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Call for Proposals: 2014 Inclusion BC Conference

Inclusion BC will host its 2014 conference, “Tides of Change: Justice, Diversity and Inclusion for All” in Nanaimo, BC, on June 11-14, 2014.


Tides of Change: Justice, Diversity and Inclusion for All

Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanaimo, BC: June 11-14, 2014

Submit your workshops online! 

Hundreds will register for this year’s conference, the premier conference in BC on developmental disability and inclusion for all. The Inclusion BC Conference will feature a pre-conference day coordinated by the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship at UBC; dozens of informative and interesting workshops for self advocates, families, service providers, advocates, and the community; keynote speakers and plenaries; and much more.

Keynote speakers at the Conference will include Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and John Radford, internationally renowned associate professor, facilitator and strategist with a background in diplomacy and South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation process.

Our co-hosts of the conference are the Nanaimo Association for Community Living and Clay Tree Society.

Workshops will include the following themes and topics:

  • Self Advocacy, workshops and presentations by and/or for self advocates, including wellness, sexuality, employment and self employment, art and self advocate initiatives
  • Youth, including programming by and for youth, including youth 9-14 and 14 and up, around art, transitions, youth justice and children's rights
  • Employment and Transitions, including best practices, transitions, customized employment, social enterprise, unemployment and finding work
  • Families and Children, including inclusive education, inclusive child care, family support, transitions, family leadership and children and youth
  • Values and Ethics, including medical ethics, assisted suicide and euthanasia, genetic testing, and human rights
  • Organizational Development, including senior staff development, leadership and succession, resource development and board development
  • Inclusion and Advocacy, including network-building, friendships and relationships, advocacy, movement building, working with media, social justice, housing innovations, and addressing poverty
  •  First Nations and Aboriginal communities, including common legacies of institutionalization and community concerns

We encourage the submission of workshop proposals that address diverse communities, multicultural communities and Aboriginal and First Nations communities. We strongly encourage innovative, leading-edge proposal and topics. We ask for proposals to be submitted before January 30, 2014.  Workshops should be submitted online at: http://www.inclusionbc.org/2014-workshops/

If you have any questions regarding workshops or workshop submissions, please contact Charlotte Kates, ckates@inclusionbc.org, 604-777-9100 x. 527.

Submit your workshops online!