March 2020
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and Congress 2020:  The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and Western University are committed to providing a safe and healthy space for all Congress participants, speakers, attendees, exhibitors and partners. Please check this page for the latest updates  regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and Congress 2020.
What does International Women's Day mean to you? Did you know that out of 18 staff members at the Federation, 14 are women? Lily, our Communications Coordinator, decided to do a bit of crowdsourcing to find out what empowering thoughts about IWD are blossoming within the minds of our staff.  Read on.
Boxes and trolleys and tape, oh my! A big move for the Federation: In case you did not hear, the Federation had a big move at the beginning of February. Just as we do at Congress, we all pulled together to make the move a success, and our new office is starting to feel like home.  Read about the move and see pictures of the new space.
Share your good news! Do you have a success story to share from your scholarly association or institution? Have you recently released a book? Got any exciting news about your conference program? Or just need to get the word out about something to our 20,000 subscribers? This section of the Communiqué belongs to our members - and we want to hear from you! Email any time to submit your news. Our Communiqué goes out the second Wednesday of every month.
The Federation supports the translation of Canadian Political Science Association's report on Open Access: The movement for open access (OA) is rapidly gaining support in the scholarly publishing community. In principle, it is in the interest of the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) and the Société québécoise de science politique (SQSP) to support the OA movement. But OA also creates its own challenges. Read more.  
The University of Victoria (UVic) is looking for a new Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences: The ideal candidate will be an accomplished and respected scholar with a record of research and teaching excellence and will have demonstrated success in academic leadership. Read more.
UManitoba diversity push in education department: The University of Manitoba has doubled the number of minorities studying to be teachers - years after introducing an aggressive target to admit nearly half of all education students from diverse backgrounds. Three in 10 students in the faculty of education are now classified as belonging to the U of M's diversity categories. Read more.
We need to talk about racism: It takes effort, but as you learn to become more comfortable having these difficult discussions, you become part of the solution, says Sheila Cote-Meek, Vice-President, Equity, People and Culture at York University and a member of the Federation's Indigenous Advisory Circle. Read more.
SSHRC announces International Policy Ideas Challenge 2020: SSHRC is pleased to announce the launch of the fifth edition of the International Policy Ideas Challenge call for proposals, organized in partnership with Global Affairs Canada. This is a great opportunity to support graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and Early Career Researchers with hands-on training and mentorship across government to catalyze the transfer of research knowledge into policy briefs that address emerging international policy challenges.  Read more.   
Chief Science Advisor of Canada announces Roadmap for Open Science: The Roadmap outlines next steps that should be taken to make federal science open to all, while respecting privacy, security, ethical considerations and appropriate intellectual property protection. Read more.
Participate in consultations for the 2020-22 National Action Plan on Open Government: Every two years, the Open Government team establishes a National Action Plan. From now until May 1, 2020, they will be connecting with Canadians online to get their input. Visit the website to find out how to participate. 
Canada-UK initiative invests in AI research at Canadian institutions: Ten international research projects involving universities in Canada and the UK are set to receive approximately $5 million and £5 million from the federal government over the next three years as part of a transatlantic artificial intelligence (AI) initiative. Read more.
How sportswear fashion is indebted to Indigenous and African American cultures: Sweatpants, hoodies, sneakers: these staples of contemporary sportswear originated in North America, and now command global markets. But did you know that the all-American sportswear results from uncredited contributions of Indigenous and African peoples? Read more.
Facing the change: Canada and the International Decade for People of African Descent - part 1: The Canadian Commission for UNESCO has partnered with the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration to produce a special edition of Canadian Diversity magazine, focusing on the International Decade of People of African Descent. Read more.
Sex, race and discrimination: U of T researcher's book applies an intersectional lens to the Indian Act: A member of the Oneida Nation of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, author Martin Cannon says Men, Masculinity and the Indian Act is inspired by feminist theory and Indigenous women's writings about sexism and racism. Read more.
New book analyzes Indigenous self-governance in Canadian Arctic: Three Inuit regions in Canada have taken the necessary steps toward self-governance: Nunavik in northern Quebec, the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the western Northwest Territories, and Nunatsiavut in northern Labrador. Read more about the new book by UNBC Political Science Professor Dr. Gary Wilson.
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