March 2021


“The stories came from myself, too.” Markoosie Patsauq and the beginnings of Inuit literature in Canada

Guest blog by Valerie Henitiuk, Concordia University of Edmonton, and Marc-Antoine Mahieu, INALCO, Sorbonne Paris Cité

“That’s how it started. I wrote it in syllabics first and then they asked me to write it in English and that’s where the difficult time starts […].”

photo of Markoosie Patsauq, courtesy of Editions Boreal

National Indigenous Languages Day offers a prime opportunity to talk about the first Indigenous novel ever published in Canada, written by an Inuk whose family was among those forcibly relocated to the High Arctic in 1953, and who helped lead the fight for redress. Markoosie Patsauq later became both a pilot and a beloved author translated around the world. He wrote—originally in Inuktitut syllabics—a story whose English adaptation remains, 50 years later,...

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Layerings of risk: researchers document the experiences of racialized communities during COVID-19

While cases of COVID-19 continue to mount around the world, many communities face an additional, more insidious threat: "the virus of racism." Researchers across Canada have been examining the nature of race-based discrimination and its impacts, particularly on East Asian communities in Canada, throughout the pandemic.

Based in academic fields as diverse as administrative studies, sociology, social work, and English and cultural studies, scholars are working alongside Chinese diaspora communities to discover how to best support their physical and mental health, and sense of belonging, during this pandemic and in public health crises to come.

Tracking the experiences of East Asian seniors

Dr. Christine Ann Walsh, Professor of Social Work at the University of Calgary, alongside graduate researchers Qianyun Wang and Jacky Ka Kei Liu sought to learn about the specific experiences of older immigrants within Alberta's Chinese diaspora community....

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Democracy in the classroom: Struggles for mental equilibrium, trust and knowledge

Guest blog by Constance Morley, PhD, Conflict Studies, Saint Paul University

Recent events in the United States are a stark reminder of how currents of racist hatred and thinking can lurk, concealed in the privacy of people’s thoughts until called-upon or provoked. There are folks who maybe had the misfortune of being raised by parents who missed the history lessons of the 1960s that awakened North Americans to grave inequalities, segregation in America and the need to learn the truths about colonialism. Governments slowly started to address racial injustices in America and elsewhere, offering political support for greater cultural diversity. Still, undercurrents of racism in society persisted or reappeared in new forms. In America, a whole range of “white power” groups slowly formed since the Vietnam War,...

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