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Marking National Aboriginal Day 2017

To mark National Aboriginal Day, 2017, the Federation invites its blog readership to read some of the recent blogs about reconciliation-themed events that took place at Congress 2017.

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Indigenous Women: Keepers of the Past, Leaders into the Future
A Congress 2017 blog about the Big Thinking lecture on May 30 entitled Present and Powerful Indigenous Women featuring Métis playright, Elder in Residence at Athabasca University and author of ...

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La ministre des Sciences, Kirsty Duncan, assiste au plus grand Congrès des sciences humaines à ce jour

Gauri Sreenivasan, directrice des politiques et programmes, Fédération des sciences humaines

La ministre des Sciences, Kirsty Duncan, a honoré de sa présence le plus grand Congrès des sciences humaines à ce jour. L’événement, qui s’est déroulé du 27 mai au 2 juin à l’Université Ryerson, a attiré plus de 10 000 congressistes. Madame la ministre a prononcé un discours et procédé à la remise des Prix du Canada lors d’une cérémonie tenue le dimanche 28 mai.

Profitant de cette première grande occasion de s’adresser directement au milieu des sciences humaines, Mme Duncan a énoncé un message clair : les sciences humaines sont essentielles à la réussite à long terme du Canada.

Le message de la ministre a été très bien accueilli par le milieu,...

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Science Minister Kirsty Duncan attends largest ever Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Gauri Sreenivasan, Director, Policy and Programs, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, attended the largest ever Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences that took place from May 27 to June 2 at Ryerson University, with over 10,000 in attendance. She offered remarks and awarded the 2017 Canada Prizes at a ceremony on Sunday, May 28.

This was Minister Duncan’s first major occasion since taking office to speak directly to the humanities and social sciences community, and her message was clear: the humanities and social sciences are disciplines key to Canada’s long term success.

This was a welcome message to our community, particularly at an event celebrating excellence in humanities and...

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Le budget de 2017 est axé sur l’innovation et les compétences

 

Le budget fédéral 2017 fixe l’objectif d’améliorer la prospérité du Canada et de veiller à une répartition plus juste des richesses dans la société. Pour y parvenir, le gouvernement compte principalement sur l’innovation et le développement des compétences tout au long de la vie.

Le nouveau budget n’annonce peut-être pas d’aussi grands investissements en science et en recherche que le budget de 2016 (lequel prévoyait une hausse substantielle de 95 millions de dollars des budgets de base des organismes subventionnaires et une enveloppe de deux millions de dollars sur trois ans pour l’infrastructure universitaire et collégiale), mais il contient des engagements importants. Il reste par ailleurs beaucoup de points à éclaircir, et la Fédération suivra de près les annonces du gouvernement et les importants rapports et examens à venir. Vous pouvez lire le communiqué de presse de la Fédération...

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Budget 2017 focuses on innovation and skills

 

Federal Budget 2017 sets out a goal to boost Canada’s prosperity and to ensure this prosperity is shared across society. To achieve this, the government is relying primarily on innovation and lifelong skills development. 

This budget may not have had the kind of major funding announcements for science and research as Budget 2016 (which included significant new increases of $95 billion that year to the research granting councils' base budgets and $2 billion over three years for university and college infrastructure), but it offers some important commitments. Furthermore, much of the story remains to be written, as we look for more details and watch for significant reports and reviews to come. You can read the Federation’s media release here and find a more detailed review of Budget highlights of relevance to our sector in the Federation’s...

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Le milieu de la recherche se prononce sur l’interdiction d’entrée aux États-Unis

Gauri Sreenivasan, directrice des politiques et des programmes, Fédération des sciences humaines

Les premiers décrets du nouveau président des États-Unis, Donald Trump, ont fait la une des journaux fin janvier. De nombreux citoyens du Canada et d’autres pays se sont alors inquiétés de la rapidité avec laquelle les frontières américaines se sont fermées aux ressortissants des pays à majorité musulmane. Des avocats civilistes et certains groupes de défense des libertés...

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Research community speaks out on U.S. travel ban

Gauri Sreenivasan, Director of Policy and Programs, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

As news of U.S. President Donald Trump’s early executive orders spread across news channels at the end of January, many Canadians and citizens around the world were alarmed by the swiftness of the move to close borders and target Muslim majority countries. Civil liberties lawyers and groups analyzed and challenged the text; many worried at home; thousands participated in...

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Sesquicentennial is no longer just about Canada

Paul Davidson, president, Universities Canada and Christine Tausig Ford, interim executive director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Canada’s 150th anniversary offers up a unique moment in time -- a pause, if you will, to reflect on where we’ve been and our country’s potential for the future.

There will be many celebrations over the coming year to mark 150 years since Confederation, but our sesquicentennial is about much more than cake and fireworks. Most importantly, it’s about coming together to chart a path to 2067.

At our 200th anniversary, what kind of Canada do we want to be? What can and should we become as a nation?

That’s the challenge laid before 100 young...

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The Federation pilots a new webinar service for members

Eveline Oulton, Member Relations Officer, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

As the Federation’s staff member dedicated to improving the membership experience, I am always on the lookout for new and better ways of delivering value to our membership. Last year’s member survey turned up a number of new ideas for Federation initiatives — as surveys are wont to do — including one around offering additional member learning opportunities.

And so the idea of a webinar learning series was born— focused on member priority issues, complimentary and facilitated by the Federation.  

In January, we launched the new service, calling it “webinars for members.” Our first webinar was on membership recruitment and retention strategies for associations members. It attracted almost 50 registrants from across the membership and featured insight and discussion of the Canadian Sociological Association’s successful strategies for member recruitment and...

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