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Unit 4: Family Law

CHAPTER 14: CHILDREN AND FAMILY LAW

E-ACTIVITY: LAW COMMISSION OF CANADA’S INSTITUTIONAL CHILD ABUSE REPORT (p. 446)

Activity: Investigate the Law Commission of Canada’s Report on Institutional Child Abuse

In the year 2000, Parliament received the Law Commission of Canada’s report titled “Restoring Dignity—Responding to Child Abuse in Canadian Institutions.” Why was this report commissioned? How did it respond to the needs of survivors?

To answer these questions, research the Law Commission’s report on institutional child abuse, fill in an investigation sheet about it, and comment upon it.

  1. Visit the Law Commission of Canada’s Web site and complete the following investigation sheet. Click here if you would like to download the investigation chart.
REPORT ON INSTITUTIONAL CHILD ABUSE - INVESTIGATION SHEET
At the Web site, select “About this Project” and answer the following 6 questions:
 
1. When was the Law Commission given the task of completing this report?

 

2. Who put forward the request?

 

3. Why was this report commissioned?

 

4. Where had the abuse taken place?

 

5. What types of abuse were examined?

 

6. What was the research focus for the 4 key papers?

 

Select the March 23, 2000, news release and answer the following 3 questions:

 

7. How are governments encouraged to respond?

 

8. In addition to compensation, what other services were suggested?

 

9. What caution about the past was issued?

 

Download the Executive Summary of the Report as a pdf file and answer the following question:

 

10. Turn to page 9 of the Executive Summary and summarize the 5 principles that should be respected in the process of establishing redress programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  1. The mission of the Law Commission of Canada is to engage Canadians in the renewal of law, and to ensure that it is relevant, responsive, effective, equally accessible to all, and just. To what end do you think this was accomplished by its report “Restoring Dignity”? Justify your answer.
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