Supporting Sexual Abuse Survivors Conference

“Navigating the System”

Jellinek Ellis Gluckstein is proud to host our 1st Annual Supporting Sexual Abuse Survivors Conference themed “Navigating the System.” Join us on October 20, 2022, from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM in person or online to hear from survivors, health care professionals, and legal specialists who all play an essential role in caring for people who have experienced sexual abuse.

Anyone can experience sexual assault – male or female, young or old. Sadly, many survivors of sexual abuse feel like they cannot speak their truth because of threats, or they feel guilty, have fear, and/or shame. For some, the thought of seeking justice is daunting, and the system feels overwhelming. Together, the two factors often are enough to prevent survivors from coming forward to seek justice for these crimes against their sexual offenders.

This conference aims to change that. It aims to help survivors feel empowered and confident in seeking justice by demystifying various legal processes and offering an overview of care resources available to survivors.

A survivor’s journey to healing is very personal to them, and their unique circumstances will play a role in what they choose to do and when they decide to do it and this conference aims to honour that.

Conference Details

Date: October 20, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location (In-Person): Atrium on Bay, 595 Bay Street, 11th Floor, Earth and Sky Conference Rooms

Location (Online): A link will be provided

Cost: Free

Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker, sîpihkopiyesiw/Colleen Hele-Cardinal, is nehiyaw iskwew (Plains Cree) from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, AB but was adopted and raised in Sault Ste Marie, ON. Colleen also speaks publicly and candidly about MMIW2SG and the impacts of the 60’s Scoop, drawing critical connections between colonial child welfare removal policies and her lived experiences and those of women in her family. She is the author of the Ohpikiihaakan-ohpihmeh (Raised somewhere else): A 60s Scoop Adoptee’s Story of Coming Home and spearheading the GIS mapping initiative Mapping the 60s Scoop Diaspora, and being awarded the Ontario Premiers Award for Outstanding Community Service. Currently, Colleen is a crisis counsellor at the Hope for Wellness Crisis Line and a Criminology student at Carleton University.

To Register:

Here is the official conference webpage –

Thank you, and have a great business day!