Republic of Childhood Youth Forum celebrating the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, is seeking volunteers and lots of attendees. The forum is held at the Carleton Dominion Chalmers Centre on November 20-22. The events are free and open to the public (registration required).

Event Poster

The forum will showcase the work and insights of 150 elementary, middle, and high school students from across Ottawa as well as Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation who have been participating in a series of in-school writing workshops. The event also features the work of participatory researchers and child and youth-oriented professionals from Germany, the US, and Canada, including some of our own Carleton University faculty members.

Of particular interest to undergraduate and graduate students across many disciplines will be the lunchtime talks and evening keynote panels. These events are a great opportunity for students to engage with the work of some outstanding scholars in childhood and youth studies, curriculum studies, theatre and performance studies, urban education, critical psychology, sociology, early childhood studies, and more!  

To view all of the forum events, visit and click on events.

Click here to view event poster.

Anyone interested in volunteering can register at

You can also follow Republic of Children on Twitter at @WritersfestRofC

Please contact Julie Garlen at with any questions.

Republic of Childhood project team:
Julie Garlen and Mayurika Chakravorty, Carleton University
Thea Yeatman and Neil Wilson, The Ottawa International Writers Festival
Nicholas Ng-A-Fook and Linda Radford, The University of Ottawa