December 2019
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND SEE YOU IN 2020! On behalf of all 18 of us here at the Federation, thanks to our members, friends and partners who collaborated with us in 2019. We share every one of our successes with the broader HSS community. As such, best wishes for the holiday season! If you celebrate with family and/or friends, may you share moments of peace and happiness together. We look forward to all that new challenges and opportunities 2020 will bring our way!
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's... the wise owls of Congress who, starting this week, are here to give you tips, tricks and reminders in the lead-up to you-know-what. This time, they're here to tell you that the Early Bird Rate for Congress registration opens on January 6th! Do you have a Congress-related message you'd like to disseminate on Twitter? Email with suggestions. Puns not mandatory, but much appreciated!
There's a fund for that: Are you looking to host an interdisciplinary session at Congress? Bringing in a keynote speaker from abroad? Aiming to present your graduate work at Congress for the first time? The Federation offers 3 funding programs: the Aid for Interdisciplinary Sessions Fund, the International Keynote Speaker Support Fund, and the Congress Graduate Merit Award, and and all three are now open for applications! Talk to your scholarly association if you are interested in applying. Deadline: January 31.
Looking back on three centuries of shared life in North America: Discover the 2019 Prix du Canada French language winner! In revisiting the mechanisms that led to the decimation and expropriation of the peoples of North America, authors Denys Delâge, a specialist on Indigenous peoples, and Jean-Philippe Warren, a specialist on French Canadian society, paint a portrait of the meeting between Indigenous nations and European empires and the resulting clash of cultures.  Read more about  Le Piège de la liberté .
Indigenous resilience as seen through lacrosse:  Allan Downey won the 2019 English language Canada Prize for his book The Creator's Game: Lacrosse, Identity and Indigenous Nationhood. In tracing the history of lacrosse as a sport from 1860 to 1990, Downey argues that "Indigenous history is independent of colonial history. While the history of colonialism is indeed important and deserves discussion, it does not define and will never define Indigenous communities and their stories".  Check out our blog in which we profiled his book!
S SHRC Impact Awards: Political philosopher Dr. Will Kymlicka was awarded the Gold Medal at the SSHRC Impact Awards on December 4. Dr. Kymlicka is known for his groundbreaking work on the link between democracy and diversity. In his early career, Kymlicka pioneered the study of multiculturalism, ethnicity and nationalism as a central, long-lasting research agenda for political theory and philosophy. Kymlicka is a professor of philosophy and the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen's University.  Read more.
Towards meaningful engagement with the TRC'S Calls to Action: Mi'kmaq lawyer, professor, activist and politician Pam Palmater argues for applying a critical lens to our efforts at reconciliation and for a deeper commitment to the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The author presents 17 recommendations that capture the transformational aspirations that true reconciliation represents. Read more.
Creating opportunities in the North: Memorial University and Nunavut Arctic College (NAC) recently agreed to form a 10-year partnership with the goal of increasing employment in Nunavut. Over the next decade, Memorial University will work alongside NAC to promote northern research opportunities, build administrative capacity and expand post-secondary programs available to students in the territory. Among the first initiatives will be the Nunavut Teacher Education Program, which prepares teachers to work in Nunavut's unique education system and equally favours Inuktitut and English. Read more.
New law scholarship at UQAM for Indigenous Students: Thanks to one of the biggest donations in the institution's history, the Université du Québec à Montréal is creating two new scholarships for First Nations and Inuit students enrolled in the BA of Law degree. The Albert-Leblanc Fund is made possible thanks to Mr. Dr. Paul Leblanc, a law professor who created the fund in memory of his father. The fund will award $30,000 to an Indigenous student from both the political science and law departments of UQAM. Read more.

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