Merritt Turetsky a été sélectionnée 2018-19 Leshner Fellow

Membre du Collège et professeure de biologie intégrative de l’University of Guelph, Merritt Turetsky a été sélectionnée pour faire partie des 15 Membres Leshner de l’American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) de l’année 2018-2019 – la seule canadienne cette année.

Entamant sa troisième année, ce programme est affilié au Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science dont l’objectif est d’améliorer la communication entre les scientifiques, les ingénieurs et le public.

« Dans la période actuelle de post-vérité, il est plus important que jamais pour les scientifiques de s’engager auprès du public », a déclaré Turetsky, titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en écologie intégrative. « C’est quelque chose que j’apprécie vraiment faire en tant que membre de la communauté de la University of Guelph, mais le programme Leshner ouvrira de nouvelles perspectives. »

Turetsky travaille avec des communautés vivant dans les territoires du nord du Canada et s’intéresse particulièrement à la diffusion de leurs perspectives par rapport à l’impact du changement climatique sur leurs terres, leur nourriture et leurs eaux.

Parmi les Membres Leshner de cette année, 13 sont issus d’universités américaines et un de l’université d’Oxford. Les études des 15 chercheurs portent sur la sécurité alimentaire et hydrique.

En tant qu’écologiste des écosystèmes, Turetsky étudie le changement climatique dans les biomes polaires et boréaux du Canada, y compris les effets sur la santé des sols et la qualité de l’eau. Dans son rôle de membre Leshner de l’AAAS, elle collaborera avec la University of Guelph et la Société royale du Canada en rapportant les problématiques relatives au changement climatique et à la sécurité alimentaire et hydrique dans le Nord. Elle recevra, ainsi que d’autres chercheurs, une formation en communication scientifique et en engagement du public au courant du printemps à Washington D.C.

La période des candidatures pour la cohorte 2018 des membres du Collège de nouveaux chercheurs et créateurs en art et en science est désormais ouverte !

La période des candidatures pour la cohorte 2018 des membres du Collège de nouveaux chercheurs et créateurs en art et en science est désormais ouverte ! Les candidatures peuvent être soumises par les membres institutionnels, les membres de la Société royale du Canada et les membres du Collège. La date limite de dépôt des candidatures est fixée au 8 mars. Pour plus de détails, veuillez consulter :

Mises à jour pour 2018 :

  1. En tant que partie intégrante du dossier, les candidats doivent soumettre une déclaration de 500 mots reflétant la manière dont leur travail contribuera au Collège pendant leur mandat de sept ans. Pour plus de détails, veuillez consulter :
  2. Les candidats doivent être citoyens canadiens ou résidents permanents au moment de leur candidature.
  3. Les candidatures refusées peuvent être redéposées indéfiniment, à condition qu’elles remplissent toujours les critères d’éligibilité.

Si vous avez des questions, veuillez contacter Russel MacDonald, Gestionnaire, Collège de nouveaux chercheurs (

Young Academies issue statement to address how Science can help with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Young Academies of sciences around the globe feel they have a role to play in solving the dilemmas the world is facing today and in improving the world through scientific discovery. This claim is made in a joint statement on “The role of Young Academies in achieving the UN SDGs”, which is published today by the Global Young Academy (GYA) and 36 national young academies and young academy initiatives, including the College of New Scholars.

Read the Statement

The statement focuses on the question of how young academies in general, and young scientists in particular, can contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how science and technology can best be harnessed towards achieving the SDGs.

The authors recommend that Young Academies should and can take on a greater role in science advice at a national, regional and global level.

They propose three main areas for young scientists’ engagement with the SDGs:

  • by offering sound policy advice and contributing interdisciplinary science advice to the SDG implementation, thereby getting recognized as an independent part of their national, regional and global policy advice systems;
  • through science communication, with Young Academies in an excellent position to bridge the divide between science and the public, and raise the understanding of the SDGs among pupils, and within civil society and the media; and
  • through capacity enhancement: training Young Scientists in the SDG processes, implementation and monitoring, as well as in leadership skills.

