Unreserved is the radio space for Indigenous community, culture, and conversation on CBC Radio (Canada). Host Rosanna Deerchild takes you straight into Indigenous Canada, from Halifax to Haida Gwaii, from Shamattawa to Ottawa, introducing listeners to the storytellers, culture makers and community shakers from across the country.
Exploring the Complicated world of Cultural Identity looks at cultural identity and how Indigenous people see themselves in a world that wants to paint them all with one brush. Identity, of course, is a complicated and touchy issue in a lot of communities in Canada, as elsewhere.
A full list of podcasts is here.
It’s not part of Unreserved, but a brief video by CBC Radio is also interesting: What’s in a Name? From “Redskin” to Indigenous takes a look at what Indigenous Peoples have been called and what they call themselves.
Wilson, Kory. (2018).Pulling together: A guide for Indigenization of post-secondary institutions. BCcampus’ Indigenization Professional Learning Series.
“The Foundations Guide is part of an open professional learning series developed for staff across post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. Guides in the series include: Foundations; Leaders and Administrators; Curriculum Developers; Teachers and Instructors; Front-line Staff, Student Services, and Advisors; and Researchers.. These guides are the result of the Indigenization Project, a collaboration between BCcampus and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The project was supported by a steering committee of Indigenous education leaders from BC universities, colleges, and institutes, the First Nations Education Steering Committee, the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association, and Métis Nation BC.
These guides are intended to support the systemic change occurring across post-secondary institutions through Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation. A guiding principle from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada process states why this change is happening.
Reconciliation requires constructive action on addressing the ongoing legacies of colonialism that have had destructive impacts on Aboriginal peoples’ education, cultures and languages, health, child welfare, the administration of justice, and economic opportunities and prosperity. (2015, p. 3)
(From the Overview)
This series is one result of the BCcampus’ Indigenization Project.
Call for Proposals: Media and Communication in South Asia and Its Diaspora Worldwide, South Asia Communication Association, Toronto, Canada, August 7-10, 2019. Deadline: May 22, 2019.
As part of the 2019 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass communication (AEJMC) conference theme “Investing in Our Futures,” the South Asia Communication Association (SACA) will host an interactive paper session at the convention in Toronto. Present your research on media and communication in South Asia or its diaspora worldwide. A committee of renowned scholars will review submissions. Since SACA is an institutional initiative of AEJMC, this session will be featured in the official program of the AEJMC annual conference.
Call for proposals: Local Alignments, Global Upheaval: Re-Imagining Peace, Legitimacy, Jurisdiction and Authority, October 4-6, 2019, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Canada. Deadline: May 1, 2019.
Annual conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) & Peace and Conflict Studies – Canadian Association (PACS-Can) invites peace and justice scholars and students, community-based practitioners, experiential educators, musicians, artists, and social movement organizers to join in conversations reimagining peace through local alignments amidst global upheavals.
Calling upon the depth and breadth of the inter-disciplinary peace scholarship and conflict resolution practices reflected in the PJSA and PACS-Can membership, this conference aims to further dialogue, mobilize strategy, and catalyze new insights and practices that empower global change through interconnected local actions. Participants are encouraged to frame their contributions to the conference in ways that shed light on the dynamics of social upheavals and revolutionary social histories.
Intercultural Conversations-Conversations Interculturelles programme, Cole Foundation, Montreal, Canada. Deadline: Sept. 27, 2019.
Now in its 11th year encouraging theatrical dialogue between the various cultures in Montreal. Cole Foundation is pleased to announce the latest grant winners for the Intercultural Conversations-Conversations Interculturelles (IC-CI) programme, initiated to encourage greater understanding of Montreal’s cultural mosaic by having audiences enjoy professional plays that present stories and issues of diversity on stage. For the past ten years the Foundation has focused on intercultural and racialized theatrical conversations for their community initiatives. This has created an award-winning catalogue incorporating themes of inclusion and cultural dialogue. Adding to those, the programme has now expanded to include stories with and about other marginalized communities such as LGBTQ and people with a disability. This year$490,400 was granted, the highest amount of award money since the IC-CI programme’s launch.
