June 25, 2020
From June 16 to 18, 2020, the Vanier Institute participated in an Expert Group Meeting on “Families in Development: Focus on Modalities for IYF+30, Parenting Education and the Impact of COVID-19,” organized by the Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social affairs (UN DESA).
Experts from around the world joined to assess the progress, challenges and emerging issues related to parenting and education, including:
- Appropriate ways and means for the preparations and observance of the 30th anniversary of the International Year of the Family (IYF) and beyond (2020–2024)
- Parenting education in the context of Sustainable Development Goal 16 and beyond
- The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on families and parenting
Nora Spinks, CEO of the Vanier Institute of the Family, presented an overview of the months of data collection and analysis undertaken by the COVID-19 Social Impacts Network, highlighted the newly launched Canadian Family Policy Monitor, and discussed recent research and articles related to how families in Canada have been navigating and adapting to the pandemic.
The Vanier Institute also prepared the paper Families “Safe at Home”: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Parenting in Canada, which highlights family experiences and well-being during COVID-19, as well the current resources, policies, programs and initiatives that exist to support families and family life.
In addition to government responses, a summary is provided of the diverse range of available services from pre-parenthood to adolescence and to serve parents across Canada, including those who belong to Indigenous, 2SITLGBQ+ and newcomer communities.