Heart gardens honour those lost to residential schools
Sherri Vansickle and her students went on a planting spree recently.
Vansickle, a lecturer in the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education, her two classes, and members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 4207 staked 900 colourful foam hearts amongst the ornamental grasses, shrubs and flowers filling gardens throughout the Brock campus.
But more than a splash of colour to spruce up University grounds, the hearts decorated with sparkles, ribbons and personal messages honoured children lost to Canada’s Indian residential school system between the 1840s when the first school opened and 1996 when the last one closed.
Trio of awards for dramatic arts professor
It has been a busy spring for Joe Norris.
In the midst of packing up his office to transfer to the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, the dramatic arts professor added three newly acquired items to take with him: two awards from the American Educational Research Association and one from Brock University.
Norris and Richard D. Sawyer from Washington State University captured the association’s Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology Award.
They were recognized for their book, Understanding Qualitative Research: Duoethnography, which Norris and Sawyer co-wrote. The book details the duo’s new research methodology called “duoethnography.”
Brock-led arts documentary captures top prizes in international film competition
When young people are given the chance to tell their own stories in their own ways, amazing things can happen.
They produce plays that are both entertaining and informative. They deepen understanding of racism, bullying and other issues with which society grapples.
And they win international awards that affirm their creative ideas and work.
Such is the case with Commotion, a documentary arising out of a project of the same name that Department of Dramatic Arts associate professor Gyllian Raby and Carousel Players artistic director Pablo Felices Luna created three years ago in partnership with community groups.
Teens’ push against dress codes could be a sign of social shift, expert says
Waterloo Region Record
By Michelle McQuigge
TORONTO — Students may have been rebelling against school-imposed dress codes for decades, but observers say the fact that those protests are now making national headlines suggests a fundamental shift in social attitudes.
Social media has allowed students both to share their own experiences with a wider audience and read about similar occurrences from further afield.
The result, experts say, is that individual incidents become part of an ongoing, global conversation about complex issues such as freedom of expression, cultural identity and sexual consent.
Honouring Memories: The Heart Garden
The Heart Garden decorations around our campus are to honour the children lost to the Indian Residential School System and their families. The Honouring Memories: Planting Dreams project is an initiative with the First Nations Child and Caring Society of Canada, led by Dr. Cindy Blackstock. Watch this video of Dr. Blackstock describing the Heart Gardens.
Hearts will be displayed around campus from May 31 to June 6, 2015.
This initiative is sponsored by: CUPE 4207 – Indigenous Solidarity Committee, Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education, and the Social Justice Research Institute
Video credit: Jodielynn Harrison
Updates for the Insight Grants (IG) October 2015 competition:
1. Elimination of the Notice of Intent (NOI)
2. Submission of IG applications through the Research portal
3. CCV required for applicants and co-applicants
4. No CV required for collaborators
5. New participant module
6. Creation of a multidisciplinary committee within each research group when the number of applications makes it possible. The applicant will need to click the « multidisciplinary evaluation » box.
1. Reduction of the maximum grant to $400K
2. Reduction of the annual maximum to $100K
3. Clearer directives to adjudication committee members regarding their role in scrutinizing grant budgets
4. Implementation of a committee budget envelope to encourage greater scrutiny.
Please direct questions to SSHRC at: Email: email@example.com or Tel.: 613-996-6976
Indigenous Writing Retreat at Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community
Fonda, New York
July 27 – 31, 2015
Registration open to Indigenous Graduate Students & Writers!
Kanatsiohareke is offering a week-long opportunity to spend quality time on writing for a dissertation, thesis, academic paper, report, proposals, articles, journals, or other works, at their quiet, secluded Mohawk community in the Mohawk Valley in upstate New York.
￼12th Annual Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference
Call for Abstracts
The 12th Annual Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference is pleased to announce a call for abstracts. We would like to invite you to submit an abstract for consideration. The length of abstracts should be no more than 3,000 characters. The abstract must identify objectives to be achieved in the session. Abstracts that do not contain objectives will not be considered. Please make your abstract clear, interesting, with valuable information because abstracts will be printed in the conference packet for attendees to make decisions on which sessions to attend.