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Circles of Learning Conference – May 27 & 28

Please join us on May 27 & 28 for the Circles of Learning Conference

Image1The Circles of Learning Conference is a MAP on Justice Initiative that aims to bring together the legal community to discuss justice issues as they relate to the delivery of legal services to the vulnerable and underserved individuals and communities in need of legal assistance.

The emphasis of this Conference is on strengthening partnerships among the key players in the justice system and to this end, Portage College Public Legal Education took a lead role in bringing together these key players and organizing a conference schedule.

Through plenary sessions, workshops, networking opportunities and special programming, the Conference provides a wide range of learning and sharing experiences for all attendees.

Please see the Conference Brochure for information on conference schedule, fees and registration form.

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Family Law Workshops – Lac La Biche & St. Paul

Bearpaw Legal Education & Resource Centre Family Law Workshops

April 22, 2014 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Portage College, St Paul – Common Area
April 23, 2014 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Portage College, Lac La Biche – Room 143

The A-B-Cs of the Child, Youth & Family Enhancement Act – 9:30 am to 11:30 am
This workshop helps participants navigate their way through Children’s Services and explores the legal rights, programs, and resources available to families. The target audience is frontline family support workers and families who are involved with or risk becoming involved with Children’s Services.

Family Group Conferencing – 12:15 – 2:00 pm
Family Group Conferencing (FGC) is a workshop mainly for service providers or members of the public interested in traditional and collaborative approaches regarding child apprehension. The FGCs are circle processes for families, courtworkers and other community support groups as well as Alberta Children and Youth Services. The FGCs can happen after a child is apprehended and before they are placed in a foster or kinship care situation. The idea is that all parties involved, including the child, have a say in the plan for that child. It is based on a traditional approach to healing. Family Group Conferencing explains how the process works, how it can help families and what NCSA can do to help organize a conference.

Parenting – Legal Rights and Responsibilities – 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm
This workshop highlights the legal rights and responsibilities that come with having children. The target audience for this workshop is young parents or parents-to-be, or those that work with this particular demographic.

Workshops delivered by Nadine Callihoo, Bearpaw Legal Education & Resource Centre.   

Sessions are FREE and registration is required to attend. Please register early as seating is limited. Deadline is noon the day before a scheduled session. Register for any of the Bearpaw sessions by email to, by phone to 1-866-623-5551 (ext. 5680) or online at our Eventbrite page​.

Estate Planning – Bonnyville

Estate Planning - Bonnyville

Bonnyville Community Learning Council in partnership with the Alberta Brain Injury Network & Portage College Public Legal Education invite you to join us for a free PLE seminar:

Estate Planning

April 9, 2014, 1:30 p.m.
Bonnyville Provincial Building
4902 – 50th Avenue, 2nd Floor

Presenter: Christina Tchir, Morrow TCHIR LLP

Do I need a will? If so, do I need a lawyer to write a will? Who do I name as my Executor? Do I need a Power of Attorney and Personal Directive? Attend this free public legal education seminar to find the answers. An experienced lawyer will be presenting, and there will be opportunity to get answers to your estate planning questions.

Cost: FREE, but you must pre-register as seating is limited. Registration deadline is April 7, 2014. To register, call Bonnyville Community Learning Council at 780-826-2150 or by email at

Victim Services Information Sessions in Lac La Biche, Cold Lake & St. Paul

Victim Services Information Sessions in Lac La Biche, Cold Lake & St. Paul

In honour of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, PLE is hosting the following information sessions:


Have you been a victim of crime? Do you know somebody who has been a victim of crime?

When people are victimized by crime or tragedy, they may be confused, overwhelmed, and distrustful of others. They may experience various physical, emotional, behavioural and cognitive difficulties.

Victim Services Societies provide emotional support, crisis intervention, information on criminal injury compensation, police and court case updates and support, and immediate short-term and practical assistance to victims of crime.

Victim Services will provide an overview of the Victim Services Victims of Crimes Protocols, how Victim Services helps the victim and the community, and the types of services and educational sessions provided by Victim Services.

Lac La Biche Information Session:

Presenter:         Melody Littell, Coordinator, LLB VSU
Date & Time:    April 8, 2014 at 10: 00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location:          Portage College, Lac La Biche, Room #143

Register online at eventbrite by clicking here.

CANCELLED -Cold Lake Information Session:

Presenter:        Dave Zimmerman, Coordinator, CLVS
Date & Time:   April 9, 2014 at 10: 00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location:         Portage College, Cold Lake, Room #2321

April 7 UPDATE: Please note that this session in Cold Lake has been cancelled due to low registrations.

St. Paul Information Session:

Presenter:         Pat Laramee, St. Paul Victim Services
Date & Time:   April 10, 2014 at 10: 00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location:         Portage College, St. Paul, Room #145

Register online at eventbrite by clicking here.

