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Welcome to the blog for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Posts on this site are the opinion of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Federation, its staff or its board of directors. Entries are posted in the language of the author.

Members of the university research community are invited to make guest blog submissions on issues relating to the wellbeing of the humanities and social sciences research and learning enterprise in Canada. Click here to read the Federations’ blog policy. Please send your submission to communications@ideas-idees.ca.

Lawyer, professor, Mi’kmaq woman: Equity matters in my experience

Patricia Doyle-Bedwell, Dalhousie University
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.

I am a Mi’kmaq woman who also holds an academic post and, to many, it appears that I have succeeded in the mainstream educational system. I have pondered the issue of equity.  I have tried to wrap my head around the abstract notion of equity within my own...

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Towards Achieving Equity: New changes to CAUT’s governance structure

Penni Stewart, Canadian Association of University Teachers
Guest Contributor

Thank you for the invitation to post the news about the changes to the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) governance structure to the Federations’ Equity Matters Blog.

We understand how these changes would be of interest to academic staff in the humanities and social sciences working towards achieving equity in the communities where they work.

A summary of the structural changes is available on the front page of our website for anyone interested in the details (www.caut.ca). Excerpt from...

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L’embauche de conjoints: une question d’équité?

Christine Daigle, Université de Brock

Article invité Les couples universitaires ne sont plus une rareté. Finie l’époque où monsieur le professeur vaquait à ses recherches et à son enseignement alors que l’épouse supportait tous ses efforts en s’occupant de la maison et de la petite famille. Une de mes collègues m’a raconté comment, récemment engagée dans un département uniquement masculin dans les années 80, on ne savait comment agir avec elle. La chose était si inusitée! On ne l’invitait pas aux événements sociaux du département mais plutôt aux événements sociaux des femmes de professeurs. Les choses ont bien changé (sauf peut-être dans certains bastions où on résiste...

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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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