York University will be hosting many events throughout 2017 as we mark Canada's 150th birthday. Full details for each event will be released in the upcoming weeks. Come and join us.
Lead Project: Sue Winton
With “Life in the University: Past, Present and Future” as an organizing theme, we are planning a series of events in recognition of Canada 150. The events address the Government of Canada’s overarching Canada 150 theme of “Strong, Proud and Free” (Government of Canada, 2016) by recognizing the strengths and contributions of Canada’s universities. For example, Canadian universities are significant drivers of our country’s economic prosperity and account for 40% of Canada’s research and development (Universities Canada, n.d.). At the same time, the series recognizes challenges, past and present, faced by people inside and outside of the university, including issues of access, debates over purposes of higher education, and changing work conditions. All the events will include time to discuss and imagine the future of the Canadian university.
Project Lead: Sean Kheraj
“What Did Confederation Accomplish? Historical Perspectives on 150 Years of Canada” is a documentary video series that explores the achievements and consequences of Confederation over the past 150 years from multiple perspectives. Featuring interviews with expert scholars in the fields of Canadian history and Canadian Studies from York University, this video series explores the effects of Confederation in five broad themes: Indigenous peoples, environment, labour, French Canada, and women. This unique approach to thinking about the long-term consequences of the creation of the Dominion of Canada will expose viewers to a diverse set of views and understandings of Canada’s past.
Project Lead: Christopher Lortie
Open science is common in Canada. York University is already an established leader in this domain including R code, data, teaching, and inclusivity. A series of monthly podcasts culminating in a presentation at the UseR Open Science conference will be developed.
Project Leads: Rebecca Pillai Riddell & Jock Phippen
In Canada, high school youth science fairs attract the brightest students from a region who want to compete at the Canada Wide Science Fair. Last year, York University hosted the York Region Science and Technology Fair (YRSTF). Gathering together 120 elite budding scientists and their families, York’s exciting interdisciplinary approach to the sciences was showcased through interactive lectures and demonstrations from faculty and students associated with almost every York Faculty. In honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial, we would like to host a speaker’s panel to open the 2017 YRSTF@York that involves one external high profile speaker and four-six York scientists. The working title for the panel is: Science on Ice: Transdisciplinary Scientific Perspectives on the North.
Project Lead: Stacey Bliss and Josefina Rueter
Event date/time: April 6-7, 2017
Event location: Victor Dahdahleh Building, York University
Graduate students are vital as researchers, innovators, teachers, community members, and mentors. In recognition of the important voice of graduate students and Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, we are hosting (the inaugural) interdisciplinary and intersectional congress-style graduate student research conference. The themes of the conference align with Canada150 to critically discuss – Diversity and Inclusion, Indigenous Peoples, Youth, and Environment. This conference will provide graduate students with the opportunity to share research, knowledge, and resources; create networks of collaboration; and participate in development opportunities.
Project Leads: Leslie Sanders & Philip Kelly
Unity in Diversity: Fusion of Communities in Canada” is designed to carry out academic outreach to complement a large-scale Canadian Heritage Canada 150 project in school boards in Toronto. To add content to the inclusive classroom activities, artists and writers workshops and curriculum preparation in the school boards, the York activities will focus on two major minority communities: Asian Canadians and African Canadians. These activities include: 1) a high school outreach and education roundtable event titled “Exploring Transnational Tamil Identity in Canada’s Past and Present”; 2) a workshop/performance/exhibition entitled “Considering Black Canada: Sighting and Site-ing”; and 3) Multiple workshops/performances/exhibitions entitled “Unity in Diversity: Fusion of Communities”.
Project Leads: Julie Rahmer and Marc Wilchesky
Event date/time: Tuesday, April 25, 10am - 3pm
Event location: 152 Founders College (Founders Assembly Hall)
The Career Success Symposium 2017 for Students with Disabilities is an innovative symposium with the goal of inspiring and empowering York University students and recent graduates with disabilities by providing them with opportunities to hear success stories from professionals with disabilities and to build relationships with community partners and employers interested in the value that students with disabilities bring to organizations, communities, and to the innovation that drives Canada’s future.
Project Leads: Maggie Quirt & Tania Das Gupta
And Social Justice for All: Indigenous Youth, Indigenous Voices is a one-day symposium for high school students, York students, and community members in the Greater Toronto Area scheduled for April 26, 2017. Showcasing the creative accomplishments and critical output of diverse young Indigenous voices across the country, this symposium will encourage conversation and collaboration among individuals living across and through colonial, occupied, and re-claimed territories in the land now known as Canada.
Project Lead: Tom Scott & Kalina Grewal
Event date/time: April 28, 10 am - 2:30 pm
Event location: Collaboratory, 2nd Floor Scott Library
In this one-day event, the Scott Library will host York academics, secondary school teachers and students, and members of the local community with the purpose of raising awareness, fostering dialogue and engaging with library resources on the theme of “Indian” residential schools and their legacy for First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples in Canada. In the morning, Professor Bonita Lawrence will speak on “The Indian Residential School Settlement: Speaking Truths before "Reconciliation" and Professor Celia Haig-Brown will speak on "Awareness, Acknowledgement, Atonement and Action: moving to reconciliation.” In the afternoon, students and teachers will engage with specialized library resources to shed further light on this painful chapter in Canada’s history.
Project Lead: Stacy Allison-Cassin
Wikipedia is an information “first stop” for many Canadians, yet Canadian content is relatively underrepresented. This is especially problematic when looking at the coverage of topics on music in Canada in Wikipedia and compounded for underrepresented areas related to factors such as gender and racialized minorities. The “Music and Belonging in Canada at 150 Wikipedia edit-a-thon” is a multifaceted project which pairs the professional skills of librarians and archivists with local music communities to improve the amount and quality of the content about Canadian music in Wikipedia, thereby increasing the accessibility to music heritage of all Canadians.