Conference Info

About conference

The PCWC is a unique tri-provincial and northern, multi-sector and cross-cultural child welfare network in Canada. Partners include the prairie based social work programs, provincial ministries, and community agencies. Our goal is to build capacity, at the different levels of all systems that support children, families, and communities in the Prairie Provinces, while ensuring respect for needs for engagement of First Nations and Métis Communities in the delivery of child welfare services. The PCWC works to influence, advocate, and change education, training, research, policy and practice/service delivery through collaboration, innovation and partnering.

The conference will be comprised of presentations showcasing research and reports from child welfare contributors across Canada about changes that are occurring in specific areas or transformations that are envisioned for the system.

Conference objectives:

  1. To facilitate knowledge exchange and showcase innovations/best practices within the fields of child welfare and field education training across disciplinary and jurisdictional boundaries.
  2. To promote cross-sectorial collaboration among child welfare service providers and scholarly researchers and promote human resource development within child and family serving organizations.
  3. To recommend guidelines, tools and best practices that can serve as a model of child welfare practice and a framework for research engagement.
  4. Strengthen communication and interface with social work practitioners, government agencies, industry, and other collaborators.

As with past PCWC conferences, a goal is to promote a sense of connectedness and appreciation for the opportunity to come together in a shared commitment to the well-being of children and families. Learning about the important work being done in child welfare can help to mobilize participants. The diversity of presenters and participants will provide multiple perspectives and opportunities for inclusive dialogue. Overall, the conference program should inspire and energize participants into action, taking the knowledge and experience gained from this symposium onward as we move forward in transforming child welfare.

Keynote Speakers

Special Guests

  • Morgan Grace Music
    Day 1 Performance

    Morgan is a 17-year-old Metis fiddler from East Selkirk, Manitoba. She has been playing the fiddle since the age of 4. Morgan has recently returned from Juno Beach France where she played at the 80th anniversary of D Day, among other notable events for Morgan this year are playing Festival Du voyager, Dauphins Country Fest, Back to Batoche Metis Festival, St Madeline Metis Festival and Betal Personal care home in Selkirk.

    Morgan is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal, she will be graduating from Lord Selkirk Regional School and heading off to Red River Polytechnic for studies in their Child and Youth Care Program

  • The White Fawn Dance Group
    Day 3 Performance

    The White Fawn dance group is a group of First Nation youth aged 12-21. The youth will perform in unison from various techniques alongside a traditional drummer.

    The nine youth will express the beauty of Indigenous cultural dance through traditional men’s, men’s grass, women’s traditional, women’s shawl and women’s jingle.

Film Screening

Conference Guidelines

Presenter/Participant Etiquette Agreement

This conference is designed to foster a productive and respectful environment for everyone. To ensure a positive experience for all participants, we kindly ask that you agree to the following guidelines:

Professionalism and Respect

  • Treat all attendees, speakers, and volunteers with courtesy and respect.
  • Be mindful of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Disagreements are welcome but express them constructively and avoid personal attacks.
  • Be respectful of the program schedule and invited guests.

Active Participation

  • Silence all electronic devices during sessions.
  • Participate actively by asking questions and sharing your insights.
  • Be mindful of time limits for presentations and discussions.

Networking and Social Events

  • Introduce yourself and be open to meeting new people.
  • Be respectful of others' personal space and time.
  • Engage in conversations that are inclusive and appropriate for the setting.

Safety and Security

  • Report any suspicious activity or safety concerns to conference volunteers immediately.
  • Be mindful of your belongings and follow venue safety guidelines.

Sharing and Collaboration

  • Respect intellectual property rights.
  • Obtain permission before sharing any confidential information presented at the conference.
  • Acknowledge the source when referencing ideas or materials from presentations.

By participating in this conference, you agree to abide by this agreement. Thank you for your cooperation in creating a successful and enjoyable event for everyone!


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