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Restorative Approaches to Gangs, Guns & Violence:

Working together to foster positive relationships for both prevention & intervention

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Co-Sponsored by York Centre for Education and Community (YCEC), York University Faculty of Education and Peacebuilders International (Canada)

Thursday, March 25, 8:00AM - 4:30PM & Friday, March 26, 2010 8:00AM - 4:30PM

This Conference is made possible with funding by Justice Canada

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS Eva E. Marszewski Founder & Executive Director, Peacebuilders International (Canada) Moira Wong Faculty of Education, York University CONFERENCE STEERING COMMITTEE: Mary Birdsell Lawyer, Justice for Children and Youth Don Dippo Associate Dean, Faculty of Education, York University Donna Ford School & Community Engaged Education Project Coordinator, YCEC, York University Carl James Director, York Centre for Education and Community, York University FEATURED SPEAKERS AND WORKSHOP PRESENTERS: Aus Baram Teacher Candidate, York University Faculty of Education Christine Beatty Lawyer, Mediator, Peacebuilders' Facilitator Rahul K. Bhardwaj President and C.E.O., Toronto Community Foundation Anu Bhatia Youth Trainer, Facilitator, Peacebuilders International (Canada) Niki Bledin Teacher, Conflict Resolution Consultant to schools Damian Brown Youth Trainer, Court Worker, Peacebuilders International (Canada) Bill Byrd Toronto District School Board Selom Chapman Nyaho Research co-ordinator for York Centre for Education and Community Marc Emond Disability Counselor, Ryerson University Dr. Bruce Ferguson Director, Community Health Systems Resource Group, Hospital for Sick Children Richard Ferriss Review Counsel, Community and Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP) of Osgoode Hall; Sabrina GoPaul Black Creek Community Health Center, Health Worker Scott Graham Crown Counsel, Public Prosecution Service of Canada; Katy Hutchison Acclaimed Speaker and Author of "Walking after Midnight" Olive Isaacs formerly Hincks-Dellcrest Social Worker, Peacebuilders' Facilitator Cornelia Mazgarean Division Leader, CLASP of Osgoode Hall Law School The Honourable Roy McMurtry Chancellor, York University; Co-Chair of the Roots of Youth Violence Report Shannon Moroney Teacher, Advocate, Speaker, Author Gina Nardella Criminal Review Counsel; CLASP of Osgoode Hall Law School; Emma Rhodes Defense Counsel, Angela Ruffo Youth Trainer, Facilitator, Peacebuilders International (Canada) Howard Sapers Correctional Investigator of Canada The Honourable Mr. Justice Brian Scully Ontario Court of Justice Unblind Tibbin San Romano Way Community Center, Youth Worker Orville Wallace Youth Justice Network of Toronto

This Conference is made possible with funding by Justice Canada

DAY ONE ­ THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010

Time

8:00 ­ 9:00 AM

Description

REGISTRATION BREAKFAST Peacebuilders Circle Workshops (Series A):

Location

Winters College Dining Hall

(WC001) (for 125 participants)

9:00AM ­ 12:00 noon

A-1 Training for Educators and Communities Restorative Circles for Classrooms, school curricula and restorative discipline

A-1A: Niki Bledin, Moira McCaskill A-1B: David Sovran, Bunny MacFarlane A-1C: Joyce Young, Mike Quartermain A-1D: Christine Beatty, Cindy Dymond

Vanier Masters Dining Winters Faculty Dining

McLaughlin Sr.Common Room McLaughlin Jr. Common Room

A-2 Training for Youth Circles for Youth Dialogues

A-2A: Damian Brown, Ariana Ayoub 12:00 PM ­ 12:30 PM A-2B: Angela Ruffo, Doug Copping BUFFET LUNCH WELCOME ­ Alice Pitt, Dean, Faculty of Education, York University 12:30 PM­ 1:30 PM Panel Discussion: Applications of Restorative Justice and Peace Circles Moderator: Moira Wong, Course Director, York University Faculty of Education Panel Members: Aus Baraam, Teacher Candidate, York University Faculty of Education; Donna Ford, Seconded Principal, York Region District School Board, SCEE Project Coordinator,York Centre for Education & Community; York University Unblind Tibbin, School Worker, San Romano Way Community Center; Orville Wallace, Founder, Toronto Youth Justice Network, Gang Prevention and Intervention Project;

Winters College Dining Hall Vanier Renaissance Room

(VC001)

(WC001)

This Conference is made possible with funding by Justice Canada

DAY ONE ­ THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010 (CONT'D)

Time

1:30 PM ­ 4:30PM

Description

Peacebuilders Circle Workshops (Series B): (for 125 participants) B-1 Training for Educators and Communities