The statement unequivocally states that Young Academies can and should play a central role in conceptualising, developing and implementing strategies towards achieving the SDGs. The statement also calls on policy-makers and senior academies of sciences to work with the Young Academies and young scientists in their regions and to come together and work jointly towards a “global science” driving sustainability.

The statement is a direct outcome of the Third Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies in July 2017, hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa, by the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), and co-organised by the GYA, which also demonstrates the dynamic nature of the ever-growing young academy network.

Notes from Happy Valley-Goose Bay: The College goes north

“It’s attitude not latitude that counts”

-saying that reaffirms a Northern identity

From June 19-21, 2017 five members of the College of New scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada participated in a Labrador Learning Tour organized by College member Ashlee Cunsolo, Director of the Labrador Institute of Memorial University: Cynthia Milton (President), Elke Winter and Sean McGrath (College Council members), Bing Chen and David Hornidge, as well as College Manager Russel MacDonald. Together we covered the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. These notes are from the meetings we had with different forms of local government, organisations and citizens.

The College had two primary questions or objectives in going to Happy Valley-Goose Bay:

  1. The first was to learn and hear about the different challenges facing remote Canadian communities;
  2. The second was to learn other forms of knowledge production and dissemination.

In summary, for the first question, we learned a very disheartening and difficult account of the legacies of colonialism (and ongoing forms), combined with unfettered collusion between economic growth and government, combined with climate change. In Happy Valley-Goose Bay, the Muskrat Falls project throws into high relief this dynamic.

For the second objective, we learned about the importance of including in the refrain of “evidence-based knowledge” the taking into account of local knowledge as evidence that comes through experience (for instance, when communities recount salmon runs, and local corporations state their studies show otherwise). We also learned of the importance of outside researchers engaging with local community knowledge brokers in locally-inspired projects.

What the College members took away most greatly from this experience is the resilience of the people to address the challenges their communities are facing and their profound hospitality in receiving us.


June 19, 2017

Meeting with Mayor Jamie Snook

As mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Jamie Snook, explained to us on our first day, Happy Valley-Goose Bay has five bodies of government: federal, provincial, municipal, and two indigenous governments. Municipal government can have an important impact at the local level, for instance on questions of health and wellness. Mr. Snook (who is a Trudeau fellow pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Guelph) gave the example of taxation: how we tax citizens can impact people’s health. Another example: he would like to see strategic plans to include health and wellness assessments on communities and not just environmental impacts when governments accord permission to large-scale project such as pipelines or hydroelectric dams: “It is clear how much they [residents] care about the land here.” The mayor would like to see more politically neutral research being conducted that would engage with municipal government, so that “we can make better decisions at the council level.”

As we would hear over and over during our learning tour, Muskrat Falls—a megadam project just on the outskirts of Happy Valley-Goose Bay being built by the crown corporation Nalcor (a Newfoundland government project)—has brought about great socio-economic and environmental change. While gross economic measurements indicate temporary higher employment and secondary benefits to restaurants, hotels and the like, as well as infrastructural changes such as a full-time fire chief and GPS, our tour focused more on the long-term impact on and the concerns of local residents. For instance, the municipal council feels that Nalcor is not making a sufficient enough consultation with them and taking into consideration their communities needs and concerns. Community expectations are high. The cost of living has skyrocketed, particularly the cost of housing, so now there is a housing shortage in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. And the project has pitted parts of the community against each other: those who have jobs directly on the site and those that worry about the environmental impact of the megaproject on water quality, on wildlife (such as salmon) and on the safety of their homes and communities. The devastating flooding last spring of Mud Lake, a community that is hundreds of years old, where the community was evacuated in the middle of the night—is seen not as an isolated incident but as a sign of what awaits Happy Valley-Goose Bay and the surrounding area, which would have but 18 minutes to evacuate in the case of flooding from the Muskrat Falls project. As Dr. Cunsolo stated “Muskrat Falls is a model for a discussion about grief and development.”

