Equity Matters

Bibliothèque et Archives Canada souligne le 20e anniversaire de la Commission royale sur les peuples autochtones au moyen d’un nouveau projet de numérisation

Benjamin Ellis, conseiller stratégique à la Direction générale des services au public de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada

La Fédération des sciences humaines a rédigé le présent billet dans le cadre du forum national Partager la terre, partager un avenir.

Instituée en 1991, la Commission royale sur les peuples autochtones (CRPA) a sillonné le pays afin de répertorier les enjeux et les défis auxquels sont confrontés les Autochtones canadiens et leurs communautés. En 1996, la CRPA remettait son rapport, composé à partir de milliers d’heures d’enregistrement de témoignages et de centaines de milliers de pages de documentation amassées au cours de son mandat de six ans. On y trouve une série de recommandations préconisant l’instauration de nouvelles relations entre les...

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Library and Archives Canada to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples through a new digitization initiative

Benjamin Ellis, Strategic Advisor, Public Services Branch, Library and Archives Canada

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is posting this guest blog in support of the Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future National Forum.

Established in 1991, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) travelled across Canada documenting the issues and challenges facing Indigenous Canadians and their communities. Over its six-year mandate, RCAP amassed thousands of hours of recorded testimony and hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, culminating in the publication of the 1996 RCAP final report complete with a series of recommendations for a renewed relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada.

Following the conclusion of the Commission...

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Bibliothèque et Archives Canada souligne le 20e anniversaire de la Commission royale sur les peuples autochtones par un nouveau projet de numérisation

Benjamin Ellis, Conseiller stratégique, Direction générale des services au public, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada

La Fédération sciences humaines est l'affichage ce blogue invité à l'appui de Partager la terre, Partager un avenir et en prévision de cette initiative du lancement le 3 novembre 2016.

Instituée en 1991, la Commission royale sur les peuples autochtones (CRPA) a sillonné le pays afin de répertorier les enjeux et les défis auxquels sont confrontés les Autochtones canadiens et leurs communautés. En 1996, la CRPA remettait son rapport, composé à partir de milliers d’heures d’enregistrement de témoignages et de centaines de milliers de pages de documentation amassées au cours de son mandat de six ans. On y trouve une série de recommandations...

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Library and Archives Canada to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples through a new digitization initiative

Benjamin Ellis, Strategic Advisor, Public Services Branch, Library and Archives Canada

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is posting this guest blog in support of the Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future project and in anticipation of this initiative’s launch on November 3, 2016.

Established in 1991, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) travelled across Canada documenting the issues and challenges facing Indigenous Canadians and their communities. Over its six-year mandate, RCAP amassed thousands of hours of recorded testimony and hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, culminating in the publication of the 1996 RCAP final report complete with a series of recommendations for a renewed relationship between Aboriginal and...

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Continuing the reconciliation journey

Elaine Young, Program Officer, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

I was honoured to represent the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the 2nd annual Building Reconciliation forum held at the University of Alberta on September 28-29, an event focusing on universities’ responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. At the event’s opening, a beautiful walking stick symbolizing the reconciliation journey was passed to David Turpin, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Alberta, and was displayed throughout the conference.

    The voices of survivors of the Indian Residential School system were prominent in this gathering, as they bravely shared their stories of neglect, abuse and survival. They also...

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    On the Twentieth Anniversary of National Aboriginal Day

    Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta, and President of the Canadian Political Science Association

    June 21, 2016 marks the twentieth anniversary of National Aboriginal Day.   Canada’s official proclamation of a National Aboriginal Day stemmed from recommendations by Indigenous groups as well as the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.

    For those concerned with equity in educational institutions and practices, National Aboriginal Day also offers educators (along with all Canadians) opportunities for sharing in Indigenous cultures and traditions, as well as teaching and learning.

     For example, when I served as a “non-Aboriginal” parent volunteer for the National Aboriginal Day...

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    On the Twentieth Anniversary of National Aboriginal Day

    Yasmeen Abu-LabanProfessor of Political Science at the University of Alberta, and President of the Canadian Political Science Association

    June 21, 2016 marks the twentieth anniversary of National Aboriginal Day.   Canada’s official proclamation of a National Aboriginal Day stemmed from recommendations by Indigenous groups as well as the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.

    For those concerned with equity in educational institutions and practices, National Aboriginal Day also offers educators (along with all Canadians) opportunities for sharing in Indigenous cultures and traditions, as well as teaching and learning.

     For example, when I served as a “non-Aboriginal” parent volunteer for the National Aboriginal Day...

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    Du savoir à l’action : Améliorer la vie des femmes

     

    Sue Szabo, Directrice, Politique sociale et économique, Centre de recherches pour le développement international

    La recherche est cruciale pour comprendre les obstacles à l’autonomisation des femmes et leurs causes profondes. Afin de souligner aujourd’hui la Journée internationale de la femme, le Centre de recherches pour le développement international (CRDI) organise l’événement Du savoir à l’action : Améliorer la vie des femmes. En tant que directrice des Économies inclusives, j’aurai le plaisir d’accueillir sept experts qui présenteront les connaissances produites par les équipes de recherche soutenues par le CRDI sur deux questions...

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    Knowledge to action on International Women’s Day

     

    Sue Szabo, Director, Social and Economic Policy, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) 

    Research is crucial to understanding the barriers to women’s empowerment and their deeper causes. To mark International Women’s Day today, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is holding the event Knowledge to Action: Improving Women’s Lives. As director of Inclusive Economies, I will have the pleasure of welcoming seven panelists who will highlight the knowledge generated by IDRC-supported research teams on two crucial issues for women: economic empowerment and ending violence. 
     
    Governments and the private sector...

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    Why are we still debating diversity versus merit in 2015?

     

    Susan Franceschet, University of Calgary; Karen Beckwith, Case Western Reserve University; Claire Annesley, University of Sussex

    Canada’s first gender-equal cabinet is being celebrated by equality and diversity advocates but criticized by those who believe that using selection criteria like gender, race, or ethnicity violates merit. Those who trumpet merit believe that selection to high-level positions like cabinet or corporate boards must be based on demonstrable skills, achievements, and credentials with no consideration of the other characteristics of the individuals holding those credentials. In fact, critics of quotas as a mechanism to ensure diversity go a step further, arguing that quotas will lead to the...

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