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Nikisha (Niki) Browne – Profile of a Past Program Participant

“Justice education is a pillar for social change.” – Nikisha Browne Niki graduated from Cathedral High School in Hamilton in 2016.  As a student in grades 11 and 12, she participated in several of OJEN’s school-based programs including Mock Trials, Twitter Moots and Sistahs in Law: Paving the Way. While in high school, Niki wrote […]

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A message from OJEN’s executive director

Dear friends of OJEN, At the end of another challenging year, it’s nice to have some good news to share.   OJEN is having a birthday! In 2022 we celebrate 20 years of building legal capability in young people. For the last two decades we’ve worked hard to form connections between people who work in the […]

Outreach programs for vulnerable youth

OJEN connects with a wide range of vulnerable youth audiences through partnerships with community organizations throughout Ontario.  Outreach programming focuses on experiential learning and providing the legal life skills to navigate common legal issues.  Ordinarily offered as in-person sessions, the Covid-19 pandemic made it necessary to re-design several existing programs and adapt them for remote […]

Brampton Judge Receives Chief Justices’ Award

The Honourable Justice Nancy S. Kastner of the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton received the Ontario Justice Education Network’s (OJEN) Chief Justices’ Award at a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Presided over by Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve of the Ontario Court of Justice, Chief Justice Geoffrey B. Morawetz of the Superior Court […]


OJEN is offering an online training session for justice sector professionals in Ottawa on how to facilitate OJEN’s Navigating Police Encounters program.   Navigating Police Encounters is a two-session interactive justice education program that offers youth and young adults (ages 14-26) the opportunity to build their knowledge and understanding of the law governing rights and responsibilities […]

OJEN Poster Challenge 2022: Register now!

The Poster Challenge invites grade 5 students to create posters that express what they value about Canadian democracy and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It meets Grade 5 Ontario curriculum expectations in Social Studies in a fun and effective way. A selection of posters will be included in OJEN’s Art in the Courts […]

Now available: Guidelines for Better Legal Workshops webinar recording

During Access to Justice Week, October 25th to 28th, OJEN and the Public Legal Education Association of Canada (PLEAC) co-hosted a 90 minute webinar entitled Guidelines for better legal workshops: best practices for effective public legal education presentations. The session was designed for legal professionals interested in offering legal education workshops for the public.  The […]

Teachers: sign up for Défi de la Charte!

Défi de la Charte is OJEN’s new French language mock appeal program. Our original plan to begin the program on November 1st, has been changed to allow schools starting a new quadmester on November 8th to participate.  The program now begins on November 15th and teachers can sign up until December 3rd. Find more information […]

OOCMT Update

Planning is underway for the 2021-2022 OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) program. We are tentatively anticipating that mock trials will take place in person for Spring 2022, although some regions will offer them online.  We will, of course, be ready to host all mock trials online should it remain unsafe to offer them in person.  […]

OJEN hosts first committee chairs’ meeting

The first meeting of local OJEN Committee chairs from across Ontario took place on October 27th by Zoom video conference.  Committee chairs from 15 of the 17 committees attended.  Local OJEN committees support the delivery of OJEN’s province-wide programs while developing justice education activities tailored to the specific needs of their own communities. Over the […]

Navigating Police Encounters Training – Ottawa

The Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) is offering a free professional development workshop for Youth Workers, community leaders, educators and other adults that support youth residents in Ottawa. This workshop builds knowledge and understanding of the law governing rights and responsibilities during encounters with police and the legal resources available for support. Date: December 15, […]

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