Meeting with Nathaniel Pollock

Our meeting with Dr. Nathaniel Pollock, a researcher at the Labrador Institute, deepened our conversation of the health challenges in remote in northern regions, where colonialism, climate change and economic transformations have had a drastic effect on the well-being of residents. His research into suicide and self-harm in local communities shows that it is not a problem in all indigenous communities here, so work needs to be done in order to identify the causes and possible services. It is largely connected to questions of social inequality and food insecurity, housing and poverty, and a feeling of an unmet need to have a sense of value and to contribute. The divergent experiences of the different communities are related in part to their different historical experiences of colonialism: for instance, communities that underwent forced relocation have higher levels of suicide and self-harm.

Meeting with Nunatsiavut Government: Michele Wood, Michelle Kinney, Patricia Kemutsigak, and Tim McNeil

Some of the concerns raised about the challenges of Labrador’s communities were raised again in our meeting with the consensus-based Nunatsiavut Government. They spoke of how climate change has led to food insecurity (with some fly-in only communities suffering up to 85% food insecurity in their community). With the melting of the ice, there is less caribou, “our main food source,” which they have tried to replace with seal meat. They also need housing. They see their youth as particularly resilient, and they have a scholarship program.

The Nunatsiavut Government was clear and eloquent in their response to our question about knowledge production and dissemination. They suffer from “research fatigue”: people coming from away, researching, and never bringing back the findings. “We don’t have time for thought experiments, we need research that addresses our immediate, urgent needs.” They have designed their own ethics approval form to help foster research meaningful to local communities: 1. So that in collaboration they can agree upon questions; 2. So that researchers understand that things may progress slowly, in a non-linear way, and that they need to listen; 3. So that researchers may build a relationship with the community as a whole, and not just with the elders, and to make sure that the research responds to community needs and priorities.

June 20, 2017

Meeting with NunatuKavut Community Council: Darlene Wall and Amy Hudson

NunatuKavut Community, unlike the Nunatsiavut Government, is still in the process of land claims settlement. They are a series of communities in the southern coastal reaches of Labrador, where there has been historically greater contact with primarily fisherman. (The South Coast has some 8,000 residents including the population of NunatuKavut beneficiaries). They spoke of similar challenges to northern communities of isolation, climate change and food insecurity. They also spoke of the need for collaboration-based research and locally-driven research agendas.

Healthy Waters Labrador with Marina Biasutti Brown

This was a land-based tour that focused on recuperation and restoration of Birch Island as a bird sanctuary. It is close to the former US base, now run by the Canadian Armed Forces. We learned of the burial of fuels and toxic matter upon the US departure of the site. The changing water levels due to the Churchill Falls and climate change are seen here in changing water flow patterns. Trees felled from the Muskrat Falls project were salvaged and shaved into beautiful fencing.

Visit to Labrador Institute Centre in North West River – 25 km from Happy Valley-Goose Bay

What would a northern-lead research project look like? The Labrador Institute has state of the art science facilities. At present a Harvard-university water testing was done here as well as testing of soil samples, and archeological research.

Meeting with the Labrador Friendship Centre – Jaimie Jackman and Jennifer Hefler-Elson

The Labrador Friendship Centre is part of a cross-Canada network (119 centres) that provide programs and facilities to local residents. The Labrador Friendship Centre offers 28 different services for people ranging from a food bank, homeless shelter, classes, and programs. Eighty-one per cent of the people engaged through the Labrador Friendship are Inuit, First Nations or Metis. The Women’s Circle of the Labrador Friendship Centre made a quilt to the different groups of indigenous women who have disappeared, and a men’s circle has formed to discuss domestic abuse. There is also a Family’s Circle. The Labrador Friendship Centre is run through donations, largely supported by local generosity. They would like to continue to develop new services, such as having an assistant to coach and accompany residents in judicial proceedings (a need which has become greater in response to Muskrat Falls project). One of the indicators of the success of the Labrador Friendship Centre was the wonderful event they held on National Aboriginal Day, June 21st, where families came, musicians jammed and sang, and children played. Personnel from the Armed Forces base served locally made seal meat, rabbit stew, and traditional breads (as well as hamburgers and hot dogs!). On raffle was a beautiful white komatik made by the Men’s Circle of the Labrador Friendship Centre.

