We’re back, recharged and refreshed after a much welcomed summer break! Like many families, we’re looking forward to a fresh new season. In this fall edition of InfoVanier, we explore the physical and mental well-being of the diverse members of Canadian families. We also take a look at the Calls to Action in Spirit Bear’s Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
This issue is packed with insights from our partners in research.
As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions. Share your feedback at [email protected].
Mary Simon is appointed as the new Governor General of Canada
Congratulations to Mary Simon, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., O.Q., C.D., on being appointed as the 30th Governor General of Canada!
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Simon served as a member of the Vanier Institute’s Board of Directors. An Inuk leader and former diplomat, Ms. Simon has been an advocate for Inuit rights and culture in Canada and abroad for more than 40 years. She has represented the Inuit to the Government of Canada and the United Nations, and has served in diverse roles throughout her career, including Canadian Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs and Canadian Ambassador to Denmark.
We look forward to Ms. Simon’s leadership and continuing to work with the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.
- Promoting the Health of Older Adults: The Canadian Experience. Announcement (470 words).
Promoting the Health of Older Adults: The Canadian Experience is now available from Canadian Scholars, featuring a chapter on death and dying by Katherine Arnup, PhD, and Nathan Battams.
- Timeline: 50 Years of Families in Canada (1971–2021). Online resource (140 words).
Our updated, interactive timeline highlights some of the trends and developments that relate to and/or have had an impact on families and family life in Canada.
- Metrics to Meaning: Capturing the Diversity of Couples in Canada.
Kathya Aathavan shares research on measuring diversity within couple relationships in Canada.
What We’re Reading
- Valerie Gagnon and Ana Fostik, Canadian Social Survey: Covid-19 and Wellbeing, Statistics Canada (September 24, 2021).
- Barbara Neis et al., Mobility in a Pandemic: COVID-19 and the Mobile Labour Force, On the Move Partnership (September 2021 UPDATE).
- Anne C. Gadermann et al., Examining the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Family Mental Health in Canada: Findings from a National Cross-Sectional Study, BMJ Open (2021).
- Heidi Cramm et al., Caring for Children and Youth from Canada’s Military Families, Paediatrics & Child Health (September 13, 2021).
- Ana Fostik, COVID-19 and Fertility in Canada: A Commentary, Canadian Studies in Population (September 3, 2021).
- First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, Spirit Bear’s Guide to the TRC Calls to Action (2020).
- Children First Canada, Raising Canada 2021: Top 10 Threats to Childhood in Canada Recovering from the Impacts of COVID-19 (September 1, 2021).
What’s in the Media
- COVID-19 Restrictions Forced Many to Embrace Slower, Less Scheduled Lives. But Will It Last?. Globe and Mail article featuring research from COVID-19 IMPACTS: Youth Well-being in Canada.
- École post-COVID et santé mentale des élèves. Ligue des droits de l’enfant article featuring research from Families Struggle to Cope with Financial Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Back to the Future. Toronto Sun article featuring Nathan Battams, Vanier Institute of the Family.
- Kindness Column: Rethinking the Definition of Family. The Concord Insider article featuring the Vanier Institute’s Definition of Family.
- Teen Sets the Table for Highlands Families. The Highlander article featuring research from Infographic: Canada’s Families on the Farm.
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