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Equity matters at Congress 2011

With Congress 2011 officially launching tomorrow at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University in Fredericton, we're giving you a sneak preview of the Equity Issues content that will be going on throughout the week.

Under the theme "Transforming the Academy: Indigenous Education," the Federation's Equity Issues Portfolio, under the leadership of VP Equity Issues Malinda Smith, has pulled together a stellar line up of speakers and panels.

A Big Thinking lecture on May 30 with Chief Shawn Atleo starts off the programming...

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Just in time for the end of the world - it's the Big Thinking Podcast Apocalypse Now! edition

If you're sitting around waiting for the end of days this weekend, you might like to have a listen the Big Thinking podcast. We have interviewed Lorenzo DiTommaso from Concordia University to get his take on Apocalypism. Basically, Lorenzo looks at all the ways that the world might end and what that means for our culture. Have a listen!

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Equity and social justice from the inside-out: Ten commitments of a multicultural educator

Paul C. Gorski, George Mason University
Guest Contributor

This blog entry is part of the Equity Issues Portfolio’s series on ‘interculturalism and pluralism’.

History teaches us that many progressive initiatives, if not nurtured carefully, risk growing to reflect the very ideologies against which they were formed. This is a risk faced by multicultural education. So certainly we need to organize ourselves against attempts to discredit the value of multicultural education by those who are most invested in maintaining the status quo.  To dismiss multicultural education is, after...

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Congrats to the 2011 Trudeau Scholarship winners

Some of our community's best and brightest were recognized today by Trudeau Foundation. Fourteen scholars in the humanities and social sciences will receive a total of $2.5 M in research funding. Tackling issues from social media to religious tolerance, these scholars will have a generous new set of resources available to them to help them complete their important work. In the press release from the Foundation, P.G Forest said "The Trudeau Foundation rewards excellence and provides young researchers with the best conditions to ground their work in the real world." We can't agree more with the importance of this type of funding and thank the Trudeau Foundation for their continued support for our community.

The full list of scholarship winners is available online here.

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Changing the subject in teacher education: Indigenous, diasporic and settler colonial relations

Martin J. Cannon, OISE/University of Toronto
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.

In current and past teaching for well over a decade now  I have been engaging with people – in the majority of cases, non-Indigenous peoples – in the shared challenge of  thinking about the histories of racism and settler colonialism. One of the recurrent obstacles in doing this work involves the discomfort that ensues in...

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