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Register Now for the 2017 Summer Law Institute!

UPDATE: View 2017 Draft Schedule HERE! Date: Tuesday, August 29th and Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 Location: Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON The OJEN Summer Law Institute gives Ontario teachers an opportunity to participate in presentations and discussions with judges and lawyers about timely legal issues that enhance classroom teaching and learning. Registration Fee: […]

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OJEN is recruiting: Justice Education Fellowships 2017-18

OJEN is now accepting applications from Ontario law students for four (4) Justice Education Fellowship positions in 2017-18. If you are an incoming 2L, 3L, or LLM student at an eligible law school (including Lakehead University, University of Ottawa, University of Western Ontario, and Queen’s University) and you have a passion for public legal education […]

Matawa students talk Gladue on Wawatay Radio

OJEN was funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to put together a Law and Radio Project with two pilots for First Nations students. The first pilot ran this October at Matawa Learning Centre in Thunder Bay.   In the project the students choose a legal topic and then spend four sessions learning about the topic, writing interview questions and practicing […]

OJEN has a new website!

If you visit our site regularly, you’ve probably noticed that a few things have changed around here. We are very proud to present our new website, which launches today! In addition to a revitalized new look, we’ve introduced some new elements which we hope will make your life easier in a couple of ways.   The same […]

OJEN’s Grade 5 Poster Challenge – Registration is Open!

Register now for OJEN’s Grade Five Poster Challenge OJEN is pleased to once again host the Grade Five Poster Challenge. The Poster Challenge is a great opportunity for grade five students to learn and demonstrate an understanding of the rights of Canadians. Teachers can use the challenge to educate students about the Charter of Rights […]

Register Now – Women@Justice: Leaders in Law (Ottawa, high school girls)

Location: 284 Wellington Street, Boardroom 5140, Ottawa Women@Justice: Leaders in Law is a 2-hour program on Tuesday, October 18 in which students will learn about women’s careers in law and the public service.  Along the way, they will meet female mentors from the Department of Justice Canada, law students from the University of Ottawa, and […]

The Tate Herbert Memorial Fund Supports Justice Education Programs for Youth

Each October, the Herbert family in Barrie, Ontario hosts a benefit show and donates the proceeds to OJEN. Tate’s Tableaux honours the life of their son, Tate, who died of cancer in 2013 while studying Law and Society at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University.  Donations to the fund in his name support OJEN’s programs for young […]

Just North

“Reconciliation to me, means that we walk together on a path.” These were the words, spoken by an elder in Rat Portage First Nation, that have remained with me throughout my work in northwestern Ontario. I visited Rat Portage for an Elders Forum put on by a small grassroots initiative called Reconciliation Kenora. The words […]

Bringing the Law to Life in the Classroom

The classroom was like any classroom.  The desks had chairs attached.  There were a couple of loose papers on the floor.  Stacks of paper on the teacher’s desk. The students were quiet at the beginning but it quickly turned into chaos, that beautiful kind of chaos, where true learning happens. The students had moved the […]

Engagement Techniques when doing PLE with a Youth Audience

Presenting information to youth audiences can be exciting and dynamic. But, if I am being honest, it can also be a little intimidating. The students have many other things to think about and distractions abound. It can be tough to communicate a nuanced message on a legal issue without losing their interest. Talking at a […]

Justice Education as a Tool for Empowering Youth

Having worked with a few different youth groups, facilitating public legal education (PLE) workshops and presentations, one thing is quite evident: youth are eager to learn about the justice system and how they fit into it. “Where do I learn what my rights are?” Variations of this question are always asked by our youth, regardless […]

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