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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Call for papers: Aboriginal Policy Research Network


The Institute On Governance (IOG), in collaboration with the Office of
the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians, is seeking
papers for its policy research series on issues affecting Métis,
non-status Indians and other Aboriginal peoples residing off-reserve.
Papers should be policy relevant while also meeting the standards of
university-level scholarship. The deadline for submissions is
September 30, 2009.

Details are presented in the call for papers available at the IOG website:

For your information, below is a description of two papers under the
series that will be available on the website in August 2009.

Kind regards,

Urszula Adamik

Forthcoming Papers in the APRI Policy Research Paper
Keeping the Circle Strong: Social Promotion through Community
Networking to Strengthen Off-Reserve Aboriginal Child Welfare
Judy Gillespie
University of British Columbia (Okanagan)
Dennis Whitford
Northwest Alberta Child and Family Services Authority
The overrepresentation of Aboriginal children and families within
child protection
systems is symptomatic of a larger crisis for Aboriginal people that
can be traced
back to the legacy of colonization, marginalization and oppression that
generations of Aboriginal people have endured. It has been argued that this
overrepresentation of Aboriginal children requires an approach that addresses
larger community and structural issues impacting Aboriginal child
welfare. This
paper presents the initial results of a community based participatory research
initiative aimed at understanding community oriented policy frameworks to
enhance off-reserve Aboriginal child welfare through the promotion of social
change and collective well-being. Emerging policy lessons suggest "community
networking" as a viable approach to address off-reserve Aboriginal
child welfare.
This approach requires a formal structure, grounding in Aboriginal values and
traditions, leadership and guidance from Aboriginal community members, and
values of inclusiveness and respect for cultural diversity. There is a
need for
further research to understand the outcomes of such an approach for
the welfare
of Aboriginal children and families, as well as the need for similar
research within
other contexts.
Indigenous Governance in Winnipeg and Ottawa:
Making Space for Self-Determination
Julie Tomiak
Carleton University
Despite the growth of urban Indigenous populations in Canada, the study of
political arrangements that facilitate urban Indigenous
self-government remains
neglected as an area of analysis. In this paper, I argue that, while
the recent
proliferation of collaborative relationships between governments and
organizations has provided opportunities for self-determination, these
have thus far failed to create sufficient space for Indigenous authority and
decision-making power in cities. Drawing on data from Winnipeg and Ottawa,
this paper examines how issues of jurisdiction, access, representation and
funding constrain the ability of local and regional First Nations,
Métis, Inuit and
Aboriginal organizations to deliver culturally appropriate services, build
community capacity and adequately address the social, economic, political and
cultural priorities of their communities. This failure to enhance
Indigenous selfgovernment
in urban settings continues to exacerbate the marginalization
experienced by many Indigenous people. Reframing the issues so that urban
Indigenous peoples are no longer seen as deficient and out of place,
but rather
as constituting legitimate communities and possessing inherent rights, will be
part and parcel of making space for urban Indigenous self-determination.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

CALL FOR PAPERS/APPEL À CONTRIBUTIONS: International Conference on the Liberal Arts/Conférence internationale sur les arts libéraux


International Conference on the Liberal Arts:
Looking Back & Moving Forward
The Next 100 Years of Liberal Arts – Confronting the Challenges
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2010
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Internationalization, corporatization, the impoverishment/diminishment
of government
funding, and legacies of religious involvement are among the
challenges that are having
an impact on Liberal Arts education. Such realities challenge the autonomy,
accountability and perhaps even the integrity of Liberal Arts
education. The focus of
this conference is multidisciplinary; it will be of particular
interest to faculty,
students, and universities with a strong Liberal Arts component.

The 100th Anniversary of the founding of St. Thomas University
presents an occasion to
take stock and look forward at the issues and challenges that Liberal
Arts Universities
and Colleges will encounter over the next 100 years.

