avril 2011

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Welcoming 'visible minorities': Paradoxes of equity hiring in Canadian universities

Carl E. James, York University
Guest Contributor

If we were to scan the academic job ads of Canadian universities today, we would notice the following:  After the description of the job, the required qualifications, and the application’s deadline, at the end there is usually a short statement that goes something like this:

“University X is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, including women, Aboriginal people, visible...

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Big Thinking: Dwayne Donald on Aboriginal-Canadian relations and educational priorities

On What Terms Can We Speak? Aboriginal-Canadian Relations as an Education Priority

Last June, Chief Shawn Atleo made a passionate plea to all governments, education institutions and private organizations to support the Assembly of First Nations vision of creating a strong educational foundation for Aboriginal students. Across Canada, emerging educational initiatives are aimed at engaging and retaining Aboriginal youth in the school and university systems. Yet much of the research informing these initiatives focuses on identifying culturally-relevant educational approaches that can foster higher rates of Aboriginal student success. While very important, this focus implies that these initiatives are only a concern for Aboriginal students, their families, and their teachers.

In this talk,...

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Federal Election 2011: First Nations, Inuit and Métis Issues and Candidates

Malinda S Smith, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Vice President, Equity Issues

With a week to go, and early voting already underway, issues and priorities for First Nations, Inuit and Métis have received surprisingly little national attention in the 2011 federal election campaign. This is true despite Aboriginal leaders and associations having engaged in robust advocacy using social media, including blogs, Facebook, Twitter and virtual summits. What are the national priorities of First Nations, Inuit and Métis nations and leaders? What do the federal party platforms say about Aboriginal issues?  How are the federal parties doing in their efforts to recruit and nominate Aboriginal candidates?

Elections Canada’s web site includes ‘...

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Federal Election 2011: An open letter on post-secondary education

Donna Palmateer Pennee, University of Western Ontario Guest Contributor “Vote Mobs,” originating with 700 students on the University of Guelph campus, indicate students are preparing publicly for election 2011. Where are the parallel faculty and administrator mobs, to encourage voter turnout and raise awareness of Post-Secondary Education (PSE) as an election issue? We do not know the outcome of our next election, so the proposed federal Budget 2011 may well be back again. And even if it doesn’t reappear, another budget will, so let’s use Budget 2011 for a democratic exercise in consciousness-raising. We can start by watching the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative’s video, which compares budget choices:

  • Watch CCPA’s ‘...

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Federal Election 2011 hot topics: Digital Economy

In May 2010, the federal government put out a call for submissions around Canada’s digital economy, asking for Canadians’ ideas around what a national digital strategy should include. With the help of a Taskforce comprised of leading Canadian researchers, the CFHSS submitted a brief. Since the consultation ended, the federal government has been developing a digital economy strategy.

While we won’t know the contents of that – or any – federal digital strategy until after the election, the issue has remained on the political parties’ agendas throughout the campaign so far. The Liberal’s platform includes a new tax credit for digital start ups – they also released a more detailed...

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Federal Election 2011: Incremental rise in female candidates

Nancy Peckford, Equal Voice
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Issues Portfolio’s series marking the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

With nominations now closed, Equal Voice has confirmed that 407 women candidates, representing 31 percent of all candidates for Canada´s five major political parties, will be on the ballot for the May 2nd federal election. This represents a slight two point increase from the 2008 federal election when 29 percent of major party candidates were women.

The New Democratic Party is the clear leader with 125 female candidates, nearly 41 percent of all its candidates, which is the highest percentage fielded by a political party in Canada´s history.  The Bloc Québécois...

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The arts, community service learning and social justice

Sara Dorow, University of Alberta
Guest Contributor

“You know, [in class] you learn a lot of definitions, you learn about a perspective, you read a lot of texts . . . [CSL] was a great way to see what IS ethnocentrism, what IS social inequality. You only kind of know what it is until you are working with people and then it comes to light . . . [CSL] is just a different kind of learning,was how one student put the link between Community Service Learning and social justice in...

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Federal Election 2011: Equity, diversity and social justice in the English leaders' debate

Malinda S. Smith, Vice-President, Equity Issues

As a political scientist, I think election debates are an important opportunity for citizens to assess the various party positions on the issues that matter to Canadians. As Vice-President, Equity Issues for the Federation, I thought it would be a useful exercise to identify some of the equity, diversity and social justice themes that emerged in the elections debates. Although the debate found me abroad, speaking at a Canadian Studies Symposium in Cuba, I had television access to the debates both in English (via CTV global) and French (via Radio Canada), as well as to live blogging via the Globe and Mail’s web site.

