Congrès des sciences humaines

Participation, Representation, and Trust in Racialized or Marginalized Communities as Weapons Against Systemic Racism (en anglais)

Congress 2021 blog edition 

By Valerie Leow, J.D. Candidate, University of Alberta 

Systemic racism refers to racism that is embedded in the processes, laws, and regulations of an institution. It extends beyond individual attitudes or acts of racism to encompass broader patterns of harmful or exclusionary policies and treatment of individuals. As a settler colonial state, systemic racism is deeply rooted in every institution of Canada, and continues to be upheld and reinforced to the detriment of racialized and marginalized communities. “Systemic Racism Within the Justice System,” hosted by Correctional Service Canada, called upon a panel of practitioners and advocates who accept and admit that systemic racism permeates Canada’s criminal justice system to discuss the some of the challenges involved in addressing systemic racism and propose solutions to it. Warden Gary Sears and Assistant Warden Management Services Barbara Sagh from the Edmonton Institution,...

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Participation, Representation, and Trust in Racialized or Marginalized Communities as Weapons Against Systemic Racism

Congress 2021 blog edition 

By Valerie Leow, J.D. Candidate, University of Alberta 

Systemic racism refers to racism that is embedded in the processes, laws, and regulations of an institution. It extends beyond individual attitudes or acts of racism to encompass broader patterns of harmful or exclusionary policies and treatment of individuals. As a settler colonial state, systemic racism is deeply rooted in every institution of Canada, and continues to be upheld and reinforced to the detriment of racialized and marginalized communities. “Systemic Racism Within the Justice System,” hosted by Correctional Service Canada, called upon a panel of practitioners and advocates who accept and admit that systemic racism permeates Canada’s criminal justice system to discuss the some of the challenges involved in addressing systemic racism and propose solutions to it. Warden Gary Sears and Assistant Warden Management Services Barbara Sagh from the Edmonton Institution,...

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Erasure, Denial and Ignorance (en anglais)

Congress 2021 blog edition 

By Anurika Onyenso, Third Year General Management Major, University of Alberta, Augustana Campus. 

The “Hedging, Erasing, Absolving, and Other “EDI” Pitfalls: Recreating Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policies, and Praxis” webcast at Congress 2021 was an open event hosted by the ReCreation Collective and University of Alberta. It featured a panel of speakers who discussed the production of EDI policy documents and frameworks and how the language of EDI can either enable or constrain significant institutional change. 

Drawing upon deeply intersectional and prefigurative methodologies and frameworks, panel members from the ReCreation Collective, a gathering of Indigenous, racialized, disabled, Muslim, 2SLGBTQIA scholars and invested practitioners, presented their research findings from a discourse analysis of 143 EDI policy documents from Canadian sport organizations.  

The findings from this research enabled...

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Erasure, Denial and Ignorance

Congress 2021 blog edition 

By Anurika Onyenso, Third Year General Management Major, University of Alberta, Augustana Campus. 

The “Hedging, Erasing, Absolving, and Other “EDI” Pitfalls: Recreating Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policies, and Praxis” webcast at Congress 2021 was an open event hosted by the ReCreation Collective and University of Alberta. It featured a panel of speakers who discussed the production of EDI policy documents and frameworks and how the language of EDI can either enable or constrain significant institutional change. 

Drawing upon deeply intersectional and prefigurative methodologies and frameworks, panel members from the ReCreation Collective, a gathering of Indigenous, racialized, disabled, Muslim, 2SLGBTQIA scholars and invested practitioners, presented their research findings from a discourse analysis of 143 EDI policy documents from Canadian sport organizations.  

The findings from this research enabled...

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“We need to bring visibility to this issue” - South Ontario residents talk about the threat nuclear waste dumping proposes to their communities (en anglais)

Congress 2021 blog edition 

By Claire Kroening, University of Alberta human geography alumna and communications professional 

A few years ago, the Ontario government committed to nuclear energy generation, with the promise of a thorough and safe plan for dumping nuclear waste in the province. Today, as waste mounts, so does the tension surrounding the incomplete and unsatisfactory waste management plan.  

