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June 18, 2016

Communiqué: June 2016

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Congress research in the media
June 2016
Congress research in the media!
Research presented at Congress garnered impressive media coverage from both regional and national outlets. See who was In the news, featuring innovative research that matters to Canadians and impacts our everyday lives. The National Post ran a five-part “Oh, the Humanities” series on Congress, and the Calgary Herald kicked off its coverage of the ‘academic Olympics’ featuring the Big Thinking lineup, followed by over 20 other articles!

Federation news & events
2016 Annual Conference – Save the Date!

The Federation’s 2016 Annual Conference will take place on November 9 at the University of Toronto. This year’s conference will focus on cities, and will feature aBig Thinking lecture by Julian Agyeman from Tufts University. Mark your calendars and visit our website for more information!

Watch online: Big Thinking at Congress
Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and journalist Naomi Kleinwere among the six high-profile academics and public figures speaking at Congress as part of the Big Thinkinglecture series. Don’t miss out! Watch the Big Thinking lectures online.
Discover Congress through our blog

Didn’t make it to all the sessions you had hoped? The Federation blog has over 20 stories from the week at Congress, from a variety of disciplines and on a range of topics. Check it out!

Federation co-sponsored reconciliation forum
On June 1 at Congress 2016, the Federation co-hosted Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future, a half-day public forum. The forum was attended by over 140 people and stimulated moving discussions about the role of government, and the humanities and social sciences in reconciliation.
Congress is on Facebook!

Did you miss an event? Do you want to revisit your Congress experience? Check out the Congress 2016 photo albums on the Federation’s Facebook. See photos from the Big Thinking series, theCanada Prizes awards reception and ceremony as well as Congress highlights!

Congress 2017 website is live!
Ryerson University partners with the Federation to bring you the next edition of Congress under the theme “From Far & Wide: The Next 150,” inviting you to reflect on our past as we look to the future. Check out the newly launchedCongress 2017 website!
Federation welcomes new President-Elect and one new board member
Following its Annual General Meeting in Calgary, Alberta, the Federationannounced Guy Laforest as President-Elect, welcomed Tim Goddard as Director, Teaching and Learning, and acclaimed Cindy Blackstock as Director, Equity and Diversity for a second term.
Federation releases ASPP Report 2015-2016
The Federation has released a report on the activities of the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) for its 2015-2016 year. The full report is available here.
2015 annual report and financial statements
The Federation’s annual report andfinancial statements for the year 2015 are now available online. New this year: the annual report is available as an interactive flipbook!

Member news
Attention GA reps

Thank you to all General Assembly representatives who participated at the Federation’s 2016 Annual General Meeting, which took place at UCalgary during Congress 2016. Please remember to fill out your association form or yourinstitution form.

Funding opportunities
The Federation would like to draw members’ attention to a variety of excellent funding opportunities for participating in the celebration of Canada’s 150th including at Congress 2017
 * SSHRC Connection Grants: ($7,000 to $25,000) to support initiatives organized by postsecondary institutions and scholars, and other outreach activities (up to $50,000). Next deadline: August 1, 2016. Federation members are strongly encouraged to link their proposals with Congress 2017 at Ryerson University.
 * Canada Council New Chapter grants: offering artists and organizations grants ($50,000 to $500,000) to support the creation and sharing of exceptional artistic and literary works. Next deadline is July 4, 2016.
* Community Infrastructure Program funding: is providing an additional $150 million for institutions, to support the renovation, expansion or improvement of community and recreational infrastructure
* Community Foundations of Canada funding: Community foundations in nearly every province are now inviting applications for local projects, (including soon the Toronto Foundation for special activities during Congress 2017)
Stay connected even after Congress is over!

The Federation wants to encourage members to reach out and make yours an active membership. To find out more about your membership and what it can do for you visit our website or contact

Highlights from the HSS community
Final Five SSHRC Storytellers announced
After 25 inspiring three-minute presentations, the 2016 Final Five Storytellers were announced on site at Congress 2016. How is SSHRC-funded research improving our lives and our world? Click here to see the excitement as SSHRC celebrates this year’s winners!
Budget 2017 pre-budget consultation
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance launched on June 3 its pre-budget consultation process. The Federation is preparing a pre-budget brief and welcomes member input in advance of the August 5 deadline, addressed to Peter Severinson. Read the call for Canadians to share their priorities for 2017.
Federal sciences review process launch
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, launched on June 13 a six-month independent review of federal funding for fundamental science. The panel-led review will assess the programs in place to support science in Canada under the three granting councils and certain other federally funded organizations. The Federation welcomes members’ views addressed to Peter Severinsonas we develop a process for a Federation submission.

Ideas can….put you to the test!
The Federation History Quiz is in full swing! 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 one of several prizes.
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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