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June 24, 2021

UAlberta North, YukonU, YT collaborate on Two-Eyed Seeing Research Program

The University of Alberta North, Yukon University, and the Government of Yukon will be collaborating on the Two-Eyed Seeing Research Program, thanks to the territory’s pledge of $700K in funding over the next four years. The program will braid Indigenous and western knowledge together while upholding Indigenous values and practices in research, training, and knowledge sharing. It will establish a Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge at YukonU; create a series of joint research activities; and provide various supports to each institution’s students, researchers, and land practitioners. “Relationships in research and education grounded in respect, reciprocity, and reconciliation are central to our mandate,” said Dr Fiona Schmiegelow, Director of UAlberta North. “We are committed to focusing on issues of priority to northern partners, amplifying the voices of Indigenous Knowledge-holders, and supporting northern students.” YukonU (AB)

UAlberta North, YukonU, YT collaborate on Two-Eyed Seeing Research Program

The University of Alberta North, Yukon University, and the Government of Yukon will be collaborating on the Two-Eyed Seeing Research Program, thanks to the territory’s pledge of $700K in funding over the next four years. The program will braid Indigenous and western knowledge together while upholding Indigenous values and practices in research, training, and knowledge sharing. It will establish a Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge at YukonU; create a series of joint research activities; and provide various supports to each institution’s students, researchers, and land practitioners. “Relationships in research and education grounded in respect, reciprocity, and reconciliation are central to our mandate,” said Dr Fiona Schmiegelow, Director of UAlberta North. “We are committed to focusing on issues of priority to northern partners, amplifying the voices of Indigenous Knowledge-holders, and supporting northern students.” YukonU (AB)

Dal board of governors approve plans for new Dalhousie Event Centre

Dalhousie University’s board of governors have approved plans to build a new event centre at Dal’s Studley Campus. The Dalhousie Event Centre will provide a place for ice-related athletics and recreation, which have been based out of the Halifax Forum since 2012. It will also include space for the Dalhousie Physiotherapy Clinic, which will increase experiential learning opportunities for students and support research. “Health and wellness is a vital priority for Dalhousie and this new centre will provide a tremendous opportunity to not only promote and enhance student well-being but also for all members of our community,” said Tim Maloney, executive director of Athletics & Recreation at Dal. Dal | CBC (1) | CBC (2) (NS)

How the system creates a PhD oversupply: Opinion

The job crisis that PhD students face is a systemic problem, write Jonathan Malloy from Carleton University, Lisa Young from the University of Calgary, and Loleen Berdahl of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. The authors note that PhD admissions stay high despite an overproduction of PhD graduates because institutions rely on PhD students for their international rankings, reputations, grants, revenue, and teaching staffing. Malloy, Young, and Berdahl explain that institutions will need to collectively address the issue. The authors encourage institutions to improve graduate career development and collect information about job outcomes. “We must confront the corrosive effect of the systems we have established that depend on ever-larger intakes of PhDs and make tough choices about where to draw the line or how to change programs if those graduates do not find satisfying careers when they leave,” write the authors. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

MacEwan, Northland School Division sign agreement to deliver dual-credit Indigenous Studies course

MacEwan University and Northland School Division have signed a five-year agreement to allow high school students to take INDG 100: Introduction to Indigenous Studies for free as a dual credit course. The course will be delivered remotely, and will give high school students in the region the opportunity to experience a university course. MacEwan states that the opportunity is intended to boost confidence, help students envision themselves taking postsecondary education, and increase graduation rates. “An increase in Indigenous scholarship benefits everyone, and programs like this one – that combine strong, sustainable relationships and community building with investment and commitment – are the best way to expand and grow these types of programs,” said Dr Heather McRae, dean of the School of Continuing Education. MacEwan (AB)

