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Future Us is not intended to speak for peoples or communities. It is a dynamic document meant to spark and advance a national dialogue on elder abuse in Canada.

Our aim is for this engagement strategy to grow and evolve, as local communities adopt it and governments recognize the urgent need to align investments and focus on prevention.

Future Us
is for individuals in any community who have concerns about the current state of the health and well-being of older people. It is our hope that we can work together from very different places to achieve a common goal of elder abuse prevention across the country. In working together for the future of us, may we also find healing in the action to sustain us on the journey.

A note on language

Future Us uses the term “elder abuse” throughout the document, recognizing that the World Health Organization and most governments refer to the issue using this language. There are regional differences, including Québec, where it is referred to as “mistreatment” (maltraitance). We recognize that “elder” is different from the term “Elder” as it is used in Indigenous and collectivist communities.

Future Us refers to “older people”, “older adults”, and occasionally “seniors” interchangeably and without an age specification. The term “regional" is used interchangeably with Provincial/Territorial.

Partners & Advisors

The Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) is the lead in developing the Future Us strategy, working in partnership with advocates, professionals and researchers from across Canada. They include:

Bénédicte Schoepflin
Executive Director, Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse  

Krista James
National Director, Canadian Centre for Elder Law

Olive Bryanton
PhD, Citizen Advisor

Celeste Pang
PhD, Senior Research Officer, 2SLGBTQI Health, Aging and Housing, Egale Canada

Laura Tamblyn-Watts
Founder and CEO, CanAge

Patrick Power
RSW, Citizen Advisor

Diana Cable
Director, Policy and Research, CanAge

Margaret Gillis
President, International Longevity Centre Canada; Co-President, International Longevity Centre Global Alliance

Raeann Rideout
Director, Partnerships & Outreach, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario

Kathy Majowski
RNBN, Board Chair, Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Margaret MacPherson
Research Associate, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, Western University

Raza Mirza
PhD, Assistant Professor (Status) University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Institute for Life Course and Aging; Network Manager, National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE)

Kiran Rabheru
MD, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa; Chair, Steering Group, Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People

Marta Hajek
Executive Director, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario

Sandra Hirst
BScN, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus-Nursing, University of Calgary; Board Vice Chair, Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Consultations were held with leaders from provincial/territorial elder abuse prevention networks:

Consultations were also held with advocates, professionals and government staff in provinces and territories that do not have a regional network in:

You may copy, download, distribute, display, and otherwise deal freely with this publication. Please acknowledge the source of this publication, do not modify or use for commercial purpose. We invite you to share any Roadmap-inspired work you are undertaking on the map.

If you have any questions about this roadmap, please reach out to CNPEA at

Designed by: Tess Widdifield Consulting
Translation by: MOSAIC BC

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