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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 […]

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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 […]

Beyond Rights Education: What Youth Want to Know About the Law

Volunteering with the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN), I recently began facilitating a family law mock trial at the Afghan Women’s Organization for newcomer youth. Its aims are to give Afghan youth the opportunity to work with lawyers involved in the justice system, and to develop their analytic thinking skills. As a first year law […]

How do you get convicted of attempting to murder the person you just killed? Here’s how.

It is possible to be convicted of attempting to murder the person you’ve just killed, even if you weren’t convicted of murdering them. That’s what just happened in the recently concluded trial of Constable James Forcillo. Toronto criminal defence laywer James Miglin explains for us in less than three minutes:

Justice Education at the Elementary School Level

It is not often that elementary classrooms are considered hot spots for justice education. Justice education is typically believed to be a topic reserved for older students, who are at least high school aged. At the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN), we have made a concerted effort to change this ideology, by targeting elementary students […]

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