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Resent-From: "Michael C. Richardson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
University of Ottawa
Conference Against the Criminalization of Youth
Saturday, March 27, 1999, 10:00 am
Montpetit, Room 207, University of Ottawa, 125 University Street
March 15, 1999
You are cordially invited to the Conference Against the
Criminalization of Youth which will be held on March 27, 1999 at the
University of Ottawa.
University of Ottawa students from the law, criminology, sociology and
other departments, along with high school students are organizing the
conference to discuss how to deal with the growing problem of the
criminalization of youth. Increasingly, social, economic, cultural and
political problems are turned into law and order issues. As a result,
all kinds of attacks against the youth are increasing. University
students are being criminalized for defaulting on their student loans
or for taking political stands such as at the anti-APEC demonstration
in Vancouver in 1997. The recent Supreme Court ruling which allows
teachers and principals to search students if they are believed to be
breaking school rules, plans to introduce a dress code as part of a
new code of student conduct in the high schools and the reform of the
Young Offenders Act are some examples of how youth and students are
being defined as “troublemakers,” “attitude” and “discipline” problems
while their rights to an education, recreational facilities, a
livelihood and their own conscience are denied. National minority
youth, poor and homeless youth and Aboriginal youth fill the jails and
the court system. Youth of colour and Aboriginal youth increasingly
face a “shoot first ask questions later” scenario at the hands of the
police. The aim of the Conference is to bring youth together to
discuss the situation and what to do about it.
The Conference will be held in Room 207 in the Montpetit Building, 125
University Street (corner of Louis Pasteur) beginning at 10:00 am. It
will be divided into two sessions. The morning session will be devoted
to presentations by youth on their concerns on the topic of the
Conference after which lunch will be served. The afternoon session
will be devoted to discussion which identifies the work the youth
decide to carry out to end the marginalization of this issue and make
headway in defending their rights. A social evening organized by the
youth will be held in Room 205, University Centre at 7:30 pm.
Registration is $5.00, lunch included.
We hope you will add your experience and views by joining us at the
conference and ensuring its success. Let us know if you wish to make a
presentation in the morning session.
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