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Respect, Reconciliation and Resilience: Phil Fontaine and Archbishop V. James Weisgerber in Conversation
August 2015

During the Families in Canada Conference 2015, the Vanier Institute of the Family invited former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Phil Fontaine and former President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Archbishop V. James Weisgerber to discuss their personal journeys toward reconciliation and becoming family, and their insights on the realities and experiences of Indigenous families in Canada.

Watch and/or listen to the podcast on the Vanier Institute blog!


Reflections on the Families in Canada Conference 2015
August 2015

On June 10 and 11, 2015, the Vanier Institute of the Family hosted the Families in Canada Conference 2015, where Canadian leaders from diverse professions, disciplines and backgrounds came together in Ottawa to discuss the stories and statistics behind a wide range of topics related to families and family life in Canada.

Read Vanier Institute CEO Nora Spinks’s reflections on the Vanier Institute blog!


Governor General David Johnston at the Families in Canada Conference 2015
August 2015

On June 10, 2015, His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston launched the Families in Canada Conference 2015 with opening remarks about families and family life in Canada, past, present and future. Their insights provided an inspirational beginning to this historic event.

Watch the full opening remarks in our first Vanier Institute video podcast. Stay tuned – we’ll be posting much more in the weeks ahead!


50 Years: Looking Back, Looking Forward (Transition Vol. 45 No. 2)
June 2015

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Vanier Institute of the Family, this issue of Transition showcases content from people who have worked with the Institute, past and present, and features their thoughts, reflections and insights about the Institute and its work over the last half-century.


Dads Play a Greater Role at Home: Family Life Benefits
June 2015

As Canadians prepare to celebrate Father’s Day, modern fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers are redefining what exactly fatherhood means to families and society. Canada’s 8.1 million increasingly diverse dads are taking on a greater role in their children’s lives. This evolution in fatherhood has had positive impacts inside and outside the family home. Read more on our blog.


Timeline: 50 Years of Families in Canada
May 2015

Today’s society and today’s families would have been difficult to imagine, let alone understand, a half-century ago. Families and family life have become increasingly diverse and complex, but families have always been the cornerstone of our society, the engine of our economy and at the centre of our hearts. Learn about how families and family experiences in Canada have changed over the past 50 years with our new timeline!



Families in Canada Conference, June 2015
April 2015

On June 10 and 11, 2015, the Vanier Institute of the Family will host the Families in Canada Conference 2015 at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel. This historic event will enhance our understanding of families and family life in Canada by mobilizing research, building knowledge networks, fostering connections and inspiring minds from across the country. Registration is open, but space is limited – register today!


Sleep, Family Meals, Family Formation (Transition Vol. 45 No. 1)
March 2015

This issue of Transition explores the three pillars of health: sleep and its effect on families and family life; nutrition, as seen from the perspective of the family meal; and exercise, in the context of physical activity incorporated into electronic gaming thanks to modern consoles.