Child & Youth Care in Action VI Conference


Dr. Martin Brokenleg and Shanne McCaffrey, chairs of the 2019 Child and Youth Care in Action VI Conference, invite you to step up to our community circle and gather. We invite one and all to discuss and share ideas, strategies, approaches, and experiences in these extraordinary times and the changing contexts that the field of child and youth care is experiencing. We have seen many trials expose the racist, sexist, and often imperialist underbelly of a political and social justice system that still privileges property, hegemony, nationalism, and profit. We have also seen astounding justice decisions that move resilience, reclamation, and resurgence of families, communities, and nations in solidarity with allies, advocates, and like-minded groups and organizations. We all want to find the trails that inevitably move us to the centre of the circle for equity, social justice, community wellness, and security. We want to hear from: community folks,learners, activists, allies, storytellers, accomplices, agitators, researchers, writers, artists, healers,wisdom keepers, academics, and practitioners.

Conference Themes are inspired by the Community Wellness Drum created by local Coast Salish artist, Dylan Thomas. The Community Wellness Drum is a symbolic representation of our continued commitment to moving towards wellness for children, youth, families, and communities. The design depicts four figures who come together to form a perfect circle around the centre point. 

The four figures represent families, relationships, culture, and communities. If one of the figures was re-moved or misplaced, the circle would not be complete and the middle circle would be exposed. When the figures come together, they form a protective barrier around the centre, which symbolizes the security created when our communities work in a supportive and harmonious fashion. (Dylan Thomas, 2016)
The full conference program can be viewed here: CYC in Action VI Conference Program
Please see the invitation for submissions to the Conference Special Issue of the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies here: Call for Papers.

Conference registration is now open!


Registration fee includes: 

  • Welcome Buffet Breakfast – Thursday, April 25th starting at 8:00 am
  • Plenaries, presentations/workshops, and nutrition breaks – April 25th, 26th, and 27th
  • Evening Reception at the University Club – Friday, April 26th, 6:00-9:30 pm


There are three registration options:

$200 – Early Bird registration (until February 28)

$245 – Regular registration (March 1 - April 22)

$115 – Current Student registration

All presenters must register in order to guarantee inclusion in the conference program and schedule.




Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations and requests for refunds of the registration fee must be made in writing (email, fax or mail). No phone requests will be honoured. If you would like to cancel your registration, please contact Caroline Green ( All cancellation requests must be made by April 12, 2019. A $20.00 processing fee will be assessed. Requests for refunds will not be processed after this date.


Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour

A block of rooms at reduced rates have been reserved for conference attendees at the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour.

Deluxe Room

Single - $162

Double - $162

Triple - $192

Quad - $222

Booking: Conference attendees can book individually by calling reservations toll-free at 1-888-236-2427 and asking for the CYC in Action April 2019 group rate.

For those who prefer to book online, please use the link below. One click will take you directly to the group reservation window:

Book your room for CYC in Action April 2019

A few things to keep in mind:

  • As this is a courtesy room block, guestrooms are held based on hotel availability so this reduced room rate may become unavailable, without notice if the hotel is close to sold out during these dates.
  • Individual credit card numbers must be provided at time of booking to guarantee each reservation.
  • Cancellation Policy: First night’s Room & Tax will be charged if cancellations are received 3 days or less prior to arrival.Directions:

Swan’s Hotel 

Swan’s Hotel has agreed to offer conference attendees a 20% reduction in room rates.

One Bedroom Suite (with Kitchen)


Two Bedroom Suite (with Kitchen)


Booking: Conference attendees can book individually by calling reservations toll-free at 1-800-668-7926 and asking for the UVic CYC Conference group rate.




There are many affordable accommodation options close to the University of Victoria campus. Please see the Air BNB site for more information:

Please feel free to contact the Conference Coordinator, Caroline Green, ( with questions about accommodations’ proximity to campus and transit routes.


On Campus

Unfortunately, accommodations normally available on the University of Victoria campus are currently undergoing renovations. There are no accommodations available on campus through UVic Housing Services during the conference.


In 2016, the School of Child and Youth Care embarked on finding a symbol that we felt could represent our school, intent and mission. We called on local Salish artist, Dylan Thomas and he felt that he had the vision and conception that mirrored our values and history and commitment to working towards Indigenization, decolonization and, finally, reconciliation. The symbol that he created is called: Community Wellness. Dylan Thomas explains its significance and meaning.

Community Wellness is dedicated to the power of harmony in First Nations communities. The design depicts four human figures who come together to form a perfect circle around the center point. The middle circle represents First Nations youth and culture, and the four humans represent our families, relationships, culture and communities. If one of the figures was removed or misplaced, the circle would not be complete and the middle circle would be exposed, but when the four figures are placed correctly, they form a protective boarder around the center, which symbolizes the security created when our communities work in a supportive and harmonious fashion. (Dylan Thomas 2016)

Our Drum, Community Wellness, will be at the Child and Youth Care in Action VI Conference: Moving Through the Trails and Trials Toward Community Wellness.

One of the functions of the drum is to be a witness and to be present and affirm the good work and practices that are being established in our local, national, international families and communities. We invite you to build a relationship with Community Wellness Drum and to remember that we stand for families, relationships, culture and communities.

At the entrance of the School of Child and Youth Care, stoically stands the Transformation Pole. In 1993, Artist and Carver Don Smith was commissioned to carve a totem for the School of Child and Youth Care to commemorate 20 years since its inception. The pole is carved of red cedar and depicts the Salish Thunderbird as half eagle and half human. Enveloped between the wings of the thunderbird nests a child or youth. The Thunderbird is there to protect and clutch this youth as her own; enclosing the youth in the spirit of contentment. In 2019, the school will see 46 years.

We acknowledge and affirm the transformation pole in the entrance and it will partner with the Community Wellness drum as a constant reminder of the commitment and work that we need to do to all move us to a place of reconciliation. Please say hello and remember to develop your own relationship with the pole that has stood the test of time and still greets all of us as we make our way into the school. This pole in tree form grew on the land and now rests as a reminder to us all of the transformation that can and is always happening in our midst. To the pole we say Hy’chka Siem. Thank you for being there for all of us, the children, youth and families.