February 2011

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Canada's great national itch: Debating multiculturalism

Phil Ryan, Carleton University
Guest Contributor

“Whether we like it or not – and there’s not much to like – events could force a national debate on whether multiculturalism is working in Canada.” One of the two triggering events to which the February 11, 2011 Globe and Mail article by John Ibbitson pointed occurred in Winnipeg where, he wrote:

…a dozen newly-arrived families are demanding from the public school board that their children be exempted from compulsory classes in music and phys-ed, claiming that music and mixing genders are forbidden in their interpretation of Islam...

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Engage 2010: The engaged university - embracing change

Gisèle Yasmeen, Vice President Partnerships, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Guest Contributor

Surrounded by the pageantry of Church House – a beautiful historical building which is now a conference facility in the courtyard behind Westminster Abbey – approximately 250 researchers from across disciplines, community partners, funding agencies and international participants gathered to discuss the whys, wherefores and best practices of public engagement with respect to research from Dec. 7-8.

Engage 2010 was organized by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement, which is an initiative of the Higher Education Funding Council of England, an arm’s length agency that funds post-secondary institutions in England with similar agencies in place for the rest of the UK. The NCCPE has produced a manifesto on public engagement, to which several institutions have adhered as well as identifying “beacons” of public engagement in...

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‘I’m Métis: What’s your excuse?’: On the optics and misrecognition of Métis in Canada

Chris Andersen, University of Alberta
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Issues Portfolio’s ‘Transforming the Academy: Indigenous Education’ series, which will be the focus of the Portfolio’s programming at Congress 2011.

As a kid, I spent my formative years growing up in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. In addition to the numerous visits to family living north of the city, we used to attend “Back to Batoche,” an annual Métis...

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Beyond multiculturalism: Reclaiming tolerance and human judgment

Frank Furedi, University of Kent
Guest Contributor

At a security conference in Munich earlier this month, British prime minister David Cameron mistakenly argued that tolerance was responsible for the failure of multiculturalism. “Frankly, we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and much more active, muscular liberalism,” he said. However, Cameron shouldn’t blame the problems of multiculturalism on tolerance.

What is ‘passive tolerance’? Tolerance is anything but passive. Tolerance requires courage...

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Indigenous knowledge, symbolic literacy and the 1764 Treaty at Niagara

Lynn Gehl, York University
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Issues Portfolio’s ‘Transforming the Academy: Indigenous Education’ series, which will be the focus of the Portfolio’s programming at Congress 2011.

Kwey Kwey; Mnakinag ndoodem.  Pikwàkanagàn n´doonjiba.  Peterborough megwa ndidaa.  Giizhigaate-Mnidoo-kwe ndizhinikaaz. Nda zhaaganaashii noozwin Lynn Gehl.

It was in the year 1764 when the Treaty at Niagara took place. ...

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Indigenizing university administration or Tâwaw cî? (Take 2)

Jo-Ann Episkenew, University of Regina
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Issues Portfolio’s ‘Transforming the Academy: Indigenous Education’ series, which will be the focus of the Portfolio’s programming at Congress 2011.

Iskwêw ka-wasaka pîkiswêt niya. Kishchee tey mo’yawn aen li Michif wi’yan. My name is Woman Who Speaks for the Circle, and I am proud to be Métis.

Several years ago my friend Deanna Reder and I made a presentation...

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On making love to death: Plains Cree and Blackfoot wisdom

Dwayne Donald, University of Alberta
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Issues Portfolio’s ‘Transforming the Academy: Indigenous Education’ series, which will be the focus of the Portfolio’s programming at Congress 2011.

My main role in my Faculty is to create, expand and enhance the opportunities students have to engage with Indigenous standpoints and experiences in association with curricular and pedagogical considerations. This is a new and unique role for our Faculty. My encounters with students can be difficult...

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