Families in Canada Conference
March 27-28, 2019 | Guelph, Ontario
The Families in Canada Conference 2019 was a two-day national, pan-Canadian conference organized by the Vanier Institute of the Family and co-hosted by various Universities at satellite locations across Canada. The Live Work Well Research Centre was fortunate to co-host a location at the University of Guelph.
Conference themes and goals:
Building a Canada where families engage and thrive in a caring and compassionate society, with a robust and prosperous economy, in an inclusive and vibrant culture, and in a safe and sustainable environment, requires big ideas. The Conference goals were to explore big ideas that relate to families and family well-being:
- Explore families and family life through diverse, evolving, unconventional and emerging data sources (and combination of sources)
- Embrace new research methods and facilitate interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches for richer analysis
- Broaden our understanding of what ‘family is’ to ensure diverse experiences and perspectives are included
- Broaden the ways we understand and measure ‘family well-being’
- Build research and knowledge networks necessary to support the development of evidencebased, evidence-informed, evidence-inspired policies, programs and practices while respecting and encouraging diverse ways of knowing
Connecting Big Ideas to Local Issues & Opportunities
Over the course of two days, local panel discussions at the University of Guelph explored four major themes, bringing together community members with lived experience, researchers, and practitioners who support and serve families. Browse a few panelist remarks below or download the full report.