Location

Circles for Classrooms, school curricula and restorative discipline

B-1A: Niki Bledin, Moira McCaskill B-1B: David Sovran, Bunny MacFarlane B-1C: Joyce Young, Mike Quartermain B-1D: Christine Beatty, Cindy Dymond B-2 Training for Youth Circles for Youth Dialogues B-2A: Damian Brown, Ariana Ayoub B-2B: Angela Ruffo, Doug Copping

Vanier Renaissance Room Vanier Masters Dining Winters Faculty Dining McLaughlin Sr.Common Room McLaughlin Jr. Common Room

(VC001)

Please note:

Workshop Attendance Certificates: Trainees who attended a full 3-hour Circles Workshop on Day One may pick-up their Certificate at the Registration Desk from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm on Friday, March 26.

LEAD PEACEBUILDERS' CIRCLE TRAINERS

Christine Beatty Niki Bledin Damian Brown Angela Ruffo David Sovran Joyce Young Lawyer, Mediator, Peacebuilders Circle Facilitator and Trainer Teacher, Conflict Resolution Consultant to schools, Peacebuilders' Circle Facilitator and Trainer Peacebuilders Youth Programs and Youth Trainer and Facilitator, Peacebuilders Court Worker at 311 Jarvis St. Court Peacebuilders' Youth Trainer and Facilitator, York Detention Program Co-Ordinator, Student, Osgoode Hall Law School Peacebuilders' Circle Trainer and Facilitator, Vice-Principal, Jarvis Collegiate Institute, (Retired) Mediator, Trainer, Peacebuilders' Lead Trainer and Circle Facilitator

This Conference is made possible with funding by Justice Canada

DAY TWO ­ FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

Time

8:00 AM­ 8:30 AM 8:30 AM ­ 9:15 AM

Description REGISTRATION BREAKFAST The `ins and outs' of the Safe Schools Act: Suspensions, School transfers and expulsions: Speakers: Mary Birdsell, Justice for Children & Youth, and

Osgoode Community Legal Aid Service Program Richard Ferriss, Review Counsel, Community and Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP) of Osgoode Hall;

Location

Winters College Dining Hall

(WC001)

Winters College Dining Hall

(WC001)

9:15 AM to 9:30 AM 9:30 AM ­ 10:45AM

BREAK Workshop Series C: C-1: "From shattered to whole" Restorative options for families of offenders

Vanier Renaissance Room

Presenter: Shannon Moroney, Teacher, Advocate, Speaker, Author, Restorative Justice Practitioner

(VC001)

McLaughlin Sr Common Room

C-2: Restorative Practises and Progressive Discipline in schools

Presenter: Bill Byrd, Toronto District School Board

C-3: Peacebuilders' Restorative Circles Youth Diversion and EJS Program at 311 Jarvis Youth Court

Presenters: Christine Beatty, Lawyer, Mediator, Peacebuilders' Facilitator, Selom Chapman Nyaho, Research Co-ordinator, York Centre for Education & Community (YCEC), York University

Vanier Masters Dining Room

C-4: Youth and Police relationships ­ Know your rights

McLaughlin Jr Common Room

Presenters: Mary Birdsell, Lawyer with Justice for Children and Youth Cornelia Mazgarean, Division Leader, Community & Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP) of Osgoode Hall Law School; Gina Nardella, Criminal Review Counsel

C-5: How to Welcome Diversity & Disability into the Classroom Presenters: Marc Emond, Disability Counselor, Ryerson University, Peacebuilders facilitator

Olive Isaacs, Social Worker, formerly Hincks-Dellcrest, Peacebuilders facilitator

This Conference is made possible with funding by Justice Canada

DAY TWO ­ FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010 (CONT'D)

Time

10:45 AM -11:00 AM 11:00 AM ­ 12:15 PM

Description REFRESHMENT BREAK Workshop Series D: D-1: "A restorative experience with violent crime"

Presenter: Katy Hutchison, Advocate, speaker, author of "Walking after Midnight"

Location

Winters College Dining Hall

Vanier Renaissance Room

(VC001)

McLaughlin Sr Common Room

D-2: Use of Circles for students with Special Needs

Presenters: Niki Bledin, Teacher, Conflict Resolution Consultant to schools, Annu Bhatia, Peacebuilders' Facilitator

D-3: Youth on remand in Detention: Peacebuilders' Circle Dialogue program at the York Detention Center

Presenters: Damian Brown, Peacebuilders Youth Programs and Youth Trainer Angela Ruffo, York Detention Program Co-Ordinator

