Engaging and Inspiring International Keynote Speakers at CASWE-ACFTS Conference

March, 2018. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Renée Brassard and Mrs. Pamela Pezoa as our Keynote Speakers.

 Renée Brassard is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Université Laval, as well as a researcher at the International Center for Comparative Criminology of Université de Montréal and at The Interdisciplinary Research Center on Family Violence and Violence against Women (CRI-VIFF). Dr. Brassard is specialized in the field of the criminal justice and the Natives in Quebec, more specifically, on the prison trajectories of the native men in Quebec and programs of native spirituality within Quebec’s prisons.


 For the past three decades, Pamela Pezoa’s personal and professional life has been closely connected to the human rights movement and the struggles for the self-determination of one of the largest indigenous groups in Chile – the Mapuche peoples. As a student leader, she actively opposed the Pinochet military dictatorship (1973-1990) and spent time as a political prisoner in the Coronel prison (Concepción, Chile). In her social work career, Pamela worked at the Special Program for Indigenous Peoples and for the Programme of Reparation and Comprehensive Care in the Field of Health and Human Rights (PRAIS) in the Araucaria Region in the Province of Arauco (2002-2015).

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