February 2017
Media statement: U.S executive order
The Federation issued a media statement expressing grave concern about the U.S. decision to bar entry to people from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and suspend all refugee admissions for 120 days. As the national voice for the HSS community, we took this action because of the impact on members and the dangerous impediment the order poses to the diversity, inclusion and openness that are features of a strong and democratic society. Read this blog by Director of Policy and Programs Gauri Sreenivasan for an overview of statements from our membership.
Federation news & events
Congress is for everyone

Are you a member of an association attending Congress? Check if your association is attending  and find all the info you need. If you are not an association member, Congress is a wonderful multidisciplinary learning environment for curious minds. You can register to attend any session open to all. Browse open events here . Early bird rates close March 31.
Budget 2017

On the day of federal budget 2017 (date still to be determined), the Federation will issue a release reacting to issues that matter to the humanities and social sciences community. We'll be looking for news on elements such as research funding, educational opportunities (including work-integrated learning), and reconciliation, as detailed in our pre-budget submission .
2017 Federation election update
Nominations for six positions on the Federation's Board of Directors will be accepted until February 15, 2017. Full details about the nomination process - including job descriptions for the open positions, who is eligible to nominate and vote, and the Nominating Committee - are available online.
Big Thinking launches 2017 season

Big Thinking on the Hill launches its 2017 season on February 21 with the lecture "Canadian-ness," citizen engagement, and Canada 150: Using history to inform policy by Matthew Hayday, Associate Professor of History at the University of Guelph. Click here for more information,  to register, and to see the full spring lineup.


Membership recruitment webinar

The Federation has launched a new "Webinar for members" service. Webinars are free for members, feature topical issues and are posted shortly after each event. Our first webinar, "Membership recruitment and retention strategies," was presented in partnership with the Canadian Sociological Association. Read highlights of the webinar in Member Relations Officer, Eveline Oulton's blog and stay tuned for others  to come. 
CIHR peer review reform

In September 2016, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) launched an International Peer Review Expert Panel to assess its new grants adjudication processes. The Federation nominated Antonia Maioni, Dean of Arts, McGill University and Matthew Herder Faculties of Medicine and Law at Dalhousie University to testify before the panel last month on key issues for supporting health-related research in the humanities and social sciences. Read Herder's guest blog for details on his testimony.
New scholarly publishing model

The Canadian Scholarly Publishing Working Group - a multi-stakeholder working group which includes the Federation, scholarly publishers, academic libraries, funders and researchers - released an interim report on January 31 featuring an overview of the Canadian landscape for scholarly publishing, and draft principles that characterize a sustainable scholarly publishing model for Canada.

Member news
CCA book prize nominations
Nominations are open for the Robinson Book Prize, awarded annually by the Canadian Communication Association (CCA) for achievements in the field of communications. Nominees must have published a monograph in the previous calendar year and be a CCA member. Nomination deadline: March 1, 2017. Full details here .
Highlights from the HSS community
Impact Award nominations open
The SSHRC Impact Awards  recognize outstanding achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities partially or fully funded by SSHRC, with four prestigious awards of C$50,000 and a Gold Medal award  of C$100,000. See categories and  institutional eligibility  guidelines. Nomination deadline: April 5, 2017.
International policy competition
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)  has partnered with Global Affairs Canada on the second  International Policy Ideas Challenge . Postdoctoral fellow and graduate students in the social sciences and humanities are invited to submit policy proposals on emerging trends and issues affecting key priorities in Canadian international policy. Application deadline: March 13, 2017.
CIHR funding opportunity
The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) announced a new funding opportunity for social scientists conducting research on addressing the broad spectrum of population and public health issues. "This funding marks an important step in the process of bringing researchers across disciplines together," said Steven Hoffman, Scientific Director, Institute of Population and Public Health, CIHR.
Join the C2U Expo Community Jam
The 2017 C2U Expo Community Jam, hosted by Simon Fraser University on May 1-2, is seeking delegates to help explore how  innovative partnership between communities and campuses can create smart and caring communities. To register or to learn more about the event, visit  C2U Expo Community Jam . C2UExpo 2019 hosting info here .
Communiqué 
with us

On January 24 the Federation hosted a webinar on Membership recruitment and retention strategies in our "Webinars for members" initiative. We are now looking for new topics of interest to our membership. Please comment on our Facebook thread to suggest a webinar topic, and see what others have suggested as well!  
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