Heading into the 11th year of this invaluable program, commissioning grants are more sought after than ever. “We are buoyed with the rising interest of companies creating their own Quebec narrative, one that encompasses our diverse reality,” said Cole. The plays, stronger and stronger from year to year, encompass a widespread range of cultures and the varied communities within them. Works include themes and ideas about questioning one’s community connection without knowing the language or following traditions; reconnecting with lost roots; exploring what it’s like to come from two different cultures and races; falling in love with the ‘enemy’ from another religion; the stigma of disabilities; women suffering the consequences of war; the stress of immigrant children; our accepted history of the settlement and occupation of the Canadian West; shame amongst members of marginalized communities; the current crisis in Venezuela; notions of sovereignty and nationalism; intergenerational impacts of the residential school system; and Muslim women on the path to self-determination. Performance styles include comedy, drama, multimedia, dance, spoken-word, musicals, storytelling, mask work, cabarets, staged readings and using virtual reality devices.
Grants for the next competition relate to shows starting March 1, 2020 and for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 theatre seasons. The deadline for the next competition of the award is Sept. 27, 2019. Theatre companies interested in applying for a grant will be able to download the necessary application forms and information from the Cole Foundation’s web site at: www.colefoundation.ca/community/competition-forms.
Assistant Professor in Migration & Communication, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada. Deadline: January 10, 2019 or until filled.
The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University invites applications from outstanding candidates for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Migration in relation to theories and methodologies in the field of communication. Specific areas may include, but are not limited to: Trans- and intranational displacement and migration; diasporic communities; refugees and asylum seekers; colonialism, Indigeneity and resistance; migrant labour and virtual migration; populist anti-immigrant discourses; social movements; surveillance and data; borderlands; ICT4D and mobile technologies; global networks. Approaches welcomed that include but are not limited to intersectional feminist and queer studies, critical race, political economy, cultural and media studies, policy studies, Indigenous studies, and activism. Methods welcomed address these or other issues using qualitative, quantitative, computational, digital methods or a combination of approaches.
Call for Papers: 2019 Learning at Intercultural Intersections (LII): Toward Equity, Inclusion, and Reconciliation, March 13-15, 2019, Thompson Rivers University, Canada. Deadline: November 18, 2018.
This third gathering will bring together researchers, practitioners, learners, and community to envision and explore the intersections of intercultural learning, internationalization, and Indigenization with a focus on educational approaches to equity, inclusion, and reconciliation. Proposals may take a broad view of intercultural learning or be focused on one of three thematic areas: Indigenization, internationalization, or web-based/blended intercultural learning. Examples of areas of interest are cultural and social sustainability, global development, mobility, language preservation, inclusive pedagogies, educational leadership and policy. Educators or students who wish to share ideas for future research are invited to propose a poster.
The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) World Conference: Think Forward, June 9-12, 2019, Vancouver, Canada. Deadline: October 26, 2018.
With the theme Think Forward and an eye toward the latest trends, solutions and ideas, the 2019 IABC World Conference will explore new challenges and opportunities facing the communication profession. Renowned for it’s natural beauty, rich history, diverse cultures and mild climate, Vancouver was selected as the ideal location choice for this year’s event.
Assistant Professor in Cultural Anthropology and/or Sociolinguistics, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Deadline: November 5, 2018.
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University invites applications for a Tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with specialization in Cultural Anthropology and/or Sociolinguistics. The ideal candidate will have a scholarly interest, expertise and a publication record in the area of language in its social context, for example: ethnography; intercultural communication; language contacts or creole linguistics; Indigenous heritage and language revitalization; language and social justice; language and power; writing systems. We particularly welcome applications from candidates whose research relates to any of the languages offered in the department (Anishinaabemowin, Arabic, German, Hebrew, Inuktitut, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Mohawk, Portuguese, and Spanish). The successful candidate will contribute to the new Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLCU) Major and will demonstrate expertise in cultural diversity and inter-cultural sensitivity. The successful candidate will participate in developing and teaching a fourth-year capstone course for the LLCU Major, and is expected to teach one or more existing core courses in the Linguistics program.
In order to mark World Refugee Day, the Global Centre for Pluralism (Ottawa, Canada) is hosting a Human Library on June 20, 2018.
Speakers will share their personal stories from all dimensions of the refugee experience in Canada, including private sponsorship, policymaking and settlement. Each human “book” will speak to the participants at their respective tables for approximately 10 minutes each. Guests will have the chance to hear from several different human “books” over the course of the evening. The event will include the launch of Refugee 613’s social media campaign #ShowYourWelcome and a gallery of portraits from the storytelling project Community. Everyone is welcome. This event is free of charge.
Here’s the basic description of Human Libraries from the organization’s website: “The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.” To find a Human Library near you, check the organization’s Facebook page.