In today’s session, “Northern Relations, Radiation and Nuclear Waste,” Ontarians talked about the pitfalls of the deep geologic repository site the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is proposing as the solution to Ontario's nuclear waste management.  

Deep geologic repository is a method of nuclear waste management where waste is buried deep underground and stored for hundreds of years as it decays. Dr. Richard Denton, Co-Chair, North America International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) (Nobel Peace Prize 1985)...

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“We need to bring visibility to this issue” - South Ontario residents talk about the threat nuclear waste dumping proposes to their communities

Congress 2021 blog edition 

By Claire Kroening, University of Alberta human geography alumna and communications professional 

A few years ago, the Ontario government committed to nuclear energy generation, with the promise of a thorough and safe plan for dumping nuclear waste in the province. Today, as waste mounts, so does the tension surrounding the incomplete and unsatisfactory waste management plan.  

In today’s session, “Northern Relations, Radiation and Nuclear Waste,” Ontarians talked about the pitfalls of the deep geologic repository site the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is proposing as the solution to Ontario's nuclear waste management.  

Deep geologic repository is a method of nuclear waste management where waste is buried deep underground and stored for hundreds of years as it decays. Dr. Richard Denton, Co-Chair, North America International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) (Nobel Peace Prize 1985)...

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Northern projects you should know about: young people lead change (en anglais)

Congress 2021 blog edition 

By Claire Kroening, University of Alberta human geography alumna and communications professional 

“Northern Inspirations: A New Generation of Voices for Change” began by showcasing a variety of northern initiatives led by young voices. Here are some highlights: 

The Yukon First Nations Climate Action Fellowship is a coalition of 20 youth that is set to last for 20 months, culminating in a Yukon First Nations Climate Vision and Action Plan, to be released in 2022. The fellowship is empowering youth to tackle climate change through collaboration and learning and sharing of traditional knowledge.  

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action Program is a program developed to bring...

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Northern projects you should know about: young people lead change

Congress 2021 blog edition 

By Claire Kroening, University of Alberta human geography alumna and communications professional 

“Northern Inspirations: A New Generation of Voices for Change” began by showcasing a variety of northern initiatives led by young voices. Here are some highlights: 

The Yukon First Nations Climate Action Fellowship is a coalition of 20 youth that is set to last for 20 months, culminating in a Yukon First Nations Climate Vision and Action Plan, to be released in 2022. The fellowship is empowering youth to tackle climate change through collaboration and learning and sharing of traditional knowledge.  

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action Program is a program developed to bring...

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How to develop a powerful and meaningful land acknowledgement (en anglais)

Congress 2021 blog edition 

By Claire Kroening, University of Alberta human geography alumna and communications professional 

Keith King, University of Alberta, opened the Congress 2021 land acknowledgement workshop saying “as inhabitants of the land, it's essential we explore relationships with the original peoples of this land, and to learn with the local Indigenous people.” He noted how rare it is to be in a place that doesn't have a history of colonization and occupation. When we look, we will see we are always on Indigenous land.  

Land acknowledgements are an old Indigenous tradition and protocol done to pay respect to the people and history of the lands you are situated on. Today, land acknowledgements affirm the enduring relationship between Indigenous peoples and express commitments of reconciliation.  

Teachings and quotes from Grandmother Doreen Spence 

Elder Doreen Spence of the University of Calgary spoke during the first...

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How to develop a powerful and meaningful land acknowledgement

Congress 2021 blog edition 

By Claire Kroening, University of Alberta human geography alumna and communications professional 

Keith King, University of Alberta, opened the Congress 2021 land acknowledgement workshop saying “as inhabitants of the land, it's essential we explore relationships with the original peoples of this land, and to learn with the local Indigenous people.” He noted how rare it is to be in a place that doesn't have a history of colonization and occupation. When we look, we will see we are always on Indigenous land.  

Land acknowledgements are an old Indigenous tradition and protocol done to pay respect to the people and history of the lands you are situated on. Today, land acknowledgements affirm the enduring relationship between Indigenous peoples and express commitments of reconciliation.  

Teachings and quotes from Grandmother Doreen Spence 

Elder Doreen Spence of the University of Calgary spoke during the first...

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