Our mission is to ensure that advanced knowledge, generated through research, about children and adolescents with special needs, particularly in the areas of mental health, addictions, education, and youth justice, is disseminated to those who need it most with a focus on those living in rural and northern communities. This includes parents, children and youth, service providers, community groups, researchers, non-government organizations, federal, provincial and territorial governments, and all who can make a difference in the lives of these children and adolescents.
Through the work of our Centre, our intention is to establish a network of researchers, practitioners, and community stakeholders who collaborate to produce knowledge and translate that knowledge to positive youth development. Using a strength-based approach we will facilitate improvements in family and youth functioning and increase awareness of children and adolescent mental health.
The goal is to ensure a future where children and adolescents can combine the riches of life in rural, remote and northern communities with the best services Canada has to offer. To achieve this goal the Centre focuses on:
- Increasing families' access to and use of information that contributes to health and well-being of children and youth
- Contributing to knowledge that supports healthy lifestyles in children, youth and families in their communities
- Increasing the effectiveness of practitioners working with children, youth and families through research, training and knowledge transfer
- Influencing policy related to prevention, early intervention and health promotion for children and youth