The two nationally televised federal election debates were held on Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 13. The leaders of four of Canada’s national parties – Conservative leader and prime minister Stephen Harper,...

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Prix du Canada en sciences sociales: Une entrevue avec Antoine Boisclair

Le Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et le Prix du Canada en sciences sociales reconnaissent des ouvrages savants qui sont essentiels à la croissance du savoir et qui enrichissent la vie sociale, culturelle et intellectuelle au Canada et au monde. Quatre prix – deux en anglais et deux en français – d’une valeur de $2 500 chacun sont décernés chaque année. Les ouvrages admissibles pour les prix ont reçu une subvention du Programme d’aide à l’édition savante et sont choisis par un jury de savants de partout au Canada.

Antoine Boisclair est lauréat du Prix du Canada en sciences humaines 2011. Comme en témoignent de manière exemplaire...

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2011 Canada Prize in the Humanities: An interview with Louis-Jacques Dorais

The Canada Prize in the Humanities and the Canada Prize in the Social Sciences recognize scholarly manuscripts that are vital to the growth of humanity's knowledge, and enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada and the world. Four prizes - two in English and two in French - worth $2,500 each are awarded each year. Eligible titles have been supported by the Federation's Aid to Scholarly Publications Program and the winners selected by a cross-Canada jury of scholars.

Louis-Jacques Dorais is winner of the 2011 Canada Prize in the Humanities. Professor Dorais’ book...

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Federal Election 2011: Week two roundup

This week, election news was filled with party platform announcements, with a few relevant post-secondary initiatives.
The Liberals released a platform on Monday outlining a Veterans’ Learning Benefit, and proposed lifting the cap for Aboriginal student funding as well as creating a Canada Métis scholarship program and refinancing the First Nations University. The Liberals also promised to restore the long-form census.

The Green Party’s...

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Maternal health and Canada's global gender equality ranking

Kathleen A. Lahey, Queen’s University
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Issues Portfolio’s series marking the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

In 2010, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) adopted a new gender equality measure that dropped Canada from number 8 on sex equality issues to number 16. The new Gender Inequality Index (GII) places more emphasis on how well resources, opportunities, and incomes are shared by women and men in each country, and less emphasis on Canada’s wealth.

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On tolerance, the ethos of intolerance, and intellectual courage

Frank Furedi, Kent University-Canterbury
Guest Contributor

This blog entry is part of the Equity Issues Portfolio’s series on ‘interculturalism and pluralism.

What do John Beddington, Britain’s chief scientific adviser, and Ryszard Legutko, leader of Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice party, have in common? Both believe that intolerance is a virtue, and that it should be celebrated.

Legutko, a vociferous critic of the...

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Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et en sciences sociales: Une entrevue avec Marion Froger

Le Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et le Prix du Canada en sciences sociales reconnaissent des ouvrages savants qui sont essentiels à la croissance du savoir et qui enrichissent la vie sociale, culturelle et intellectuelle au Canada et au monde. Quatre prix - deux en anglais et deux en français - d'une valeur de $2 500 chacun sont décernés chaque année. Les ouvrages admissibles pour les prix ont reçu une subvention du Programme d'aide à l'édition savante et sont choisis par un jury de savants de partout au Canada.

Marion Froger est lauréate du Prix du Canada en...

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Locating my Indian self in the academy's tenure process

Shanne McCaffrey, University of Victoria
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Issues Portfolio’s ‘Transforming the Academy: Indigenous Education’ series, which will be the focus of the Portfolio’s programming at Congress 2011.

When I began to prepare my portfolio for the tenure process, little did I realize how incredibly difficult this was going to be, from a location that is, for many Indigenous scholars, devoid of spirit, identity, culture and Indigenous traditions. When I...

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Federal Election 2011: Week one roundup

Week one of Canada's current election campaign is coming to a close. We heard about PSE issues mainly in relation to Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff’s proposed Canadian Learning Passport, an annual $1-billion investment in non-repayable federal student assistance. Tuesday evening, commentary was invited by Don Martin, host of CTV’s Power Play, and both AUCC and CASA were interviewed. During the interview, both organizations highlighted new websites created specifically for the campaign period:

Universities Matter (www.universitiesmatter.ca)
Students need to vote (www.studentsneedtovote.ca)

Other election/PSE resources that may be...

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