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Multiculturalism and Citizenship are complements, not opposites

Irene Bloemraad, Berkeley
Guest Contributor

Attacking multiculturalism has become a political cliché.

Last October, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel proclaimed that a multicultural approach had “utterly failed” in Germany, she echoed a commonly-heard sentiment across Europe.  Just last month, British Prime Minister David Cameron indicted his country’s decades-old policy of multiculturalism for failing to promote a sense of common identity, and for encouraging Muslim...

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Beyond ‘beads and feathers’: Indigenous knowledge and pedagogies

María del Carmen Rodriguez de France, University of Victoria
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 hope emerges from those places of struggle where I witness individuals positively transforming their lives and the world around them,” writes bell hooks. “Educating is always a vocation rooted in hopefulness. As teachers we believe that learning is possible, that nothing can keep an open mind from seeking after...

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People-centred innovation: An expanded vision of research and development

What is the role of social scientists and humanists within the broader context of research, development and innovation? The Federation outlined the centrality of these disciplines in the recent submission to the Expert Panel for the Review of Federal Support to Research and Development. The panel, tasked with examining federal support to business R&D, put out a call for submissions in early January. Shortly thereafter, the Federation created a Blue Ribbon Panel of distinguished scholars from across Canada. The Federation's panel answered the questions posed by the federal expert panel, setting out the importance of research that explores the ways we learn about innovation, change and the application of new knowledge. Going beyond the latest technological advances and scientific discoveries, R&D must include forays into human systems and the impact of new technologies on citizens,...

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Change demanded, celebrated on International Women's Day 2011

Jane Arscott, Athabasca University
Guest Contributor

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

March 8, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day (IWD).The United Nations has declared the theme for the centenary as, ‘Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.’

In Canada, the majority (57%) agrees that much remains to be done to achieve gender equality. Moreover,...

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Canadian multiculturalism and social inclusion

Tania Das Gupta, York University
Guest Contributor

According to a recent international survey of Europe and North America, Canada is ranked among the world’s top countries in terms of the integration of immigrants. High marks were given to its multicultural model, especially in how it has been implemented through the educational system. This assessment corresponds with what new immigrants tell researchers about why they chose Canada as their future home – its reputation for policies and programs that enhanced a socially inclusive citizenship in an increasingly diverse...

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