Why is it important to give children a voice?
Held to mark Universal Children's Day on November 20, 2017, this forum will offer an opportunity to hear about several stories on the importance of not only listening to the voice of children but also of encouraging their active participation in society. Children will also speak about the priorities expressed during the making of the Vital signs 2017 report by the FGM and other organizations on: belonging, education, environment and mental health. Through networking and the sharing of results from stimulating projects, the forum aims to promote innovative engagement experiences with children.
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November 20 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Montréal Museum of Fine Arts – Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium
1380, Sherbrooke Street W
10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Welcome Message - Yvan Gauthier, President and CEO, Foundation of Greater Montréal.
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Speech - The Hounourable Landon Pearson, President, Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood & Children's Rights.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Priorities of Young People
Moderators – Juan Torres, Université de Montréal and Natasha Blanchet-Cohen, Concordia University.
Youth exchange on the priorities identified by the Vital Signs groups — belonging, education, mobility and mental health. Alli Truesdell, Youth participation Organizer at UNICEF will trace parallels with their recent pan-Canadian survey.
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. NETWORKING LUNCH
1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Children, Youth and Civic Participation: The Best Practices
A presentation of innovative practices in promoting young people’s participation that address each of the themes examined in the morning, including the views of youth and decision makers. The public will be invited to actively contribute to the discussion.
Moderator - Isabelle Lizée, Carrefour Action Municipale et Famille.
Organizations Invited: Montréal Urban Ecology Centre, Equitas International Human Rights Training Centre, Youth Fusion of the Island of Montréal (FJIM), Research and transcultural interventions team (Erit) - Sherpa Institute.
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. BREAK
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. END OF FORUM