June 2011

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Music enabled by Disability

Joseph N. Straus, City University of New York
Guest Contributor

This entry is part of a collaborative series on disabilities between the Federation’s Equity Issues Portfolio and the Canadian Disability Studies Association/ Association Canadienne des Études sur l’Incapacité.

People usually think about music and disability in medical terms.  Music therapists, as healthcare professionals, use music as a palliative against various forms of illness and disability.  Medical doctors, increasingly aware...

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Courage and public policy: 21st century challenges

David R. Boyd, University of Victoria
Guest contributor This entry is part of the Equity Issues Portfolio’s series featuring Trudeau Fellows and Trudeau Scholars. The following is an excerpt from a panel presentation delivered at the Trudeau Foundation’s 2011 Summer Institute in Whistler, British Columbia.

What do we mean by courage in the context of public policy or politics? Not physical courage, which we see from athletes, firemen, and soldiers, people like Terry Fox,...

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‘Disability’ Policy and Equity in Higher Education

Emily Hutcheon, University of Calgary
Guest Contributor

This entry is part of a collaborative series on disabilities between the Federation’s Equity Issues Portfolio and the Canadian Disability Studies Association/ Association Canadienne des Études sur l’Incapacité.

It is well known that disabled individuals face physical, social, and emotional barriers in their post-secondary education. These barriers include: lack of financial support, difficulty seeking...

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National Strategy on Inuit Education announced

On June 16, Canada’s Inuit leaders unveiled a national education strategy aiming to improve the educational experiences of Canadian Inuit youth – 75% of whom do not finish high school. Developed by a committee of Inuit leaders chaired by Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the strategy emerged out of the 2009 Accord on Inuit Education.

The strategy includes ten comprehensive and wide-reaching recommendations, including initiatives around engaging parents, creating bilingual programs, establishing a northern university, standardizing the Inuit language system and addressing teacher education and curriculum. While funding for the strategy has yet to be announced, the Inuit leaders are confident that all levels of government will support the strategy and improve education for Inuit youth.

CFHSS applauds the strategy and the leadership of the National Committee on Inuit Education. Achieving the recommendations outlined in the report will have far-reaching...

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On courage, social justice and policymaking

Janine Brodie, University of Alberta
Guest contributor

This entry is part of the Equity Issues Portfolio’s series featuring Trudeau Fellows and Trudeau Scholars. The following is an excerpt from a panel presentation delivered at the Trudeau Foundation’s 2011 Summer Institute in Whistler, British Columbia.

The spring of 2011 opens an instructive window to reflect on the question of courage in policymaking. For some months now we have witnessed “the Arab Spring” when...

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Ableism, disability studies and the academy

Gregor Wolbring, University of Calgary
Guest Contributor This entry is part of a collaborative series on disabilities between the Federation’s Equity Issues Portfolio and the Canadian Disability Studies Association/ Association Canadienne des Études sur l’Incapacité.

The theoretical framework and analytical lens of Ableism is a gift to the social sciences and humanities community from disability studies and the disabled people rights movement.

Among the different social groups seeking equitable treatment and the...

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Live from Worldviews in Toronto

I am attending the Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education in Toronto this week and the team here is running a live blog from the event. If you are interesting in following along with the proceedings, I've embedded the live blog here. Fedcan isn't moderating this blog, so it goes without saying that the content here is the opinion of the author and not necessarily the opinion of the Federation. For more on Worldviews, visit the conference website here. I'll also have posts here on some of the highlights over the next few days.

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Making news at Congress 2011

Ryan Saxby Hill, Media Relations
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

If you happened to read a newspaper anywhere in Canada over the past two weeks, it’s likely that you got a taste of the research being presented at this year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. When you put over 5000 of Canada’s top researchers in one place for 9 days of intellectual discussion, dialogue and debate – the media takes note. I’ve often pointed out that issues in the social sciences and humanities take up significant column inches in our national papers and Congress helps remind us that the researchers investigating these issues have something important to say. Here are some of the stories from the past few weeks that have kept us busy and motivated. These are our Congress newsmakers.

Questioning question period - Researchers Alex Sévigny and Philip Savage of McMaster...

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‘The truth about stories’: Yes, I am Aboriginal and I enjoy mathematics

Florence Glanfield, University of Alberta
Guest Contributor This entry is part of the Equity Issues Portfolio’s series on Indigenizing the academy and Indigenous education.

When people learn that I am of Aboriginal descent and that I enjoy mathematics I am often looked at in a quizzical way. Often I am asked how I came to enjoy and to teach mathematics. And, I often assume, that I am being asked how you – as an Aboriginal person – came to enjoy mathematics. Over the years I’ve found it productive to respond...

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Female leaders and the double bind: Why leadership styles that work for men might not work for women

Kara Arnold, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Issues Portfolio’s series marking the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

The double bind is “a situation in which a person must choose between equally unsatisfactory alternatives: a punishing and inescapable dilemma,” according to a Catalyst study, “The Double-Bind Dilemma for Women in Leadership: Damned if You Do, Doomed if...

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