Sessions will include
● scholarly papers and presentations ● keynote
speakers ●
workshops ● posters

In this first Call for Papers, Abstract submissions are invited for an
academic paper,
poster or experiential workshop. Proposals from students are welcome.
Please submit
abstracts by November 1, 2009

Submissions are invited on diverse topics related to the conference
theme, such as
1. Corporatization on campus-- a problem for the Liberal Arts?
2. Rationalization, degradation and prospects of public
funding for the Liberal Arts.
3. Students at stake-- participation, governance and the
commoditization of learning.
4. Diversity, Inclusivity and changes in the student body
5. Shaping the Liberal Arts curriculum.
6. Professional education and the Liberal Arts.
7. Ideals and realities of academic freedom in the Liberal
Arts tradition.
8. What place for the Liberal Arts in a global environment?
9. Labouring in the academy-- unionization and the Liberal
Arts campus.
10. Religious traditions-- what role on the Liberal Arts campus?
11. The place of research in the Liberal Arts
12. Fine Arts and the Liberal Arts

Proposals should include: title, type of presentation (paper, poster,
or workshop),
objectives, 60 word and 200 word abstracts, and AV requirements.
Please submit proposals
via email to Dr. John Coates Papers based on
presentations can be
submitted for inclusion in conference proceedings or submitted for
consideration for
inclusion in a special issue of a scholarly journal.

Conference information and registration is available on the soon to be
available website
…..For questions or further information, contact John Coates (
Presentations may be in English or French.



Conférence internationale sur les arts libéraux :
Retours sur le passé & visions d'avenir
"Les arts libéraux au cours des 100 prochaines années–
Faire face aux défis"
Du 30 septembre au 2 octobre 2010
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, Nouveau-Brunswick, Canada

L'internationalisation, le corporatisme, l'appauvrissement de l'investissement
gouvernemental, et l'héritage de l'implication ecclésiastique font
partie des défis ayant
un impact sur l'enseignement des arts libéraux. Ces réalités entament
l'autonomie, la
responsabilité et peut-être même l'integrité de l'enseignement des
arts libéraux. Le
point de mire de cette conférence est multidisciplinaire ; elle s'adresse
particulièrement aux membres du corps professoral, aux étudiant-e-s,
et aux universités
ayant une forte tradition dans le domaine des arts libéraux.

Le 100ème anniversaire de la fondation de St. Thomas University
représente une occasion
unique de faire le point afin de nous préparer aux questions et défis
que les universités
et collèges spécialisés dans l'enseignement des arts libéraux vont
rencontrer au cours
des cent prochaines années.

Le programme inclura :
● des présentations de travaux académiques ● des
conférenciers invités
● des ateliers ● des présentations sur affiches

Avec ce premier appel à contributions, les organisateurs invitent
toutes les personnes
intéressées à leur faire parvenir des soumissions, sous forme de
résumé, de travaux
académiques, d'affiches ou d'atelier expérientiels. Les propositions
d'étudiant-e-s sont les bienvenues. Prière de soumettre les résumés
avant le 1er novembre

Des contributions sur des sujets divers, en lien avec le thème de la
conférence, sont les
bienvenues, telles que :
1. Le corporatisme sur les campus universitaires - un
problème pour les arts libéraux ?
2. La rationalization, la dégradation et l'avenir des fonds
publics dans les arts
3. L'enjeu autour des étudiants - participation, gouvernance
et commodification de
4. La diversité, l'inclusion et la transformation du corps étudiant.
5. La mise en forme du curriculum des arts libéraux.
6. L'éducation professionnelle et les arts libéraux.
7. Les idéaux et les réalités de la liberté académique dans
la tradition des arts
8. Quelle est la place des arts libéraux dans l'environnement
mondial ?
9. Le professorat comme emploi – la syndicalisation dans les
universités d'arts libéraux.
10. Les traditions religieuses – quelles sont leurs rôles
dans les universités
d'arts libéraux ?
11. La place de la recherche dans les arts libéraux.
12. Les beaux-arts et les arts libéraux.

