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Recent CLIA Projects:

2017 Public Legal Education Association of Canada / Association canadienne pour l'éducation et l'information juridique Conference: Delegates from across Canada joined us in Charlottetown for the 2017 National PLEAC/ACEIJ Conference.

Community Youth Justice CampCommunity Youth Justice Camp: CLIA hosted a 3-day youth camp in the summer of 2017. The camp allowed youth (aged 12 - 15) to learn how the justice system works in Prince Edward Island and to become familiar with their legal rights and responsibilities. The participants got to enjoy guest speakers, such as lawyers and human rights officers, to tour the police station, and to have the opportunity to participate in a mock trial and sentencing circle.

Best Interests of the Children in Custody & Access: CLIA hosted free courses for parents going through a custody and access dispute. Service providers, guardians, and grandparents also attended. Clients learned about court procedures, out of court options, and the importance of the best interests of the children. Funded by the Law Foundation of PEI.    

Law Week (April 11-17): CLIA collaborated with the Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers Section to hold a Wills Clinic. Low-income Islanders were able to apply for a free will.

Resistance & Resilience - Music for Victims Song & Poetry project: CLIA hosted an event of music and poetry, celebrating the resilience of victims of crime and their communities. Attendees also learned more about services available to victims of crime. Funded by Justice Canada.

Website Accessibility: Work continues to improve website accessibility. Our site is being revised so that screen reader programs for visually impaired persons can be used. Funded by Employment Development Agency.

CLIA benefited from the skills and talents of students and recent graduates placed through the Charlottetown Rural Co-op program; Career Bridges; Holland College Student Placement; Canada Summer Jobs; Skills PEI; Work Smarts; and the UPEI Masters of Education Program.

Past CLIA Projects: 

Power of Attorney Kit: With funding from the PEI Seniors Secretariat, CLIA has created a Power of Attorney (POA) Kit. This easy to use kit allows Island families to create their own power of attorney documents.

Putting Your Affairs in Order Outreach: CLIA conducted presentations at various locations across PEI on Wills, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives.  Project staff also provided information to seniors, one on one, as they planned their future.  Funded by New Horizons for Seniors.

Inquiry Line Transition: With the financial support of the Law Foundation of Ontario, CLIA has upgraded to a digital lawyer referral and inquiry line system to better serve clients.

Social Enterprise Initiative: Thanks to a $3,000 donation, CLIA has been supporting training activities to foster Social Enterprise approaches to community needs. 

Bilingual Edit: CLIA adapted the PEI section of a national website to ensure accurate PEI legal information. www.familieschange.ca

Grandparents Parenting on PEI: Funded by New Horizons for Seniors. A booklet for Grandparents who act as parents to their grandchildren.  Now in print and online: English / French

Answering the Call for Legal Information – The Next Generation: Funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario. In collaboration with UPEI, CLIA developed a curriculum for training post-secondary students to provide accurate legal information by telephone and email.

Farsi Family Violence Prevention video: Funded by Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence. Coming soon.

Putting Your Affairs in Order Reprint Project: Funded by Seniors’ Secretariat of PEI. Reprinting Putting Your Affairs in Order publications: “Wills”, “Health Care Directives”, “Powers of Attorney” and “Moving to a Community Care Facility or Nursing Home”.

Respectful Relationships 2.0: Funded by the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat. Various media forms to teach children and youth about healthy relationships.

Youth Justice Updates: Funded by Justice Canada. The Youth Criminal Justice Act was amended and the Federal Government provided funds to ensure PLEI groups had accurate materials for clients. We created two new booklets and web media to replace the Youth Justice kits.

New Horizons for Seniors - Aboriginal Materials: This was a one-year project that consisted of workshops with elders and youth at Abegweit First Nation, Lennox Island First Nation and Native Council of PEI. Discussions were held about abuse of older adults and information needed by Aboriginal seniors. The resulting booklet is “Planning Ahead, Staying Safe – A Guide for Aboriginal Seniors on PEI”.

Child Advocate Workshop: CLIA brought in an experienced Child Advocate lawyer from Ontario and put on a workshop for professionals and service providers about child advocacy. This was one recommendation from the Think Tank on Access to Family Justice held the previous year.

Lawyer Referral Service Outreach: Our summer intern, Parker Deighan, visited all law firms in PEI and “rounded up” several new names for the Lawyer Referral Service.

Think Tank on Access to Family Justice: In response to hundreds of calls each year from Islanders who have limited access to the family justice system, Community Legal Information Association (CLIA) and the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women (ACSW) collaborated to host a Think Tank on Access to Family Justice. The Think Tank took place on November 25th, 2011 and drew participants from a broad spectrum of government and community organizations. The purpose of the Think Tank on Access to Family Justice was to have key stakeholders participate in a facilitated discussion to gather diverse perspectives and innovative options that could improve access to family justice on Prince Edward Island. For more about the results and recommendations from this landmark event, please read the Report.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Law Foundation of PEI and the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention. The organizing committee also wishes to thank the speakers and panel presenters who donated their time and expertise.

Safety Plan for Women with Intellectual Challenges: In collaboration with PEI People First, CLIA is producing a safety plan for women who have intellectual challenges.  Focus groups of women who identify as having an intellectual challenge provided the insight and content of the plan.  This project is on its second phase, with a draft of the safety plan ready to be presented to the focus groups for critique and revision.  This document will be available online in Spring 2012.  We are grateful for the financial support of the Interministerial Women's Secretariat.

Seniors Symposia: In 2011, CLIA hosted multiple events for seniors.  Going to different communities, such as Montague, Summerside and Charlottetown, CLIA brought together experts from across sectors for a day long session on planning ahead issues.  Seniors had the opportunity to go to different discussion tables on topic such as Powers of Attorney, Wills, Health Care Directives, and Grandparents' Rights. This initiative was a huge success and we continue to recieve calls asking us to do scaled down presentations of the materials.  This project was funded by the Community Foundation of PEI and the Seniors Secretariat of PEI.

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