Equity Matters

Scaling Everest: Equity for minorities in broadcasting

Felix Fraser, Athabasca University
Guest Contributor

In 1988 I created and chaired a national forum on Multiculturalism in Broadcasting. Held at Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel, the opening keynote address was given by the Hon. Lincoln Alexander, then Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. All of the major broadcasters, both radio and television, were invited to discuss the lack of presence of Aboriginal people and racialized minorities both before and behind the cameras and microphones. Lincoln...

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Teaching Equity Matters: How far will you go?

Carol Schick, University of Regina
Guest Contributor

How do you teach anti-oppressive education? In this blog I want to share my experiences teaching in the justice-oriented Summer Institute. I want to elaborate on the processes and rationale of the project, and discuss some of the difficulties and ongoing weaknesses, with the aim of contributing to a broader discussion about the opportunities and challenges of teaching equity matters in the academy.

In my experience, the Institute is a dynamic time for exploring the tenets of...

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Being Fair: 'We must be the change we want to see in the world'

Valerie Mason-John, Independent Scholar
Guest Contributor

What is fair and just in the world that we live in today? The conflict that flourishes in this world, within each of us, in our families, at work and out there in the world is proof enough that people do not feel they live in a world that treats them impartially.

Who am I to talk on this subject when you could look at my life and count the privileges I have had on more than one hand?  Winner of several awards, including...

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Quebec and English-Canadian Feminists 40 Years after the Bird Commission

Jill McCalla Vickers, Carleton University
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Portfolio’s ‘Equality Then and Now’ series, marking 40 years since the Royal Commission on the Status of Women. Look for more on this topic in upcoming posts and at Congress 2010.

I recently read in the Globe and Mail that Quebec’s MNAs had unanimously passed the following resolution, “that [Quebec’s] National Assembly reaffirms the right of...

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Beyond Diversity Smokescreens: On the small screen and behind the scenes

Rita Shelton Deverell, Mount St. Vincent University
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Portfolio’s ‘Equality Then and Now’ series, marking 40 years since the Royal Commission on the Status of Women. Look for more on this topic in upcoming posts and at Congress 2010.

In my 36 years in Canadian broadcasting, I’ve championed meaningful inclusion of the four designated groups. It goes with my professional territory as a black...

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Rethinking hate crimes: The hard work of creating social equity

Lucas Crawford and Robert Nichols, University of Alberta
Guest Contributors

Monday, May 10th was Alberta’s inaugural ‘Hate Crimes Awareness Day,’ an event that raised more questions than answers.  Offered as an opportunity to ‘celebrate’ the successes of the past few decades, many in those communities supposedly most protected by such legislation—racialized minorities, Indigenous peoples and the LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer] community, for instance— took this as an opportunity to challenge them as a vehicle for promoting safe, just communities.

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The Humanities: Relationships with others and with the world are essential to freedom

Susan Babbitt, Queen’s University
Guest Contributor

“Humanities” refers to human beings and to the human condition. In the Humanities we raise questions about what it means to be human. But, at least in my discipline of Philosophy, we teach mostly the work of philosophers from North America and Northern Europe, most of them male and white. We look for wisdom in only some human experience. The Humanities, especially Philosophy, should look beyond Europe and North America.

The ethics we teach are mostly based in liberalism. Philosophical liberalism teaches, roughly, that we are free...

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Lawyer, professor, Mi’kmaq woman: Equity matters in my experience

Patricia Doyle-Bedwell, Dalhousie University
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Portfolio’s ‘Equality Then and Now’ series, marking 40 years since the Royal Commission on the Status of Women. Look for more on this topic in upcoming posts and at Congress 2010.

I am a Mi’kmaq woman who also holds an academic post and, to many, it appears that I have succeeded in the mainstream educational system. I have pondered the issue of equity.  I have tried to wrap my head around the abstract notion of equity within my own...

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Towards Achieving Equity: New changes to CAUT’s governance structure

Penni Stewart, Canadian Association of University Teachers
Guest Contributor

Thank you for the invitation to post the news about the changes to the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) governance structure to the Federations’ Equity Matters Blog.

We understand how these changes would be of interest to academic staff in the humanities and social sciences working towards achieving equity in the communities where they work.

A summary of the structural changes is available on the front page of our website for anyone interested in the details (www.caut.ca). Excerpt from...

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