Recent 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.
Resistance & Resilience - Music for Victims Song & Poetry project: Funded by Justice Canada, CLIA hosted an event celebrating the strength of victims, resilient communities, and services available to victims.
Social Enterprise Initiative: Thanks to a $3,000 donation, CLIA has been supporting training activities to foster Social Enterprise approaches to community needs.
Website Accessibility: a consultant reviewed www.cliapei.ca for ease of use by people living with disabilities. Funded by Employment Development Agency.
Bilingual Edit: CLIA adapted the PEI section of a national website to ensure accurate PEI legal information. www.familieschange.ca
CLIA benefited from the skills and talents of students placed through the Charlottetown Rural Co-op program; Career Bridges Returning Worker program; Holland College Student Placement; Canada Summer Jobs; Programme PERCÉ; UNB Law School Student Placement; and Law Foundation of PEI.
Past CLIA Projects:
Grandparents Parenting on PEI
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.
Victims of Crime Awareness Week Launch “Resistance & Resilience – Music for Victims” Song & Poetry
Funded by Justice Canada. CLIA presents a musical event celebrating the strength of victims, resilient communities, and the services available to victims. Displays and spokespersons from different agencies, organizations, and community groups who specialize in supporting victims and preventing crime will participate as local musicians and poets showcased the art they created on a theme of victims of crime.
Best Interests of the Children in Custody and Access
As part of CLIA's ongoing effort to support improved access to justice for all Islanders, we are now hosting a course for parents who are dealing with a custody and access dispute. The course, "Best Interests of the Children in Custody and Access" is led by a volunteer family law lawyer and facilitated by a CLIA staff member. Participants will learn about different custody and access arrangements, what a judge considers, "the best interests of a child", alternatives to going to court, and what someone might expect to encounter if they need to go to court for a family law matter. All participants will also receive a helpful family law packet containing important contact information, resources, tips for court, and plain-language glossary. CLIA staff and Board members gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the United Way of PEI. We would also like to thank all of the lawyers who donate their time and expertise to this project.
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.
Preparation for Family Violence Awareness Week Launch “Resistance & Resilience – Music for Victims” Song & Poetry
Funded by Justice Canada. CLIA hosted a musical event celebrating the strength of victims, resilient communities, and the services available to victims. Displays and spokespersons from different agencies, organizations, and community groups who specialize in supporting victims and preventing crime were present as local musicians and poets showcased the art they created on a theme of victims of crime.
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.
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.
Other CLIA projects:
- Self Represented Litigants - a study in the Supreme Court of PEI
- Self Represented Litigants Follow Up Project
- The Abuse of Older Adults: What Islanders Need to Know - a three year project
- Criminal Code Revisions & New Provincial Legislation - Victims of Crime project
- Family Law Workshop - held Spring 2009 in Charlottetown