McLaughlin Jr Common Room

D-4: How to build Resilience in youth and communities

Winters Faculty Dining Rm

Presenters: Dr. Bruce Ferguson, Director, Community Health Systems, Resource Group Hospital for Sick Children; Sabrina GoPaul, Health worker, Black Creek Community Health Center 12:15 PM ­ 12:45 PM 12:45 PM ­ 2:00 PM

BUFFET LUNCH Panel Discussion: "A peek behind the veil"

Winters College Dining Hall

Moderator: Eva Marszewski Founder and Executive Director, Peacebuilders International (Canada) Panel Members: Howard Sapers, Correctional Investigator of Canada and author of "A Preventable Death": The Ashley Smith case: Ashley Smith was jailed at age 14 for throwing crabapples at a postal worker in Moncton, N.B. She suffered from mental health issues that were never treated and as a result, spent nearly four years in segregated isolation for bad behaviour. At 18, she was transferred to the adult prison system where she strangled herself with a cloth ligature. Dr. Bruce Ferguson, Director, Community Health Systems, Resource Group Hospital for Sick Children;

(WC001)

This Conference is made possible with funding by Justice Canada

DAY TWO ­ FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010 (CONT'D)

Time

2:00 PM ­ 3:00 PM

Description Panel Discussion: Going forward: `Youth Circles' and Restorative Justice at Toronto's 311 Jarvis Youth Court:

Moderator: Christine Beatty, Lawyer, Mediator and Peacebuilders' Circle Facilitator Panel Members: The Honourable Mr. Justice Brian Scully, Judge at 311 Jarvis Youth Court; Scott Graham, Crown Counsel, Public Prosecution Service of Canada; Emma Rhodes, Defence Counsel Eva Marszewski, Founder and Executive Director of Peacebuilders

Location

Winters College Dining Hall

(WC001)

3:00 PM ­ 3:15 PM

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM 3:30 PM

Speaker: Rahul K. Bhardwaj, President & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation; "Toronto's Vital Signs: A consolidated snapshot examining issue areas that are critical to the wellbeing of our city and its residents". Speaker: The Honourable Roy McMurtry, Chancellor York University Co-Chair, Roots of Youth Violence Report Conference Co-Chairs thank Speakers and Participants Conference Closes

Winters College Dining Hall

(WC001)

Winters College Dining Hall

(WC001)

Winters College Dining Hall

(WC001)

`Youth Circles' was awarded one of Toronto Community Foundation's 2009 Vital Ideas Award

This Conference is made possible with funding by Justice Canada

Peacebuilders International Canada, or "Peacebuilders" was established as a Canadian Charitable organization in 2006 to improve the lives of children and youth, by providing them with appropriate access to justice, empowering them to overcome personal challenges and helping them to realize their full potential. Peacebuilders programs not only help to keep troubled teens in school and out of the criminal justice system, but also help to foster resilient young leaders who see the value in contributing back to their communities. * * * The York Centre for Education and Community (YCEC) is designed to support teaching and learning that is appropriate to students' diverse needs, considerate of their cultural experiences, and supportive of their aspirations. To accomplish these goals, the Centre facilitates collaborative research in education, both in classrooms and in other settings.

SOME PARTING THOUGHTS

"Mere training in skills of conflict resolution will not necessarily foster willingness to accommodate others' interests... Democratic principles cannot be communicated in a few training workshops. Rather, the whole educational process in teacher education programs as well as in K-12 education must provide forums for the reflective appropriation of these practices...Children need to experience these practices of democratic participation as part of a democratic political culture if they are to fully develop the complex "habits of heart" that sustain democracy " (Robertson, Teacher Education in a democratic society, 2008). "...Teachers in a democratic society should be able to: lead deliberative discussions where students learn to formulate their own arguments, engage others' points of view, and be open to changing their minds when given good reasons to do so..." (Robertson, Teacher Education in a democratic society, 2008).

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"The majority of studies conducted on the issue over the last 20 years in the United States and elsewhere indicate that gang violence increases as law-enforcement steps up" National Post March 22, 2010 "Proposed changes to youth laws would permit sentencing judges to take into account evidence of previous "extrajudicial sanctions" that did not result in criminal convictions" Globe and Mail, March 19, 2010. Under proposed legislation, identities of young offenders, even if not convicted as adults, may not be shielded. The following are excerpts From Criminological Highlights (Volume 11, Number 1; February 2010): - "Incarcerating offenders who could be given non-custodial sanctions does not reduce the likelihood that they will commit further offences" - "First-time imprisonment of offenders increases the likelihood that they will re-offend" - "The size of Canada's remand population is increasing rapidly even though reported crime is decreasing and the overall imprisonment rate Is relatively stable"

This Conference is made possible with funding by Justice Canada

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