discussion and reflection on how potential conflicts between the state and certain totalitarian religious groups can be avoided. For more information and to register, please click here (English) or here (French).

Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS)

May 12th, 2016; UQAM, Pavillon Hubert-Aquin (A) – A-1870

This conference looks at participatory approaches to data analysis that bring together researchers and clinicians challenged by issues surrounding child protection. Initiatives undertaken over the past ten years, bringing together researchers and stakeholders in the youth protection will be presented in order to discuss: 1) the conditions for the establishment of effective partnerships; 2) the challenges and ethical issues related to the implementation of such initiatives; and 3) the best use of the data generated, and this in order to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and practices. For more information, click here. To register, click here


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