StFX receives $1M endowment to support students with financial needs

St Francis Xavier University’s Xaverian Fund has received a $1M endowment from Mike and Lisa Boyd. The endowment focuses on supporting students with financial needs in pursuing postsecondary education at StFX. $500K will support Indigenous students from Atlantic Canada and African Nova Scotia students, and will be matched by a $500K donation from the Jeannine Deveau Educational Equity Endowment to total $1M. The other $500K from the Boyd Family will support students from Atlantic Canada who demonstrate leadership ability and are in financial need with renewable $5K entrance awards. “Lisa and I are delighted that we can do our part to make a StFX education possible for the leaders of tomorrow,” said Mike Boyd. StFX (NS)

NAC, MUN partner to give social service worker graduates opportunity to pursue BSW

Nunavut Arctic College and Memorial University’s School of Social Work have partnered to allow NAC social service worker diploma program graduates to continue their education through MUN’s bachelor of social work degree (BSW) program. Students will be able to complete the BSW while studying in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. The program is supported through a $1.8M investment over three years from NV. “The curricula and pedagogical structure of the program is strongly connected to Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit/traditional knowledge and will blend Indigenous and non-Indigenous world views and ways of knowing and being,” said Steering Committee member Dr Paul Banahene Adjei. “The program will also increase the presence of Inuit BSW-qualified social workers in Nunavut.” MUN (NL | NB)

Laurentian MSoA program receives CACB Initial Accreditation

Laurentian University has announced that its McEwen School of Architecture’s (MSoA) professional Master of Architecture Program has been granted full “Initial Accreditation” from the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB). To achieve the accreditation, the MSoA was required to go through the stages of Eligibility and Candidacy and graduate a class from its degree program. “The McEwen School of Architecture has a lot to be proud of and this external validation is further proof of the high quality student experience being delivered at Laurentian University,” said President Dr Robert Haché. “This achievement is thanks to many years of exceptional work from staff, faculty, and students of the school.” Laurentian says that the MSoA is the 12th fully accredited school of architecture in Canada. Laurentian | Sudbury Star (ON)

$48.2M real-estate project designed specifically for students begins in downtown Montreal

Builders have begun work on the Mildoré, a $48.2M, 19-storey real-estate project in downtown Montréal that will provide furnished rental units for university students. The property has been designed with students’ needs in mind – such as furnishings and parking for bicycles – and will include 70 three- or four-bedroom units for up to nearly 300 students. “It’s always been my desire to build homes for students because of my experience as a student,” said Werkliv President Daniel Goodfellow, who graduated from McGill University in 2007. “When I was studying, the apartments that were available were poorly managed by landlords that didn’t really care about their tenants as much as they cared about renting for the highest possible amount. I thought I could do something better.” The Mildoré is expected to be completed in time for the 2022-23 academic year. Montréal Gazette (QC)

VCC launches Mechanical Engineering Technician program

Vancouver Community College is launching a Mechanical Engineering Technician program. The program, which was developed with input from industry partners, prepares students for work as mechanical drafters and 3D modelers in British Columbia. The program takes 10 months to complete and will also be available for students within VCC’s CAD and BIM diploma programs to take as a specialty. “Firms are expecting a large demand for technicians,” said CAD and BIM department head Bruce McGarvie. VCC (BC)

Lethbridge College students, researchers engage in environmentally sustainable projects

Lethbridge College has made headlines this week for research and development projects focused on environmental sustainability. Through a research project collaboration with EarthRenew Inc and Biome Makers, Lethbridge is supporting regenerative agricultural practices. The partners will work together to assess the effects of EarthRenew’s products on the soil microbiome of potato fields. Lethbridge graduates Amy Gregorchuk, Liudmyla Wagner and Dan Mitchell have also been recognized by the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta for a capstone project exploring sustainable alternatives for traditional road asphalt. "That combination of intelligence, innovation and ingenuity that leads to all kinds of remarkable things across this province," said Barry Cavanaugh, CEO of ASET. JWNenergy (EarthRenew) | Global News (AB)