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Everything is alive and everyone is related: Indigenous knowing and inclusive education

Jean-Paul Restoule, OISE, University of Toronto
Guest Contributor

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

Boozhoo. Jean-Paul Restoule nintishinikaas. Wajask nitootem. Okikendawt mnissing nitoonci. Anishinaabe ndaaw.

This greeting and introduction in Anishinaabemowin, that is, the Ojibwe language, tells a fellow Anishinaabe some key information. It communicates...

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Big Thinker Keith Ambachtsheer on CBC's The House

This past spring we hosted pension expert Keith Ambachtsheer for our Big Thinking lecture on Parliament Hill. Last weekend on CBC Radio One, Keith leveraged his informed and reliable take on Canada's pension system to offer an analysis of recent proposals for reform in Canada. This is one of many examples of where our community is being called on to address critical and pressing issues. You can listen to the podcast of The House online here and get the audio recording of our Big Thinking lecture here.

We're hosting our next Big Thinking event on February 9th with Lori Curtis. Get all the details at fedcan.ca or from the Facebook...

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The language of equity and diversity in the academy

Malinda S. Smith, Vice-President, Equity Issues

“The term diversity is ubiquitous in university mission statements, strategic plans, recruitment brochures, and university websites.” This observation led two scholars to analyse more closely how the language of diversity is used in various university texts and contexts. Their findings recently were published in an international journal on diversity. The article compares the language of diversity used by elite universities in the United States and the United Kingdom, and offers insights for Canadian universities and colleges.

What are universities or...

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ASPP-funded author wins the 2010 Governor General’s Award for French-language non-fiction

By: Kel Morin-Parsons, Manager of ASPP

Michel Lavoie’s C’est ma seigneurie que je réclame : la lutte des Hurons de Lorette pour la seigneurie de Sillery,1650-1900, is the winner of the 2010 Governor General’s Award for French-language non-fiction.  The jury had this to say about this work, published by Les Éditions du Boréal:  “Supported by an enormous amount of archival research, this historical work by Michel...

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Indigenizing the academy: Insurgent education and the roles of Indigenous intellectuals

Jeff Corntassel, 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.

When I’m not on my home Cherokee territory, I always start my talks by acknowledging that I’m a visitor on a particular Indigenous nation’s (or nations’) homeland.  Folks have asked me over the years why I do this and my answer is always simple: It is to honor the ongoing relationships that Indigenous peoples have with their homelands –...

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