June 21, 2017

The morning was spent on an Archaeological Walking Tour with Dr. Scott Neilsen of the Labrador Institute. We returned to Birch Island where he showed us how to identify earlier residency patterns (rusty coke cans and sunken storage pits) as well as about earlier Inuit settlements, originally migrating here to work on the US Army Base. We then went to the wonderful and well-curated Labrador Interpretation Centre in North West River (Sheshatshiu) where he spoke to us of Intuit culture and peoples, settlers, and the deep history of the region.

Later that day we went to the provincial court house to listen to the proceedings against members of the Labrador Land Protectors, a group that brings together different indigenous groups and non-indigenous residents in their common cause to protect the land, wildlife, water and health of the region. Most of those present faced charges of “mischief” and some have even gone to jail. While Nalcor had a crown prosecutor, most of those accused sought free legal aid. The judge tried to keep spirits calm in the room; he tried to respect individual’s calendars so as not to set court dates at the same time as the salmon run; and he provided for them a list of readings on protest and the law in Canada.

Once the court session came to a close, some of those present turned around and drove back out to the gates of the Muskrat Falls project. There they spoke to us of their fears, their frustration, and their resolve to keep defending this cause. After a while, we all left to go celebrate “National Aboriginal Day.” The irony of their day, while seemingly drastic to some of us College members—from court to protest (both interpreted by locals as “outsiders” or as on-going colonialism) to then a joyous celebration at the festivities of the government-declared “National Aboriginal Day”—seemed to be taken in stride by those who just jumped from one to the next in a span of hours.


What the College learned from this tour is difficult to summarize. For many of us, what we experienced was felt as transformative: for some members, the learning tour rekindled a sense of the need to engage with social justice; for others it would push their teaching in new directions; for others, it renewed a sense of urgency to combine research with local needs. For all of us, we were astounded by the immediacy of the challenges facing some Canadian communities. That there should be such high levels of food insecurity, of mental health issues, of housing shortage, all the while new electricity is being produced and new technological advances, raised our concern about the failure of academia to adequately bring these issues to the larger Canadian public in the south. They know of these issues in the north, but how to make others understand? What we take away most from this learning tour is the need to listen and to research in collaboration. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo, the three indigenous groups, residents, researchers, and the Labrador Land Protectors for the generosity of their time, their hospitality and their sharing of knowledge.

Reem Bahdi to receive Guthrie Award

The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce that the 2017 Guthrie Award will be presented to Reem Bahdi. The Guthrie Award is the Foundation’s signature award to recognize exceptional access to justice champions.

Professor Bahdi is an author, researcher, and human rights expert, with particular expertise in the human rights of Arabs and Muslims in Canada. She was the Canadian Bar Association’s first Equality Advisor and was instrumental in the creation of the Arab Canadian Lawyers Association.

“Professor Bahdi has seized the opportunity to work on complex and cutting edge access to justice issues,” says Linda Rothstein, the Foundation’s Board Chair. “She has dedicated her life to changing hearts, minds, and systems to champion human rights. And, remarkably, it seems she is just getting started.”

Canada’s first tenured Palestinian-Canadian law professor, Professor Bahdi is an associate professor at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law and a visiting professor at Birzeit University’s graduate program in democracy and human rights in the West Bank. She helped introduce a mandatory access to justice course at Windsor Law in 2003 and served as the law school’s Associate Dean from 2012 to 2015.

“Professor Bahdi is an exceptional member of our Faculty of Law, and she is engaging our country in vitally important conversations,” says Alan Wildeman, the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor and the individual who nominated Professor Bahdi for the award. “She has lived and breathed access to justice, and is a role model to students, scholars, and the profession.”

Professor Bahdi’s own research focuses on the human rights of Arabs and Muslims after 9/11 and Palestinian judicial education.

She has served as an expert witness, often on a pro bono basis, in many legal proceedings involving Canadian-Muslim rights and national security, including the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar.

From 2005 to 2012, Professor Bahdi established and managed an international development project called Karamah, which means ‘dignity’ in Arabic. Primarily funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, Karamah promoted human dignity in the administration of justice in the West Bank and developed a model for judicial education to advance human rights.

