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Our Future is Shared: Sheila Watt-Cloutier Presents “Everything is Connected”

Congress 2021 blog edition 

By Valerie Leow, J.D. Candidate, University of Alberta 

The sixth Big Thinking session at Congress, “Everything is Connected: Environment, Economy, Foreign Policy, Sustainability, Human Rights, and Leadership in the 21st Century,” was proud to feature Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a globally renown environmental, cultural, and human rights advocate. A Nobel Peace Prize nominee (2007) for her advocacy work in demonstrating the impact of global climate change, especially in the Arctic, on human rights, Watt-Cloutier is also an Officer of the Order of Canada, and the recipient of the 2004 Aboriginal Achievement Award for Environment, the 2005 United Nations Champion of the Earth Award, the 2005 Norwegian-based Sophie Prize, the 2015 Right Livelihood Award, and the 2020 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. In this Big Thinking lecture, Watt-Cloutier asserted that all of the pressing issues of today – matters surrounding the...

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Extending Social Science Research Partnerships to Canada’s North: A Mitacs Panel

Congress 2021 blog edition

By Valerie Leow, J.D. Candidate, University of Alberta

Mitacs, an independent, not-for-profit organization that fosters global growth and innovation, hosted a two-part session entitled, “Developing Research Partnerships in Canada’s North – Opportunities and Challenges: How Social Sciences Can Contribute,” at Congress. The first part was available as an on-demand pre-recorded 32-minute video to watch before the live Q&A session on Thursday, June 3, 2021 that comprised the second part. The pre-recorded video examined research partnerships between Mitacs, academia, and for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. At the live Q&A session, the three panelists who were featured in the pre-recorded video spoke on their process for developing relationships during their research partnerships; their experiences working in co-construction; how they ensured that their research was driven by the needs of the community;...

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Reflecting on Historical Indigenous-Canada Relations; Building New, Healthy Relationships for the Future

Congress 2021 blog edition

By Valerie Leow, J.D. Candidate, University of Alberta

Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future,” was an open event hosted by the University of Manitoba Press and moderated by their Sales and Marketing Supervisor, David Larsen. It celebrated the upcoming launch on June 8, 2021 of co-editors Katherine Graham and David Newhouse’s book by the same name, Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future, which examines the influence of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP), a report published in 1996, on Indigenous-Canada relations. With the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples laying the foundational work for subsequent milestones in Indigenous-Canada relations, Graham and Newhouse considered avenues by which we may “establish a new relationship, build healthy and powerful communities, engage citizens, and move to action.”

Professor Emeritus at Trent University Marlene Brant Castellano opened by providing...

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Addressing Burnout: Is Doing Equity Work Worth the Costs?

Congress 2021 blog edition

By Valerie Leow, J.D. Candidate, University of Alberta

In an era of increasing hostility towards the incorporation of diversity, inclusion, equity, and anti-colonial policies and practices in institutional settings, “We Are Dropping Like Flies: The Professional and Physiological Implications of Doing Equity Work” an open event hosted by the Canadian Sociological Association and moderated by Associate Professor at Mount Royal University Irene Shankar, invited four social justice scholars to provide insight on the personal and professional costs of performing equity work.

PhD Candidate in Sociology at The University of British Columbia Jennifer Adkins, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at ATB Financial Roselle M. Gonsalves, Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies at Mount Royal University Vicki Bouvier, and Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Language Revitalization and Decolonizing Education at...

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The Discrimination against Black Co-ops

Congress 2021 blog edition

By Anurika Onyenso, Third Year General Management Major, University of Alberta, Augustana Campus.

The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation “Racial Justice and Cooperatives” open event webcast featured a powerful presentation, organised around visual stories, by Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development, John Jay College.

Her presentation addressed ways cooperatives have been used to achieve economic democracy, racial justice and the challenges to achieving racial inclusion and racial justice in the cooperative movement in North America.

Nembhard began by detailing how North America has a history of colonialism including asset stripping, settler attitudes and the economic sabotage of Black co-ops. The White supremacists used financial sabotage to gain an excessive and unfair competition. This included and was not limited to:

  • railroads...
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