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Families in Canada Conference, June 2015
February 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 that 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!



Death, Dying and Canadian Families
February 2015
The Supreme Court's ruling in the Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) case regarding doctor-assisted death has sparked a great deal of public discussion about the experience of death and dying in Canada. Dr. Katherine's Arnup's Death, Dying and Canadian Families, provides valualbe context and understanding for this issue by exploring the experiences of dying people and their families.


Families in Canada Conference, June 10 and 11, 2015
January 2015
The Families in Canada Conference 2015, which coincides with the Vanier Institute’s 50th Anniversary, will mobilize research, identify knowledge gaps, build connections, inspire minds and enhance our understanding of families in Canada. Learn more by visiting the conference website. #FAM2015


Demographics, Ageism, Family Violence (Transition Vol. 44 No. 4)
December 2014
In the 1980s, the Vanier Institute developed a functional definition of family, centred on what families do. This issue of Transition revisits how the definition was arrived at and looks at how families manage money, aging and caregiving, intimate partner abuse and intergenerational and long-distance relationships.

In memory of Carol Matusicky
December 2014
One of the most dedicated and authoritative Canadians ever to speak on behalf of families in this country passed away on Friday, December 5, 2014, in the arms of her own family.