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

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 - en anglais

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? - en anglais

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 - en anglais

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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Addressing White Supremacy: Anti-Racist Technologies - en anglais

Congress 2021 blog edition

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

The Canadian Communication Association’s “How to Make Your Technology Anti-Racist” open event webcast featured Charlton Mcllwain, Professor, Media, Culture, and Communications at NYU Alliance for Public Interest Technology.

Mcllwain recently published a book titled, “Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, From the Afronet to Black Lives Matter'', which focuses on the intersections of computing technology, race, inequality, and racial justice activism.

Mcllwain described his book as a historically written text narrating and connecting multiple decades of relationships between African Americans and computing technologies from a time when racial justice and computer revolutions were occurring simultaneously.

“Anti-racist technologies not only diminish the scourge of racism and white...

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