Nouvelles de la Fédération

Budget 2016 signals important research and innovation discussions coming in 2016


Here at the Federation, we’ve been picking apart the 2016 federal budget and also keeping an eye out for what our colleagues are saying. There seems to be a solid consensus growing: March 22 was a good day for Canadian scholarship in its many forms.

The Federation’s overall impressions are articulated in our post-budget media release, and a detailed analysis of the budget is available in our 2016 budget briefing note. The following is a brief overview of a few key topics, including issues that we feel are likely to be highly relevant in the coming year.

The 2015 Liberal election platform had no specific promises relating to research funding, so it was a welcome surprise to see a funding increase of $95 million split between the...

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Canada needs a Chief Research and Knowledge Advisor


It has been exciting to see the Canadian government make progress on its knowledge agenda, beginning with the reinstatement of the long-form census. The Federation is thrilled to be participating in another exciting development: the creation of a new senior research advisor in the federal government. The Federation recently submitted its recommendations to Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan for the creation of a Chief Research and Knowledge Advisor.

In their 2015 election campaign, the Liberal party committed to creating a new Chief Science Officer. As a new government, they’ve so far followed through on that promise, with the prime minister mandating Minister Duncan to create the post. The Federation strongly supports this project, and we have submitted a set of recommendations that we feel can help make Canada’s research-advisory system the best in the world.


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Le Canada a besoin de se doter d’un Conseiller principal à la recherche et au savoir


Il est très encourageant de constater que le gouvernement canadien progresse dans son programme du savoir en commençant par le rétablissement de la version longue du formulaire de recensement. La Fédération est ravie d’avoir à participer à un autre développement stimulant : la création d’un poste de conseiller principal en recherche au sein de l’administration fédérale. Récemment, la Fédération a adressé ses recommandations à la ministre des Sciences Kirsty Duncan en prévision de la création d’un poste de Conseiller principal à la recherche et au savoir. 

Au cours de la campagne électorale de 2015, le Parti libéral du Canada s’était engagé à nommer un Directeur scientifique. Peu après la formation du nouveau gouvernement, le premier ministre donne suite à la promesse en chargeant la ministre Duncan de créer le poste. La Fédération soutient sans réserve ce projet et a soumis...

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Transformer notre relation avec les membres : lancement du Plan stratégique 2016-2020

Jean-Marc Mangin, Directeur général, Fédération des sciences humaines

Lisez le Plan stratégique 2016-2020.

Nombreux sont ceux qui, au sein de la communauté universitaire, considèrent la planification stratégique avec un certain scepticisme. Soit parce qu’à leurs yeux le propos est une enfilade de vœux pieux ou qu’il est rédigé en langue de bois, beaucoup de critiques n’observent aucune modification significative du comportement ou du rendement organisationnel par l’adoption d’une telle démarche. La Fédération vient tout juste d’achever l’exécution de son plan stratégique 2011-2015. Qu’est-ce qui a changé? Quel bilan pouvons-nous dresser au regard des objectifs que nous nous...

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Transforming our relationship with members: Launching Strategic Plan 2016-2020

Jean-Marc Mangin, Executive Director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Read Strategic Plan 2016-2020.

Many in the academic community view strategic planning with some degree of skepticism. Either full of motherhood statements and/or written in bureaucratese, many critics do not observe significantly altered organizational behavior and performance from the adoption of strategic plans. The Federation has just completed the execution of its 2011-2015 strategic plan. What has changed? How did we do when compared with our goals? Pretty well, I would venture to say: out of 17 strategic goals, the key operational objectives have been reached for eight, significant progress...

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The challenge of reconciliation in one moment

Peter Severinson, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

For me, the most exciting, challenging and inspiring moment at the Federation’s Annual Conference last week came from a young woman who spoke from the floor. We had just heard a moving and thought-provoking talk from Wab Kinew, the acclaimed writer, journalist and musician who is now serving as Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Winnipeg. He spoke about the challenges our colleges and universities face in helping to advance reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples. We then enjoyed a panel discussion on the same subject, featuring leaders from different backgrounds in the higher-education sector, and we had begun to take...

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Federation and DHSI partner on DH skills training

Alyssa Arbuckle, Assistant Director, Research Partnerships & Development, Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute is an annual training opportunity hosted at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. DHSI is the largest regular digital humanities skills training institute in the world, and has an alumni group of 3,000. It is directed by Dr. Ray Siemens and coordinated by the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab on the University of Victoria campus. In 2015, DHSI welcomed over 750 participants across 40 courses led by an instructional team of 70.

We are pleased to announce that the Federation for the Humanities...

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Unpacking 75 years of Federation history


Robert Blades and Thomas Berton, Carleton University

How on earth does one distill hundreds of archival boxes containing letters, meeting minutes, conference notes, photographs, surveys, legal documents, and even the occasional poem into a succinct historical timeline of the Federation from 1940 to the present day? This is exactly the question we explored during this past summer of 2015. First, who are we? We are two Masters of Public History students from Carleton University in Ottawa. Thomas is doing research on board games and Rob studies relationships between sound and memory. In May we began to pour over hundreds of archival boxes from the Federation’s genesis as two separate research councils —one for the humanities and another for the social sciences —...

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Results for the Federation’s Board of Directors elections

Véronique Mallet, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The results are in!

This election marks a change in the Federation presidency. After completing her two-year term as President, Antonia Maioni will hold the position of Past-President until March 2016 and Stephen Toope ends his term as President-Elect and will be President of the Board until March 2017.

Six positions on the Board of Directors of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences were up for elections in the...

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