Professor Bahdi has authored or co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, reports, and conference papers, which have been cited extensively and helped inform policy discussions in Canada and abroad. In 2015, she was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Looking to the future, Professor Bahdi has several new research initiatives in development. These include:

  • A community-based study, funded by The Law Foundation of Ontario, with the Arab Canadian Lawyers Association about the perceptions and needs of the Arab community in Ontario as it relates to access to justice
  • The finalization of two scholarly papers about Canadian human rights tribunals and access to justice since 9/11 that include a review of over 250 decisions involving Arabs and Muslims in Canada
  • A collaborative College of New Scholars project with College Member Laura Loewen, Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano/Vocal Coach at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba to teach empathy to law students through music

The Guthrie Award will be formally presented to Professor Bahdi at a reception later this year.

The Guthrie Award has added significance this year as 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the first time the award was presented. “We wanted to pause and reflect on this important milestone,” says Ms Rothstein. “The 20th anniversary gives us an opportunity to highlight the important work that has been done over the past 20 years and the work that still needs to be done to improve access to justice 20 years from today.”

Quotes from the supporters of Professor Reem Bahdi’s Guthrie Award nomination

“Whether serving as a resource to members of her community or supporting racialized law students in need of role models, Reem has for more than 15 years advanced the cause of access to justice locally and around the world, from the classroom to the courtroom. Reem Bahdi is eminently deserving of recognition for her tireless service to the cause of access to justice.”

– Faisal Bhabha, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

“Professor Bahdi has a significant proven track record of furthering access to justice in Canada. She has achieved this work with integrity, compassion and intelligence. She is extremely humble and diligently works to further access to justice without seeking the attention and recognition that she deserves.”

– Zahra Binbrek, legal counsel, Human Rights Legal Support Centre and an executive member of the Arab Canadian Lawyers Association

“Reem is fully committed to the implementation of human rights, whether in a classroom teaching access to justice, as an expert witness in a racial profiling case, or whilst overseas working on the Karamah project with the judiciary. She has devoted her career to exposing the universality and transformative nature of human rights with a view to defending the rights of marginalized groups.”

– Leilani Farha, Executive Director of Canada Without Poverty and UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing

“Reem is a leading expert in Canada’s national security’s laws and their impact on the human rights and civil rights of Canadians and non-citizens… In post 9/11 Canada… it was empowering for the community to have someone of Reem’s calibre to analyze and provide critical analysis of these laws and to explain in lay terms why they were problematic. This information gave the community knowledge and confidence to undertake various campaigns to raise awareness and mobilize to challenge these laws.

– Dania Majid, lawyer, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario and founder and president of the Arab Canadian Lawyers Association

“Professor Bahdi pushed me and others to critically examine complex social issues; taught me and others to discern when procedural, substantive, or symbolic barriers to access to justice present themselves; and challenged us to think through the range of advocacy strategies to combat such barriers, whether such strategies would unfold inside or outside of a courtroom. In the end, I am undoubtedly a much more capable lawyer because of all this.”

– Justin Reid, Former Counsel to the Independent Police Oversight Review

“Even at Windsor Law, where access to justice (A2J) is our primary institutional theme, Professor Bahdi stands out as a leading light. Her contributions to legal education are multi-faceted. From innovative teaching to mentoring, and from cutting-edge research to equity-led administrative service, Professor Bahdi has been in the forefront of not only interrogating A2J on a theoretical plain, but in making our institutional theme a lived one for faculty, staff, and students.”

– Christopher Waters, Dean and Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor Ontario

About the Guthrie Award

The Foundation created the Guthrie Award in 1996 to honour H. Donald Guthrie, Q.C., a long-time member and Chair of the Foundation’s Board. The Foundation welcomes and encourages nominations of individuals who have a significant and proven track record of furthering access to justice. Guthrie recipients have built bridges between youth and the justice system, advanced justice for Indigenous peoples, served women experiencing violence, and strengthened the community clinic system to assist people with low-incomes. Previous recipients include: Kimberly Murray, Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Aboriginal Justice and former Executive Director, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada; Stephen Goudge, former Ontario Court of Appeal; the Hon. Roy McMurtry, former Attorney General and Chief Justice of Ontario; Alan Borovoy, former general counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association; and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.

This article was originally published by the Law Foundation of Ontario.

