WEBCAST TODAY: Culturally Appropriate Programs For Youth in Conflict with the Law

The Youth Justice and Strategic Initiatives Section of the Department of Justice Canada Invites you to attend a free webcast on

Culturally Appropriate Programs For Youth in Conflict with the Law

*We encourage you to circulate this invitation*

October 25, 2016

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

One founding principle of the Youth Criminal Justice Act is that the measures taken against young persons who commit offences should respect gender, ethnic, cultural and linguistic differences and respond to the needs of aboriginal young persons and of young persons with special requirements. Please join us to learn more about innovative programs that foster these objectives by providing culturally appropriate services for youth from Indigenous and African Canadian backgrounds, as well as youth who are newcomers to Canada.

The webcast will showcase a variety of approaches to support youth involved with the justice system by enhancing their knowledge of self and by helping their reintegration and integration in the community. During the webcast, panel members will discuss:

  • Innovative elements of their programs;
  • Program successes, challenges and hopes for the future;
  • How their programs help youth avoid recidivism;
  • Issues faced by youth coming from two historically disadvantaged communities, the Indigenous and African Canadian communities;
  • Issues faced by youth who are newcomers to Canada, about integrating with the Canadian culture;
  • Educational elements of their programs that foster knowledge of self and healing;
  • How they support youth in the community and inside youth detention centers;
  • How they work with the youth’s family and extended networks.


Chantell Barker, C.A.P. Facilitator, Community Safety Division (Manitoba)

  • The Culturally Appropriate Program is a 4 day DVD driven program that is offered to Indigenous persons in youth centres, correctional facilities and probation offices across Manitoba. It is a decolonizing and healing program that promotes self-awareness, self-determination and reconciliation. The Medicine Wheel is used as the framework of the program to assist in learning pre-contact history, the impacts of contact with another culture, the current conditions as a result of colonization, and healing from these impacts.

Margaret Parsons, Executive Director, African Canadian Legal Clinic (Toronto)

  • The African Canadian Legal Clinic offers the K.O.S. (Knowledge of Self) Program to youth with outstanding charges before youth justice courts and those referred to extrajudicial sanctions. They are designed to counteract the risk factors that lead to anti-social behavior among African Canadian youth and provide linkages within the community that will build support systems to increase the young person’s protective factors. It utilizes African-Centered principles and values, cognitive behavioral theory and restorative justice practices.

Zainab Godwin, Youth Justice Manager, For Youth Initiative (Toronto)

  • The R.I.S.E. (Re-integrating the Socially Excluded) Program, provided through the For Youth Initiative, offers support to youth in conflict with the law, to enhance their leadership abilities and provide them with skills to prevent and intervene in youth violence. It focuses on four key areas:  employment and career, education, family wellbeing and social engagement. It also supports youth in fulfilling their obligations under extrajudicial sanctions and community service orders.


*Pre-registration is required – please register here to view this webcast:


Once registered, a message will appear on the web page that says “You are now registered.” A reminder email will be sent to registrants two days before the webcast, and then again early in the morning of the day of the webcast.

This event will be broadcast live but will not be accessible afterwards. The presentation will be delivered in English, with simultaneous interpretation in French.  Registered viewers will be able to log in via the Internet the day of the webcast.

Registered viewers will also be invited to submit questions via email in either official language to the speakers during the webcast.