These sessions are FREE and registration is required to attend. Please register early as seating is limited. Registration deadline is noon the day before a scheduled session. To register (or for more information) please contact Shelley Jackson at 780-623-5680 (toll free at 1-866-623-5551 ext. 5680); by email at; or by visiting our eventbrite page.

Law Day is coming to St. Paul, AB!

Smoky Lake – Family Violence and Bullying 101

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Information Session on Record Suspensions (Pardons)

Please Join us for a Public Legal Education Information Session

Record Suspensions (Pardons)

November 25, 2013 at 1:00 – 3:00 pm

As a result of Bill C-10, the term “pardon” has been replaced with “record suspension” as of March 13, 2012. A record suspension allows people who were convicted of a criminal offense, but have completed their sentence and demonstrated they are law-abiding citizens for a prescribed number of years, to have their criminal record kept separate and apart from other criminal records. For information on applying for a record suspension, please join us for Public Legal Education Information Session and learn about the changes (as of June, 2010) to the record suspensions process and how to apply for a record suspension through the Parole Board of Canada.

Presenter: Suzette Golden-Greenwood,
Lamoureux Culham, LLP.
Loction: St. Paul Portage College, Room 141
Date & Time: November 25, 2013 at 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Cost: FREE, however REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Session may be cancelled if registration numbers are low. Registration deadline is Nov. 22nd at 430 PM.

To register online, visit our eventbrite page or contact Shelley Jackson at 780-623-5680 or  by email at

Gall Conference 2013 (Edmonton): The State of Economic Rights in Canada

Métis Week Events

Please join us on during Métis Week, as we celebrate the Métis people, their culture and their contributions.

Please visit our Eventbrite page to R.S.V.P.  @@

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CANCELLED- October Family Violence and Bullying training

The October 15- 18, 2013  Family Violence and Bullying training scheduled for Smoky Lake has been cancelled. We will be working with the trainer, Connie Pollard on some new dates for early 2014. Sorry for the inconvenience.

September 2013 Sessions

Hello everyone, fall is back and we are busy planning some great sessions. Here’s what’s going on in September.

Sept. 11 – Wills and Estates planning, under the Metis Settlements Act, in Buffalo Lake Metis. Bill McElhanney from Ackroyd LLP.

Sept. 23 Just Cause – Saddle Lake Off Campus – Bearpaw Legal Education 3

Sept. 23 Going To Court – Saddle Lake Off Campus - Bearpaw Legal Education

Sept. 23 Breach of Probation Saddle Lake off Campus - Bearpaw Legal Education

Sept. 24 FASD and the LAW –  Cold Lake Lakeland Regional FASD


Please get in touch with Belva to register (780-623-5680) or



In Salute to Brain Injury Awareness Month in June


What:   Injury Law, Personal Directives & Enduring Power of Attorney Information Session courtesy of Lamoureux Culham LLP Law Office & informational tables by S.P.A.N./Alberta Brain Injury Network

When:   Tue, June 11, 2013 from 1:00 – 2:30 P.M.

Where:   Room #141, Portage College, St. Paul, 5205-50 Ave.

Cost:   FREE, but registration is required.

Please register early as seated is limited. Contact Shelley Jackson at toll free # 1-866-623-5551 (ext. 5680). You can register by email at or by visiting our Eventbrite page.

Seniors’ Week Workshops – Various Locations

Seniors' Week Workshops - Various Locations

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The following Seniors’ workshops are open to the public:

Elder Abuse – An Often Hidden Problem (1:00 – 2:30 pm)

This workshop helps to understand what elder abuse looks like by talking about the different kinds of abuse that take place in communities. It briefly discusses the root causes of violence toward elders and how the tradtional role has changed. This workshop also gives insight into sharing circles and other healing resources. Session delivered by Bearpaw Legal Resource Centre.

Alberta Seniors Benefit Program (2:30 – 4:00 pm)

An information session on the Alberta Seniors Benefit program which provides support in addition to the federal benefits received under Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Federal Allowance and the GST credit. It is based on income and provides monthly benefits to eligible seniors. Session delivered by Alberta Seniors and Community Supports.

Date & Locations:

June 5th, Portage College, Cold Lake (Room # 1324)
June 6th, Portage College, Bonnyville (Room # 242)
June 11th, Portage College, Lac La Biche (Room # 143)
June 12th, Portage College, St. Paul (Room # 141)

Registration Information:

These workshops are free to attend, but registration is required. To register please contact Shelley Jackson at direct line 780.623.5680 or toll free at 1-866-623-5551 (ext. 5680). You can register by email at or by visiting our Eventbrite page.

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