Toronto, May 25, 2004—In Canada, the methods and rhetoric of child protection, even the words we use to describe childhood, conceal discriminatory attitudes that harm children, according to Toronto lawyer Jeffery Wilson. Speaking on “The Language of Childhood, the Politics of Repression,” Wilson will challenge our language and assumptions at DCI-Canada’s fifth annual Lowery Lecture on May 25.
Wilson, an eloquent family lawyer with a long and successful record of defending children’s rights, is supremely qualified to raise questions of the hidden damage to youngsters’ lives and what can be done about it. He has argued and won high-profile cases that have helped to entrench children’s rights in immigration, the school system, youth justice, and child protection.
This is the fifth in an annual series of lectures presented by DCI-Canada in memory of Grant Lowery, a tireless advocate for the rights of children and long-time member of the Board of Directors.
Starting at 7:00 p.m. at the George Ignatieff Theatre, the free lecture is preceded by songs from the Nelson Mandela Park Public School children’s choir. After the lecture, the floor will be open for questions and responses from the audience, to be followed by a reception with refreshments.
DCI-Canada is part of an international movement promoting and protecting the rights of children and youth as codified in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Its views on children’s rights issues are sought and cited by governments, agencies, media and individuals.
E-mail: contact @ dci-canada.org