Here is the lineup for Virtual Symposium 2021!

Monday, November 1

7:00 – 8:30
Paul Thompson, Little Leaf Cannabis Co.
This session will provide an educational overview of marijuana – the types, styles, methods of use, average dosage, and science behind the effects. Cannabis stores are becoming prevalent in communities across the province. This session will benefit staff in learning more about the industry.
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Tuesday, November

9:00 – 10:30
Presentation by Downie Wenjack Fund
Representatives from the Downie Wenjack Fund will provide a PowerPoint presentation, with an overview of the Fund’s mission and purpose. The DWF provides access to education on the true history of Indigenous People in Canada and the history of Residential Schools.

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1:15 – 2:15
Radicalized youth – Yorktown Family Services|
This session will discuss how programs offered through Yorktown Family Services are supporting people away from polarized and grievance-based violence.

The session will cover:

  • basics of grievance-based violence and growing trend amongst youth and young adults
  • vulnerability factors that lead people towards groups or ideologies that promote violence
  • interventions and outcomes
  • legal framework and intervention
  • resources, and how people can access supports

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Wednesday, November 3

9:00 – 12:00
Human Trafficking – Survivor/OPP/HTRO
This presentation will include Kelly Franklin (founder and C.E.D. of Courage For Freedom), OPP Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Officers, and Kelly Beale (Human Trafficking Restraining Order lawyer). The aim is to promote awareness of the gravity and severity of Human Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation as it is Canada’s 2nd highest grossing crime, yet one of the most under reported and most untrained issue. The presentation will offer a survivor perspective, an enforcement perspective and legal alternatives through the Restraining Orders.
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1:15 – 2:15
Nishnawbe Aski Police Services
This session is intended to provide education to all PPOs, specifically North Region officers, about different aspects of Indigenous Reserves, Band Councils, or the NAPS. the workings of Indigenous reserves, Band Councils or the NAPS. Participants will develop cultural awareness that would be of significant benefit to POs and PPOs who interact with Indigenous Populations.
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Thursday, November 4

9:00 – 10:00
Pathways to Violence, Personality Based Interview & Threat Assessments – OPP
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10:00 – 11:00
The Drug Poisoning Crisis: how did we get here and how do we get out? – CMHA
This session will be presented by Sudha Sabanadesan, Policy Analyst (Substance Use Lead); CMHA.
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1:15 – 3:00
Pozitive Pathways
This session will cover various aspects of substance addiction, with a focus on the use of harm reduction approach.
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Times are subject to change!  Members will be notified about any changes to the above schedule through email or our social media accounts. 


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•POAO members: free with option to donate to Downie Wenjack Fund

•Associate members: $25 (for whole week)

•Non-Members: $75 (for whole week)


Monday night:

Little Leaf Cannabis Co –



Radicalized Youth –


Anti HT/SE:



OPP Threat Assessment –

CMHA on Substance Abuse –

Pozitive Pathways