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Indigenous knowledge, anti-colonialism and empowerment

Waziyatawin, University of Victoria
Guest Contributor

Indigenous knowledge recovery is an anti-colonial project.  It is a project that gains its momentum from the anguish of loss of what was and the determined hope for what will be.  It springs from the disaster resulting from the centuries of colonialism’s efforts to methodically eradicate our ways of seeing, being and interacting with the world.  At the dawn of the 21st century, the recovery of Indigenous knowledge is a conscious...

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'The work is far from done': Women, feminism, intersectionality

Wendy Robbins, University of New Brunswick
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Portfolio’s ‘Equality Then and Now’ series, marking 40 years since the Royal Commission on the Status of Women. Look for more on this topic in upcoming posts and at Congress 2010.

“Women’s committees, it was argued, cannot effectively address intersectionality.” This was one of the main reasons given for dismantling the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ (CAUT)...

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Encourager l’engagement citoyen du chercheur : un rôle fondamental pour la Fédération

Dans son discours aux participants à l’assemblée générale réunie à Ottawa à la fin du mois de mars, la présidente de la Fédération, Noreen Golfman, a réfléchi sur le travail du chercheur dans une perspective citoyenne.   Selon Mme Golfman, la Fédération est un milieu de réflexion où les membres s’intéressent davantage à leur action citoyenne qu’à leur carrière, davantage à ce qu’ils peuvent partager qu’à ce qu’ils méritent. Plus précisément, elle a examiné le rôle de la Fédération en vue de favoriser un sens du devoir collectif — c’est-à-dire aller au-delà de ce que Donald Hall, dans son œuvre The Academic Community: A Manual for Change, appelle le moi universitaire et penser plus généreusement à faire partie d’une collectivité universitaire.

Dans un monde qui favorise trop souvent l’innovation technologique et les extrants, Mme Golfman a également rappelé l’importance pour les sciences sociales et humaines d’éviter d’être perçues comme marginales...

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Royal Commission on the Status of Women @ 40: Women's diversity and community leadership

Caroline Andrew, University of Ottawa
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Portfolio’s ‘Equality Then and Now’ series, marking 40 years since the Royal Commission on the Status of Women. Look for more on this topic in upcoming posts and at Congress 2010.

Forty years on, it is interesting to look back on the Royal Commission on the Status of Women (RCSW) that was led by Florence Bird.  In part there is some nostalgic feelings for that time when – to...

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From traditional mentoring to mentoring networks

James Deaville, Carleton University
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This is an edited version of Dr. Deaville’s recent presentation to the Federation’s General Assembly meeting on March 27, 2010. Listen to the podcast of the panel presentation, or read the liveblog of the event.

My own academic mentoring consisted of a troubling personal relationship under a senior professor, who introduced me to post-secondary academe through paranoid observations and advice...

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