October 2016
Federation submission to Fundamental Science Review
The Federation has completed its submission to the federal Fundamental Science Review process. Our recommendations address how to improve the Canadian research system, with a particular focus on how to strengthen the important contributions of research in the humanities and social sciences The brief benefited significantly from diverse input from the membership - your participation is greatly appreciated.
Federation news & events
Reconciliation: Much work remains

Federation President Stephen J. Toope's and Director of Equity and Diversity Cindy Blackstock's September 27 op-ed in  The Globe and Mail " The promise of reconciliation: indigenous knowledge waiting in the wings" points to the important challenge to the PSE system to value and support  Indigenous knowledge and faculty  alongside efforts to ensure equitable  access to PSE education for Indigenous  students.
Toope appointed Vice- Chancellor of Cambridge

 The Federation congratulates Stephen J.  Toope on his remarkable nomination as  Vice-Chancellor of the University of  Cambridge, taking effect on October 1,  2017. "Stephen Toope is a visionary leader  with outstanding credentials and a deep  commitment to people, knowledge and  justice," says Jean-Marc Mangin as Toope  will become the first non-Briton to be  nominated for this appointment.

Annual Conference, Nov 9
Join us at our Annual Conference in Toronto to discuss People, Place and Possibility: Cities and the Humanities and Social Sciences. The conference will include interactive workshops on reconciliation, research impacts and innovation. See our latest blog: Innovation's crucial dimensions, the first in this year's Annual Conference blog series. Access the full program and register your attendance! 
 Mangin steps down as
 Executive Director

 After more than 6 ½ years as Executive  Director of the Federation, Jean-Marc  Mangin announces that it is time for new  leadership. In his letter of farewell, he  indicates that a new ED will bring renewed  energy to fuel the ambitious goals laid out  in the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan launched  earlier this year.
 Tausig Ford named Interim    ED 

The Federation extends a warm welcome to Christine Tausig Ford as Interim Executive Director. Her appointment is effectively immediately and runs until February 2017. The Federation thanks her in advance for her support to internal operations and to the Federation staff in this time of transition.
Chance to contribute to culture review

Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly recently launched a national consultation called " Canadian Content in a Digital World." HSS scholars have an important role in producing, preserving and interpreting Canadian cultural products, and we encourage members to take part in the consultations, which close November 25. The Federation will be making a submission and we welcome member input.
#SmartIdeas featured in UA

#SmartIdeas researcher Louis Raymond was interviewed by University Affairs magazine about his research on enhancing productivity and innovation. Also see University Affairs interviews with #SmartIdeas researchers, Joel Westheimer and Jo-ann Archibald to find out more about how the Smart Ideas initiative helps articulate the value and role of HSS.

Big Thinking on reconciliation - Sep 27
Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, asked Parliamentarians "Is incremental equality for First Nations Children compatible with reconciliation?" at a September 27 Big Thinking on the Hill. See the video and photo album now online.
Big Thinking on US politics - 
Oct 25
Registration is open for the October 25 Big Thinking on the Hill lecture " The 2016 US Election: How did it come to this, and where is it going?" by Richard Johnston, Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation at the University of British Columbia.


Big Thinking on the road -  
Nov 19
Catherine Middleton, Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, and Canada Research Chair in Communication Technologies will deliver a Big Thinking lecture at the RSC Annual General Meeting, challenging assumptions about digital literacy in Canada and how to advance digital inclusion for all.
Congress 
Big Thinking
Big Thinking at Congress 2017 will feature new formats and engaging discussions on timely topics. Featured speakers include Tracey Lindberg, author of Birdie; John Ralston Saul, Co-Chair, Institute for Canadian Citizenship and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University; and Wade Davis, Professor, BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Stay tuned for more details!
Member news
The 2016 ESAC's ECO Award
Each year, the Environmental Studies Association of Canada's ECO-Award honours outstanding contributions of individuals or groups working together to build partnerships and networks within the field of environmental studies. More information here
Carleton University students win Vanier Award
Two Carleton University graduate students, have won the prestigious Vanier Award. The award represents a value of $50,000 per year for up to three years and is awarded in recognition of the significant value of graduate level research. 

Highlights from the HSS community
Back to school buzz
Back to school news fills the media every fall when more than a million Canadian students head back to college and university. Read our Back to school blog to find a variety of important conversations about the PSE sector and its biggest achievements and challenges moving forward in the 2016-17 academic year.
Creative and Entrepreneurial Canada

SSHRC has partnered with Startup Canada and Google Canada to collect ideas from Canada's most creative and entrepreneurial citizens in order to contribute to the federal government's national strategy to improve the level of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship within Canada. Read our blog story to find out how you can contribute to a #CreativeCanada.
Cyberinfrastructure for
HSS research

The Canada Foundation for Innovation announced the funding of $4.3 million to the Open Science SSH Cyberinfrastructure to enable the implementation of a national digital research platform for HSS research. This digital infrastructure supported by several Canadian universities will provide essential data and tools to improve research and scholarly publishing in HSS fields.
Last chance to put your ideas to the test!

The Federation History Quiz continues! Each month we post a new question, as well as answers and winners from previous months. Test your knowledge of the Federation's history and enter to win prizes. Last chance - this is the last month! Good luck!
The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is a national, member-based organization of universities and scholarly associations that promotes the value of research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. 
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