TRC Joint Session on Calls for Action – May 30, 2016

Call for “Position Statements”

On May 30, 2016 from 6:15 – 9:00 p.m., ACLA/CAAL, the CLA and SSHRC will hold a joint session on the language-related Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission ().

The purpose of this session is to begin a discussion on how applied linguists, linguists, Indigenous colleagues, SSHRC, and Canada’s post-secondary institutions can work together to address the  Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

We invite proposals for 10-minute position statements on Call to Action 16 and/or 65 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which are:

Call to Action 16: “We call upon post-secondary institutions to create university and college degree and diploma programs in Aboriginal languages.”

Call to Action 65: “We call upon the federal government, through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, post-secondary institutions and educators, and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and its partner institutions, to establish a national research program with multi-year funding to advance understanding of reconciliation.”

We invite proposals from (i) Indigenous scholar(s) working in a post-secondary context, or (ii) post-secondary scholars(s) and Indigenous partner(s) in collaboration.

ABSTRACT REQUIREMENTS

  1. Abstracts may be no longer than one (1) page, (21.6 x 27.9 cm / 8 1/2 x 11 in), single-spaced in 12-point font with 1-inch (2.54 cm) margins, excluding references.
  2. a) A complete list of references cited in the abstract must also be submitted, although if on an additional page it will not be included in the program booklet.
    b) To help ensure anonymity, abstracts should not contain excessive references to the authors’ publications and should not contain acknowledgements to granting agencies.
  3. Abstracts should contain
    a) a title
    b) a clear and explicit description of the content of your 10-minute position statement;
  4. Authors should identify themselves only on the abstract submission form — abstracts must be anonymous.
  5. Members are limited to one individual or one joint abstract submission.

Abstracts are to be submitted electronically as PDF files through EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=trc2016. If you use phonetic transcriptions or any other special symbols, ensure that necessary fonts are embedded.

Deadline: March 21, 2016

WEB SITE: For further information, please visit our website at http://cla-acl.ca or https://www.aclacaal.org/.
CONFERENCE FEES: In addition to the ACLA or CLA membership fees, all accepted presenters must pay the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences fees. Please see http://www.ideas-idees.ca/ for details.

On behalf of the organizing committee:

  • Dr. Carrie Dyck, Associate Dean of Arts (Research and Grad Studies), and Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, Memorial University; SSHRC Leader on behalf of Memorial University.
  • Dr. John O’Meara, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University; SSHRC Leader on behalf of Lakehead University.
  • Dr. Patricia Shaw, Founding Chair, First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, Faculty of Arts, UBC; Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia.

 

Background

The purpose of this session is to begin a discussion on how applied linguists, linguists, Indigenous colleagues, SSHRC, and Canada’s post-secondary institutions can work together to address the  Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. The Calls to Action to be discussed are:

Call to Action 16: “We call upon post-secondary institutions to create university and college degree and diploma programs in Aboriginal languages.”

Call to Action 65: “We call upon the federal government, through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, post-secondary institutions and educators, and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and its partner institutions, to establish a national research program with multi-year funding to advance understanding of reconciliation.”

Format of the May 30, 2016 ACLA/CLA/SSHRC Session

An Elder will open and close this session.

  1. A half-hour presentation by SSHRC, on Call to Action 65

Having sent some basic information before the meeting, SSHRC will open with a synopsis of SSHRC’s interests, in three parts: (i) SSHRC initiatives on provisions to support Aboriginal research and talent; (ii) the upcoming SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grants about Aboriginal peoples; and (iii) SSHRC’s work in relation to an implementation plan for Call to Action 65.

  1. A one-hour session, with presentation of approximately six position statements, on Call to Action 16 and/or 65

This is the occasion for the present call. We invite proposals for 10-minute position statements on Call to Action 16 and/or 65 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

  1. A one- to one-and-a-half- hour open discussion on Call to Action 16 and 65

The organizers moderate the ensuing discussion. The purpose of this part of the session is to outline several strategic, key actions to be implemented in the next year, and to identify advocates who will lead the implementation of these actions.

Participants may also wish to remain at Congress after the May 30th session, in order to participate in Truth and Reconciliation Commission-related Congress events, which include a large panel session on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the morning of June 1, followed by a noon Big Thinking talk by Leroy Little Bear on Blackfoot metaphysics (). The CFHSS is also developing a list of some 30 open sessions in the area of Aboriginal research at the 2016 Congress. See for details, although the website currently says ‘stay tuned for more info’.