Les soumissions doivent inclure : le titre, le type de contribution
affiche, ou atelier), les objectifs, un résumé de 60 mots et un autre
résumé de 200 mots,
et le besoins en supports audio-visuels. Veuillez, s.-v.-p., faire
parvenir vos
soumissions par courriel au docteur John Coates ( Les
manuscripts de
présentations orales peuvent être soumis pour inclusion dans les actes
de la conférence
ou pour publication dans un numéro spécial d'une revue académique.

De plus amples informations sur la conférence, et la possibilité de
s'y inscrire en
ligne, seront bientôt disponibles lors de la mise en service du site
web. Prière
d'adresser toutes questions au docteur John Coates (
Les contributions à
la conférence sont acceptées en anglais ou en français.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Panel Discussion on Public Perceptions of the Canadian Forces : Wednesday 8th July.

A Panel Discussion on Public Perceptions of the Canadian Forces

How have the public perceptions of the military in general and the
Canadian Forces (CF) in particular changed since 9/11 and what role does
the media and popular culture play in the production of changing
perceptions? This important and timely panel will investigate the
relationship between the media and the military.
Jeff Sallot. The Road to Kandahar. In 1993 members of the Canadian Forces
tortured and killed a local teenager, Shidane Arone, during a deployment
in Somalia. The murder led to a full-blown public commission of inquiry
into what is one of the greatest scandals in the history of the Canadian
military. Their image rehabilitated, members of the Canadian Forces are
now serving proudly on a dangerous mission in Kandahar province,
Afghanistan. Jeff Sallot is The Globe?s bureau chief in Moscow, Ottawa and
Edmonton and has reported from every corner of Canada, and from more than
30 foreign countries.
Greg Nelson. Afghanada: The challenges of presenting the Canadian Military
at War. The CBC radio drama series ?Afghanada? has run for over 50
episodes, and continues this fall. Greg Nelson will talk about the
challenges of presenting military characters and stories to the public -
how the creators strove to step away from the public policy debate, and
grapple instead with what the reality is for Canadian soldiers on the
ground in Kandahar Province. Greg Nelson is the co-creator and head writer
for ?Afghanada? He is currently a writer and producer for the CBC
television series The Border.
Steve Lukits. "Their's but to do and die": Victorian Origins of Public
Sympathy for the Combat Soldier in the News and Popular Culture. The
disastrous charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War, the
journalistic commentary and report of the event, and Poet Laureate Alfred
Tennyson's poetic response combine in a paradigmatic manner to define news
coverage and mass media representation of the military. Steve Lukits is
the Head of the English Department at the Royal Military College of
Canada. He also teaches courses in war literature and the news media and
the military.
Wendy Cukier, Associate Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management. Wendy
is an internationally recognized expert in armed violence and is coauthor
of The Global Gun Epidemic (2006). She has served on a number of national
and international advisory committees and most recently was a member of
Canada?s Commission on Small Arms. In 2000, the University of Toronto
named Wendy as one of the ?100 Alumni who shaped the century?.
LCdr John Williston, Senior Advisor, Strategic Planning, to the Assistant
Deputy Minister Public Affairs, Department of National Defence
Christopher Dornan. Unknown Soldiers: The Relative Absence of the Military
in Canadian Popular Culture. In contrast to the US, where the armed forces
are a prominent subject for prime-time television and feature films,
Canadian popular culture all but ignores the military as a dramatic trope.
Why should this be so? What does it tell us about the place of the armed
forces in the Canadian imagination? What consequences might ensue?
Christopher Dornan teaches at Carleton University, where he is Associate
Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs, Director of the Arthur Kroeger
College of Public Affairs, and an associate professor in the School of
Journalism and Communication.
6.00- 8.00pm Wednesday 8 July 2009
Toronto Downtown Marriot Hotel, Eaton Centre,
(from more details see

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