Federation News

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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How can Academics and NGOs work together? Some smart new ideas

Duncan Green, Strategic Adviser for Oxfam Great Britain

This blog first appeared in oxfamblogs.org and is reposted with the author’s permission. It reviews a new report published by Carnegie Trust in the UK, underscoring how academics and NGOs might better work together to affect policy and practice. Highly relevant to help inform discussions underway in Canada on how to build evidenced-based policy. Tell us what you think @ideas_idees!

Just finished ‘Interaction’, a thought-provoking report on ‘How can academics and the third sector work together to influence policy and practice’.en by ...

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Nous ne pouvons négliger plus longtemps la dimension humaine de l’innovation

Cet article d'opinion a été publié dans le The Hill Times le 4 juillet 2016

Stephen J. Toope, Président, Fédération des sciences humaines et Directeur, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Il est rassurant de constater que l’innovation émerge encore une fois à l’avant-plan des discussions dans l’ensemble du Canada. Comme l’a mis en évidence l’annonce faite le mois dernier par les ministres Navdeep Bains, Kirsty Duncan et Bardish Chagger, notre monde est en proie à une profonde mutation —économique, sociale, politique—et notre capacité d’adaptation au changement dépendra de la façon dont nous saurons...

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We can no longer overlook innovation's human dimension

This op-ed was published in The HIll Times on July 4, 2016

Stephen J. Toope, president, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

It is reassuring to see the subject of innovation emerge once again in conversations across Canada. As evidenced by the recent announcement by Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, Science Minister Kirsty Duncan and Small Business and Tourism Minister Bardish Chagger, our world is changing—economically, socially, politically—and our ability to adapt will depend on how well we innovate. Among the announced plans was a...

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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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Le congrès de 2016 de la Fédération des sciences humaines du Canada : à propos de l’idée de l’université en tant que communauté

Guy Laforest, Président élu de la Fédération des Sciences Humaines, Professeur, Département de science politique, Université Laval

Ce blog a été publié sur le site web de Guy Laforest le 25 mai, 2016

L’Université de Calgary, située dans les contreforts des Rocheuses canadiennes, accueillera du 28 mai au 3 juin 2016 le congrès de la Fédération des sciences humaines du Canada. Plus de 8,000 participantes et participants, représentant quelque 70 associations savantes dans la grande famille des humanités et des sciences sociales, tiendront dans la métropole économique de l’Alberta leur grande rencontre scientifique annuelle, tout en se retrouvant autour d’un thème fédérateur : l’énergie des communautés. Dans un pays aussi...

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The 2016 Calgary Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada: Some thoughts on the university as a community

Guy Laforest, President-Elect of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor, Departement of Political Science, Université Laval

This blog was published on Guy Laforest's website on May 25th, 2016

The University of Calgary, placed at the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, will be the host, from May 28 to June 3, 2016, of the congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. More than 8,000 participants, representing over 70 scholarly associations in the great family of the humanities and the social sciences will hold their annual meeting in the economic metropolis of Alberta, united around a federating topic: energizing communities. In a country as immense as Canada,...

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Réflexions sur la fondation du Canada

Guy Laforest, Professeur, Département de science politique, Université Laval

Ce blog a été publié sur le site web de Guy Laforest's le 15 mai, 2016

« La conférence de Québec de 1864 150 ans plus tard : comprendre l’émergence de la fédération canadienne ». Tel est le titre d’un ouvrage collectif, préparé par Eugénie Brouillet, Alain-G. Gagnon et moi-même, qui vient d’être publié par les Presses de l’Université Laval (https://www.pulaval.com/produit/la-conference-de-quebec-de-1864-150-ans-plus-tard-comprendre-l-emergence-de-la-federation-canadienne). Ce livre s’inscrit dans...

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