Published by Communications and Public Affairs (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982 or 53338
February 18, 2002
Growing up male in Canada topic of conference
The reasons growing up male in Canada is becoming increasingly dangerous and distressing is the topic of a two-day conference in Toronto March 4 and 5, sponsored by the Kids Help Phone, Central Toronto Youth Services, and the University of Guelph's Office of Opening Learning.
"Canadian Boys: Untold Stories" will be held at the Toronto Colony Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Conference participants will hear young men from across Canada tell their stories, including experiences in schools, prisons and the child welfare system. Keynote addresses will be presented by Fred Mathews, conference co-chair and director of research at Central Toronto Youth Services, and Guy L'Heureux, founder of the Edmonton-based Canadian Male Survivors of Child Abuse Resource Centre. Mathews will speak at 10:30 a.m. March 4 on
"Invisible Boys," exploring the cultural myths and stereotypes that leave men and young boys vulnerable. L'Heureux will speak at 9:30 a.m. March 5 on "A Place at the Table: A Male Victim's Journey," on the ongoing search for healing, social justice and compassion. Other conference topics include: the price we pay for shaming little boys, the use of boys in pornography, males in the criminal justice system, substance abuse and sexual violence.
"We have been slow to acknowledge that boys are facing extraordinary challenges today," Mathews said. "Tragically, and at great cost to male children and youth, we have also been negligent to speak plainly and openly about their predicament. The time has come for us to speak about boys and young men's lives -- in all their diversity-- and respond with compassion."
Highlights of the conference include:
Full conference details are available at: http://www.open.uoguelph.ca/cdnboys/program.html
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