L’empathie est à l’origine de tout changement concret mais cela ne suffit pas

Selon les panélistes présents à la conférence du Congrès intitulée « En terre autochtone : empathie et justice sociale », la mise en place et les résultats de la Commission de témoignage et réconciliation du Canada n’est que la première étape incomplète de réduction des injustices qui tourmentent le Canada d’hier et d’aujourd’hui.

Pour la Professeure Joanna Quinn (Western University), la réconciliation est l’intersection de l’empathie et de la justice et la découverte ou la redécouverte de faits relatifs aux abus flagrants des droits de la personne. Néanmoins, des exemples passés démontrent que les sociétés qui se sont relevées de tels traumatismes n’ont pas immédiatement mis sur pied des commissions de vérité mais sont habituellement réticentes, voire ouvertement hostiles, à de tels processus. Comment la population peut-elle alors être sensibilisée au dévoilement de ces vérités et aux souffrances des autres? Selon Quinn, le « terreau » d’une société post-conflictuelle doit être « réformé » pour laisser place à la réconciliation et à une justice de transition grâce à ce qu’elle appelle la « légère sympathie » pour autrui : une compréhension basique de la manière dont les autres vivent, de ce qui leur est arrivé et une simple reconnaissance de leur humanité. Néanmoins, la légère sympathie n’est que l’avant-garde de la compréhension, le mouvement initial qui générera la « sympathie profonde » et finalement l’empathie. Le processus de réconciliation requiert au minimum une légère sympathie de nos élus et, sans une combinaison d’empathie chez nos leaders et de sympathie légère au sein de la majorité de la population, la réconciliation ne sera pas au rendez-vous.

As an Indigenous academic and a constitutional scholar, Professor Kiera Ladner (University of Manitoba) brought unique and deep insight to the panel. She pointed out that reconciliation needs to move beyond empathy to concrete action. While current reconciliation programs in countries like Canada and Australia—where Ladner has worked for the last seven years on constitutional reform—focus on relatively narrow elements of endemic injustice, these efforts need to be refocused on the issues that really matter to Indigenous peoples: land, sovereignty and self-determination. According to Ladner, Indigenous peoples don’t want “one big hug” as part of a nation building process. Instead, the very notion of the “Aboriginal problem” needs to be flipped on its head: it is not an issue of Indigenous peoples needing to reconcile with Canada, but an issue of non-Indigenous Canadians needing to learn our nation’s true history and find out what it means to live on Indigenous lands. All Canadians need a greater understanding of Indigenous law and what it means to live under treaty law and as a treaty people.

En tant qu’universitaire autochtone et spécialiste du droit constitutionnel, la Professeure Kiera Ladner (University of Manitoba) a livré une vision unique et approfondie aux membres du panel. Elle a souligné le fait que la réconciliation devait passer outre l’empathie pour aboutir à des actions concrètes. Tandis que les programmes de réconciliation actuels des pays tels que le Canada et l’Australie – où Ladner a travaillé ces sept dernières années sur la réforme constitutionnelle – mettent l’accent sur des éléments relativement étroits de l’injustice endémique, ces efforts devraient se concentrer davantage sur des questions qui importent réellement aux Autochtones : le sol, la souveraineté et l’auto-détermination. Selon Ladner, le peuple autochtone ne veut pas d’ « un gros câlin » dans le processus de construction de la nation. Toute la question aborigène doit être retournée : le problème n’est pas que les peuples autochtones doivent se réconcilier avec le Canada mais que les Canadiens non-autochtones apprennent la vraie histoire de notre nation et découvrent la signification de la vie sur des terres autochtones. Tous les Canadiens doivent comprendre davantage le droit autochtone, le droit des traités et la vie en tant que personne visée par ces traités.

Le sociologue et Professeur Fuyuki Kurasawa (York University) a proposé une taxonomie de trois missions menant à la réconciliation: souvenir et commémoration, acceptation et prise en charge des responsabilités, justice en tant que processus de décolonisation. Il a également souligné le fait que le processus de réconciliation au Canada était collectivement asymétrique. Les Canadiens non-autochtones ne peuvent pas déterminer si la réconciliation est devenue réalité ou en exiger son acceptation par les Autochtones : ce droit doit être cédé aux victimes d’injustice et de violence systémiques. Il a fait remarquer que la réconciliation était un processus relationnel continu qui peut toujours échouer et qu’aucune demi-mesure ou raccourci n’était permis.

