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Saving the Arctic: A Roundtable on Ocean Governance and Sustainability (en anglais)

Congress 2021 blog edition 

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

The “Critical Perspectives on Arctic Oceans Governance, Sustainability, and Justice” open event, hosted by the Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA), centered on the United Nations’ proclamation of 2021 as the beginning of a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support sustainable development of the ocean and efforts to reverse declines in ocean health. Sustainable development is often described as requiring balance between the three pillars of the economic aspect, the environmental aspect, and the social aspect. But between these three pillars, where do cross-cutting aspects like ‘equity’ and ‘justice’ fall? This roundtable event aimed to reflect on global issues of equity and justice, with regards to the Arctic Ocean specifically, but also on ocean governance and sustainability in general. 

The roundtable was moderated by Sara Seck,...

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One Land Defender on the Front Lines of Climate Justice (en anglais)

Congress 2021 blog edition 

By Megan Perram (she/her), PhD Candidate in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta 

In one of the most compelling talks at this year’s Congress, Tara Houska, Tribal Attorney and Land Defender from Couchiching First Nation, discussed her incredible career fighting climate destruction at both the political and industrial levels. “Old Ways Know Best: Cultural Shift as a Solution to the Climate Crisis” was an open event hosted by the Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC). 

Houska began her talk acknowledging her physical space, sitting outside in front of a body of water. She’s currently living in a pipeline resistance camp with a group of young activists. The passion and sense of justice that these young people embody inspire Houska to keep on with her fight. The climate activist described how she recently had a meeting with Joe Biden’s Senior Climate Advisor: “that...

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How to Boost Your Résumé in Ways that Work (en anglais)

Congress 2021 blog edition 

By Megan Perram (she/her), PhD Candidate in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta 

Positioning yourself as the best possible candidate for a job opening is a difficult but important skill to master. In an insightful lecture hosted by Mitacs, Catherine Maybrey, Career Coach at CM Coaching Services, offers valuable career-building tools, tips, and resources for enhancing your career.  

According to Maybrey, résumés are vital documents that are often misunderstood: “The résumé’s entire job is to get you to that interview stage and to keep you in the competition. That's it, the résumé is not going to get you a job.” We have to remember that our job applications must demonstrate our competence in the area being hired for and that we would be an asset to the organization. However, the interview is where we need to nuance our résumés and really stand out. 

A common misconception...

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Deconstructing the EDI Acronym with Dr. Malinda Smith (en anglais)

Congress 2021 blog edition 

By Megan Perram (she/her), PhD Candidate in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta 

Malinda Smith, Vice Provost Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Professor at the University of Calgary, invites us to think about racial diversity in leadership positions in Canadian higher education, barriers to inclusivity, and solutions to our existing racial and gender inequalities. Smith’s talk, “Diversity Gap in Canadian Higher Education,” was organized by the Canadian Sociological Association and the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. 

Like most talks at Congress, this lecture began with a land acknowledgment. However, Smith called on the audience to think deeper about our complacency and participation in ongoing colonial violence. She referenced the recent discovery of 215 Indigenous children’s bodies found on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British...

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Combating Unconscious Bias and Systemic Racism (en anglais)

Congress 2021 blog edition 

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

Although – hopefully – most of us do not consciously or intentionally work to perpetuate inequality in the world, odds are that most of us at least sometimes say or do things that preclude diversity and exclude the ‘other.’ SAGE Publishing hosted the “Getting Real About Inequality and Unconscious Bias” open event at Congress on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. This event featured pre-recorded presentations by two contributing authors to the book, Getting Real About Race, and one contributing author to the book, Getting Real About Inequality, all of whom speak on how we can endeavour to do better in terms of addressing inequality and unconscious bias. 

The first speaker, Karen Wu, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, and contributed the chapter, ““I Just Think Asian Men Aren’t Sexy!”: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, and the Devaluing...

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