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Media Advisory - Queen's University hosts Senator Landon Pearson and public lecture on corporal punishment

Monday, October 16, 2017

Senator Landon Pearson is a long-time advocate for the rights and well-being of children and served in the Senate of Canada from 1994 to 2005. She visits Queen’s University as part of the upcoming public lecture, The Road to Reconciliation and the Protection of Children, when 28 key stakeholders will come together to focus on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Sixth Call to Action: repealing Section 43 of Canada’s Criminal Code regarding corporal punishment.


Senator Pearson was instrumental in Canada, signing the Convention on the Rights of the Child and has always been a champion of children’s rights. She currently runs the Landon Pearson Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights. During her time at Queen’s, Senator Pearson will be speaking in Professor Valerie Michaelson’s class about the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the corporal punishment of children.


The Road to Reconciliation and the Protection of Children is an opportunity for a diverse group of stakeholders including public health researchers, Indigenous leaders, the clergy, church leaders, theologians and students to come together to discuss the TRC’s Sixth Call to Action. Queen’s University will facilitate a two-day process of discussion and debate centered on the following questions:

  • What theologies have led many Christian church leaders and members to endorse and perpetuate corporal punishment of children?
  • What theologies call for protection of children and their physical, mental and spiritual well-being?
  • What can we learn from traditional Indigenous child-rearing practices to help us understand the impact of students’ experiences of corporal punishment in the Indian Residential Schools, and how do these practices, as well as positive discipline approaches, inform more constructive discipline practices that could be encouraged in the Christian church?

The outcome of this event will be a theologically-based consensus statement on corporal punishment and the TRC's 6th Call to Action. The statement will be available to the media Monday, October 23. The TRC’s Calls to Action provide the roadmap for moving forward with reconciliation.


The media are invited to an interview opportunity with Senator Pearson Tuesday, October 17 at 1:30 pm at the University Club.

The media are also invited to attend the public lecture Friday, October 20 at 7:30 pm in Convocation Hall located in Theological Hall on the Queen’s campus.

Media Relations Contact
Anne Craig, 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca

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