Les trois panélistes ont souligné que la compréhension et l’éducation étaient d’importantes premières étapes vers la voie de la réconciliation et de la réforme mais qu’elles ne restaient que des premières étapes. Le vrai changement ne peut se produire que si la justice engendre des mesures concrètes.

Les Professeurs Joanna Quinn, Kiera Ladner et Fuyuki Kurasawa ont participé à une conférence intitulée « En terre autochtone : empathie et justice sociale » au Congrès 2017 à la Ryerson University, organisée par le Collège de nouveaux chercheurs, créateurs en art et en science de la Société royale du Canada.

Cet article a été rédigé par Caleb Snider et publié à l’origine sur le blogue de la Fédération des sciences humaines.

Nominations présidentielles du Collège

Le Collège a le plaisir d’annoncer l’ouverture de la période durant laquelle les candidatures seront sollicitées pour le/la prochain(e) président(e) de la Collège de nouveaux chercheurs. Cette personne deviendra le président élu durant l’Excellence à l’honneur (anciennement AGA) à Winnipeg en novembre. Ils débuteront donc leur mandat de deux ans comme président à la Célébration d’excellence de 2018.

En ce qui concerne la nomination, il suffira de fournir un court exposé (un ou deux paragraphes) sur les aptitudes du/de la candidat(e) que vous proposez. Les critères d’éligibilité sont les suivants: vision stratégique pour l’avenir, bilinguisme, entregent interdisciplinaire, expérience de gestion, disponibilité suffisante pour remplir les exigences de la fonction, engagement marqué et volonté de participer à des initiatives de financement.

La candidature devra être soumise à Russel MacDonald, le 12 juin au plus tard.

Les candidates et candidats éventuels seront informés de leur mise en nomination. Advenant leur acceptation, ils devront faire parvenir un court exposé (maximum de deux pages) sur leurs compétences pour ce poste, leur vision et leurs projets pour la Société, accompagné par un courte biographie et un CV. Les documents devra être acheminé le 26 juin au plus tard.

La période de vote commencera en été.

Goose Bay (Labrador)

Compte tenu du fait qu’un des objectifs du Collège d’apprendre et d’emprunter à différents modes de production du savoir et de diffusion à travers le pays, ainsi que les différents défis auxquels les communautés canadiennes font face aujourd’hui, le Collège a l’intention de tenir une réunion par année dans des régions plus petites et plus difficiles d’accès. La membre du Collège Prof Ashlee Cunsolo, Directrice du Labrador Institute of Memorial University, nous a invité à visiter l’institut à Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. Durant notre séjour, le Collège planifie de rencontrer les trois nations autochtones, le Centre d’amitié du Labrador et d’autres collègues du Labrador Institute, entre autres. Les dates sont du 18 au 22 juin (jours de voyage inclus), et un certain soutien financier est disponible pour les dépenses sur place. L’hébergement est limité, pour plus d’information ou pour signifier votre intérêt pour ce voyage, veuillez entrer en contact avec Russel MacDonald.

La période de candidatures 2017 est terminée

La période de candidatures 2017 est terminée et 242 propositions ont été reçues, provenant de 44 institutions  dans chacun des 10 provinces. Merci à tous ceux qui ont soumis une candidature. Le processus de révision est maintenant enclenché et jusqu’à 80 candidats seront sélectionnés pour la cohorte de 2017. Les candidats choisis seront contactés en juin/juillet et l’annonce publique se fera  en septembre.

Réunion à Montréal

La première réunion des membres du Collège en 2017 a eu lieu les 20 et 21 février à Montréal. Les discussions ont porté sur un certain nombre de projets du Collège, dont les 150 ans du Canada, les Voix du Collège, la réunion de Yellowknife, le carnet sur l’actualité The Conversation, et sur d’autres activités. La réunion a été couronnée par une discussion avec Darren Gilmour, directeur général de la SRC, au sujet de la prochaine planification stratégique de la Société. Lire le compte rendu de la réunion.