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  Friday November 19
1:00pm Welcome & Acknowledgements
1:05 – 2:05pm

Dr Jennifer Charlesworth, Representative for Children and Youth

Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth is British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth. Jennifer
has worked in the B.C. social and health care sectors since 1977 in front-line child welfare, social policy, program management and executive roles. As part of her extensive background in service of children, Jennifer has taught child and youth care at the University of Victoria, has been the Executive Director of the Federation of Community Social Services of BC, and is the founder of the Leadership 2020 program for the Federation. She has also been involved with InWithForward, and has worked with Chief Wedlidi Speck and others to inspire culturally safer workplaces. Jennifer has a PhD in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria, and an MBA from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England.

Creating Belonging: Helping Children with Support Needs Thrive

Representative for Children and Youth Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth has focused on children and youth with support needs in a number of special reports. She has also focused on the critical importance of belonging for children in all aspects of life, including relational, cultural, identity, legal and physical belonging. Using the lens of belonging, Dr. Charlesworth will discuss what she hears from families about what’s happening in schools and community, areas of concern and strength in the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s new framework for children and youth with support needs, and how we can best help children with support needs to thrive.

2:05 – 2:50pm

Lauren Petersen, K-12 Education Manager, Métis Nation British Columbia

Lauren Petersen is a proud Métis educator. Born and raised in the unceded territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie and Matsqui First Nations, Lauren has worked in Education since 2010. She is the K-12 Education Manager for Métis Nation British Columbia’s Ministry of Education and works to foster strong relationships between Métis community and BC’s 60 school districts. Lauren believes that reconciliation is only possible through Education, and that begins with understanding who the Métis people are.

Kaykwy wii ooshihtaayen dimayn? Métis culture, history, and perspectives on community Reconciliation.

Kaykwy wii ooshihtaayen dimayn? This phrase means “What are you doing tomorrow?” in Michif, the traditional language of the Métis people.  Rooted in reciprocity, in this presentation guests will be guided by MNBC’s K-12 Education manager, Lauren Petersen, on a journey through the history of the Métis people in BC, be introduced to our unique culture and core values, and be invited to consider Truth and Reconciliation within an educational context from a uniquely Métis lens.

2:50 - 3:00pm


3:00 – 3:45pm

Mary Mollineaux, K-12 Policy Manager, First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC)

Mary Mollineaux is Manager of K-12 Policy at the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), a member of the Tsq’escen’ Nation, and parent to an 8-year old. Mary has a Bachelor of Arts (Literature), Bachelor of Education (Elementary) and a law degree. She is dedicated to advancing First Nations education and being of service to First Nations communities.

The Role of Parent Advisory Councils and Parents in Advancing Truth and Reconciliation

This session will discuss ways that Parent Advisory Councils and parents of school-aged children can support the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.  Participants will gain a better understanding of how to advance reconciliation in their Parent Advisory Council role as well as in their children’s schools, school district, home, and community.  This session will also identify anti-racism and other resources to support parents to advance reconciliation.

3:45 – 4:45pm

Jennifer McCrea, Assistant Deputy Minister, Learning Division and Patricia Kovacs, Executive Director, Ministry of Education

Before taking on her current role as Assistant Deputy Minister, Learning Division, Ministry of Education, Jennifer served in two other roles within the Ministry: Director for Strategic Human Resources, and Director of Communications for seven years as part Government Communications and Public Engagement. Prior to joining the Ministry of Education, Jennifer worked with the Ministries of Aboriginal Affairs, Small Business, Tourism and Culture and Government’s central policy office. Jennifer’s current team supports the transforming of education to ensure BC students remain among the best in the world through leadership and support to school districts in the areas of Early Learning, Indigenous, Inclusive and French Education, and has responsibility for student safety and wellness in the province with a strong focus on mental health. Jennifer is passionate about creating strong, collaborative relationships; she is a leader, a motivator, and a strategic communicator who achieves success by building skilled teams, articulating a vision and implementing an effective plan of action. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, a diploma in Public Administration, courses in Human Resource Management, certification as a Masters Practitioner of Compassionate Systems leadership through Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has recently worked with Harvard Graduate School of Education, Global Education Leaders Program and the OECD.

Inclusive Education Information Handbook for Parents, Guardians and Caregivers

This session will recap the work to date on the Inclusive Education Information Handbook and will provide a quick overview of the Handbook’s content. The Handbook will be provided to participants prior to the workshop, and participants will have the opportunity to work through a series of scenarios during the workshop to test the effectiveness of the Handbook.

4:45pm Closing Remarks for the Day
  Saturday November 20
9:30am Opening Remarks & Acknowledgements
9:45 am - 12:00pm Emerging Topics Discussion and group breakout discussions (will include a Resolutions 101 discussion)
12:00 - 12:30pm     BREAK/LUNCH - on your own
12:30 - 3:00pm Emerging Topics Discussion and group breakout discussions (will include an open Q&A session)
3:00pm Closing Remarks