February 2020
The Federation regains its charitable status:  After four years and hundreds of hours of hard work,  including conversations with past and present staff and Board members, and contributions from the members who participated in our Special Members Meeting in November 2019, the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences has regained its charitable status as of January 3, 2020. Thank you!  Please direct any questions to Brenda Dashney, Chief Operating Officer, at  bdashney@ideas-idees.ca .
Leveraging the skills of social sciences and humanities graduates: Federation Board member Sandra Lapointe is part of an initiative called Future Skills Centre. They recently released a report called 'Leveraging the Skills of Social Sciences and Humanities Graduates .'  Read more.
New blog article: The Influence of Indigenous Knowledge on Policy and Practice  : Julien Commanda, an Anishinaabe student in Communications and Media at Carleton University, shares his impressions on a panel and conference co-organized by the Federation and Genome BC in November 2019.  Read more.
Beyond a Single Story: Black Lives and Hidden Figures in the Canadian Academy:  Dr. Malinda S. Smith spearheaded the creation of our #EquityMatters blog series over 10 years ago, and this February she has contributed a new article! What better way to mark #BlackHistoryMonth2020 than by recounting the counter-narratives of three trailblazing Black women academics in the 19th and 20th centuries? 
Read the article!
In the Middle. . . Somewhat Dislocated: Dr. Henry Daniel is a professor, choreographer, performer and artistic director at SFU. His blog centres around a dance piece that was performed at the Black Canadian Studies Association's conference at Congress 2019. What's so special about this blog is that it includes a full video of the performance!   Read the blog and watch the performance. 

Why Canada needs a national policy for Black arts, culture and heritage: Outside
 of February, consistent and prominent displays of Black creative talent and artistic direction are exceedingly rare in Canada. Read the article.

Universities must open their archives:  For the first time, a Canadian university - the University of Guelph - is reconciling with its history of teaching eugenics.    Read more.

Track changes: how Black railway porters helped reshape a nation: As Cecil Foster shows in his new book, generations of Black porters have been instrumental in shaping the multicultural ideals for which Canada is known today. Read more.
University of Alberta to host Congress 2021: On January 24, we were pleased to announce that Congress 2021 will take place in Edmonton at the University of Alberta. The theme will be  Northern Relations. "Congress creates a unique space where people from across Canada - and beyond - come together, share ideas, collaborate and contribute to shaping our future,"  said Federation Board Chair Patrizia Albanese.  Read the announcement.
Congress 2020 Welcome video
Congress 2020 Welcome video
Have you watched the official Congress 2020 video yet? Just a reminder that t he early bird registration rates are available until March 31. See our website for instructions on  how to register.  It's also the perfect time to begin thinking about  accommodations . Take advantage of discount codes while rooms are still available. Read more for help on how to plan your trip and stay tuned as more programming info becomes available !
First Congress 2020 Big Thinking speaker revealed!  The Federation and Western University are excited to announce that Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier has joined the Congress 2020 Big Thinking lineup!  Find out more. 
Discover Congress 2020 open events: You can browse Congress events that are open to all Congress attendees and the public in the Calendar of open events. Events that tie to the Congress 2020 theme 'Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism' can be found by selecting 'Bridging divides' from the Series or theme dropdown menu. 
The Canadian Association of Slavists announced the winner of their annual CAS Undergraduate Student Essay Prize:  Yaroslav Gouzenko (McGill University). His essay was entitled "Shaimiev and the Tartarstan Model: A Successful Hijack". Read more.
ACCUTE reflects on defamation webinar project : in the latest issue of its newsletter, the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English discusses its collaboration with the Federation on the webinar 'An Introduction to Defamation Law - A Resource for Canadian Scholars'. ACCUTE President Jennifer Andrews shares some interesting thoughts and a useful summary of what was discussed at the webinar. If you missed the live webinar, watch it online!
Concordia launches Black Perspectives Initiative: Opening later this month, the BPI aims to support and connect Black initiatives and scholarship at the school. Read more.
SSHRC has launched the latest Horizon 2020 Migration Call to support Horizon 2020's societal challenge 6:  Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.   Learn more.
Indigenous land acknowledgement needs more meaning, says Chief: "Beginning with a land acknowledgement is a sign of respect and it is appreciated. However, it should be viewed as a beginning and not the finish," said Mississauga's First Nation Chief R. Stacey Laforme.  Read more.
Ottawa signs funding deal for French-language university in Toronto: Two levels of government will spend $126 million on the project over eight years.  The federal government is kicking in $63 million over five years. Read more.
CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC are seeking Expressions of Interest for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples: The granting agencies are looking for 8-10 individuals to participate in the Reference Group for the Appropriate Review of Indigenous Research. Deadline: March 13. Read more. 
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