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October 10, 2019

October 2019 Communiqué

An item from a pan-Canadian educational research organization.

October 2019


Federation welcomes three new scholarly association members: The Federation is pleased to welcome three new scholarly association members into our community! The Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS), the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (CSSC / SCEBD) and the Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT) were voted in at our annual meeting in May, pushing our scholarly association membership count to 81!

Congress 2020 planning & new theme – Western University hosted the Congress 2020 Planning Meeting last month. With the logistical planning well underway, it’s time to start thinking about programming, and a great place to start would be to check out the new Congress 2020 theme description, designed to help conceptualize your submissions. Read more about Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism.
Big Thinking on refugee health, Sept. 18: James Orbinski gave a prescient and sobering lecture to a full house of CAHS Scholars about the role that health science researchers have to play in promoting health for refugee communities. Photos from the event are available on our Facebook page. Interested in knowing about future Big Thinking events? Sign up for the newsletter!
Federation and Genome BC collaborate on CSPC panel: The Canadian Science Policy Conference is taking place in Ottawa from November 13-15, and the Federation is proud to present, along with Genome BC, a panel entitled The Influence of Indigenous Knowledge on Policy and Practice, featuring six panelists from various disciplines and institutions. Read about the panelists and program.

7 university leaders contemplate the future of higher education in Canada: University Affairs asked seven leaders representing different regions and levels of the university world how they think Canadian universities will change in the next 20 years, what challenges they will face and what opportunities lie ahead. Read their answers.
Measuring cognitive skills in post-secondary education: the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario is working on building a method of measuring the cognitive skills of post-secondary students and showing a comparison between first- and fourth-year students. The report aims to measure the value of a university education beyond simple GPA.
How teachers should be allies in reconciliation: Two professors in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University discuss how settler professors can incorporate an awareness of the legacy of colonialism into their teaching, and the importance of deep listening as the first step in reconciliation.
Franco-Ontarian professors protest budget cuts with poetry: Ontario-based publisher Prise de Parole is publishing a volume of poetry by academics and writers from the Franco-Ontarian community as a form of resistance against recent cuts to French-language services by the government of Ontario. Even if the plans for the creation of a French university in Ontario have been revived, the publisher says the collection will go down as a snapshot of the Franco-Ontarian community’s indignation and creativity.


New Equity Matters blog post: The latest blog in our Equity Matters series is by Brock University Associate Professor Tamari Kitossa and is an examination of the phenomenology of an African Canadian professor – and of how the real-life world of such a professor is “fraught with ambivalence, contradiction, risks and paradox.” Read

Polytechnique awarded Parity Certification: Polytechnique Montréal, also a new Federation member, has recently been recognized by the Women in Governance organization for its commitment to working towards gender parity in its staff and student body. It is the first time that a university has been awarded Parity Certification, as the award usually goes to companies. Polytechnique’s Board formally declared the institution’s commitment to support and promote equity, diversity and inclusion in 2017, and this award confirms that they are on the right track.
Concordia teams up with Princeton to study bilingualism: A team of researchers from Concordia University in Montreal and Princeton in New Jersey have received $2M in funding for a longitudinal study about the effects of bilingualism on development in children. Unlike previous studies that have compared bilingual children with monolingual children, this study will follow children from both French-English households in Montreal and Spanish-English households in New Jersey.


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Interesting to note the 2018-2019 MFNERC Annual and Finance Report below, as the MFNERC manages the Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate.


1st Annual First Nations Cross-Country Meet

Students from all over Manitoba participate in the first annual First Nations Cross-Country Meet.

MFNERC and Yellowquill College Merge

MFNERC and Yellowquill College, have formally amalgamated, creating a First Nations Post-Secondary Institution.

Celebration Held in Honour of National Truth and Reconciliation Day

AMC and MFNERC host two-day Manitoba First Nations Languages Land-Based Gathering.

2018-2019 MFNERC Annual Report

The 2018-2019 MFNERC Annual and Finance Report is now available online for review.

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Lighting the Fire Conference 2020 will be held on May 6-8.
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Call for Youth Writers

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October 9, 2019

[CJLT / RCAT] New Notification From Canadian Journal Of Learning And Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie

No K-12 distance, online, and or blended learning items in this issue.

You have a new notification from Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie:

An issue has been published.


CJLT Managing Editors

However, this article may be of interest to some:

Chantal Labonté, Veronica R. Smith

October 6, 2019

[L_OSBC_Announce] Great Bear

An item from the folks at Open School BC.

I invite you to share this with your friends and colleagues.

Thank you,
Michael Cochrane
Open School BC

Breaking news!
Over the next year, OSBC will be working with BC teachers to develop a series of Activity Plans for grades 10-12 students for the Great Bear Rainforest educational website<>!
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October 4, 2019

1 Day Left To Register For Online Learning 2019

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