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September 22, 2022

VIU receives new name for qathet region campus: tiwšɛmawtxw

Vancouver Island University has received the new name “tiwšɛmawtxw” for its campus in ɬaʔamɩn ʔəms gijɛ (Tla’amin Territory), and will be using this name for the campus going forward. The name was gifted to VIU by the Tla’amin Nation Executive Council and means “House of Learning.” “This re-naming is a pivotal example of continued reconciliation within our territory and across Turtle Island more broadly,” said Tla’amin Nation Hegus John Hackett. “We are hopeful that this re-naming will inspire more reconciliation work throughout the territory.” VIU unveiled a new sign on the qathet region campus on Tuesday. VIU | Peak (BC)

Loyalist to open new Port Hope campus in 2023

Loyalist College has announced that it will be opening a new Port Hope campus in Fall 2023. The new campus will be located in a former elementary school in downtown Port Hope. It will offer hands-on training, industry connections, and programming that builds on the existing offerings in Northumberland County. The campus will offer students the latest learning technology, cutting-edge facilities, and industry-aligned curriculum. “We’re excited to share this vision and expertise with our neighbouring community of Port Hope – a region also experiencing rapid growth with a shared commitment to giving back to its community,” said Loyalist Acting President Mark Kirkpatrick. Loyalist | InQuinte | Global News (ON)

CAQ pledges $40M to create research chairs in Quebec studies

The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) has promised to provide up to $40M in funding for twenty research chairs in Québec studies. The funding aims to remedy what CAQ has called a “decline in Quebec studies.” Beginning in 2023, the twenty research chairs would receive a maximum of $1.5M each over three years. The chairs would be selected by an independent committee and funding would be overseen by the Scientifique en chef and the Fonds de recherche du Québec. CAQ leader François Legault stated that Quebec needed its greatest minds to focus on QC, whether on its history, economy, language, education network, or health network. CTV News | La Presse | Journal de Montréal (QC)

CSA launches initiative for Canadian students to build satellites, advance knowledge

The Government of Canada has announced the launch of the CubeSats Initiative in Canada for STEM (CUBICS). Through CUBICS, Canadian Space Agency experts will guide postsecondary professors and students as they work in teams to develop projects focused on advancing knowledge in areas like climate change. CSA will award up to $3.4M to up to 12 teams to develop an end-to-end CubeSat or standalone scientific instrument or experiment. The CSA hopes to launch new CUBICS opportunities every three years, adapted to the need and level of expertise of student teams toprepare students to be competitive candidates for Canada's space sector workforce. Canada (National)

Mohawk launches game design program focused on EDI

Mohawk College has launched a new diploma program focused on game design that intends to provide a new model for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the industry. The Game–Design Advanced Diploma program takes three years to complete and provides training in a variety of skills including design, technical and artistic skills, and ethics. It has a primarily female academic leadership team and will focus on developing gaming content that is more inclusive, diverse, and reflective of society. The program is set to start in Fall 2023. Mohawk | Insauga (ON)

Nunavut students continue to struggle with funding delays, difficulties

The CBC reports that Nunavut college students are continuing to struggle due to late payments and other issues with the Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students (FANS) program. In January, Nunavut's education minister apologized for payment delays and promised to improve the program. However, students report that funding is still often delayed and is not sufficient to cover necessities like food and rent. CBC also reports that FANS requires specific paperwork, which can lengthen the application process. Some students report that they have been experiencing difficulties getting in contact with FANS. “Our territory is growing. Everybody is pursuing their education,” said student Jaydene Pilakapsi, who noted that when students are unable to access education, the territory as a whole is damaged. CBC (NV)

Distance learning tools can enhance in-person classes: Editorial

Instructors should continue to use distance learning tools that were developed and honed during the pandemic to enhance in-person classes, writes Anita Cheng. Several of these computer-assisted tools – such as discussion boards and class chats – can help support student-centred learning while giving teachers new flexibility, writes Cheng. Discussion boards, for example, can prepare students to participate in class, support cross-pollination of ideas, and create an idea bank for the instructor, while class chats in an in-person class give students a way to express themselves, give instructors a question bank, and enable more students to respond. The author writes that these tools can increase the joy of teaching and enhance its reach. Inside Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) (Editorial)

Algonquin community gathers to honour, mourn incoming student slain in homicide

A community gathering was held at Algonquin College on Tuesday to grieve the loss of Savanna Pikuyak, an incoming first-year Pre-Health Sciences Pathways student. Pikuyak moved from Nunavut to Ottawa to begin her studies at the college, but was the victim of a homicide shortly after arriving in the city. The Government of Nunavut’s Department of Health is reportedly creating the Pikuyak Scholarship for pre-nursing students at Nunavut Arctic College. "When one of us gets hurt, we all get hurt," said Nunavut Sivuniksvut Teacher Aliqa Illauq. "This was an absolute tragedy, and a great reminder of the oppression and the continued challenges we as Inuit go through just to further our education." Pikuyak’s roommate has been charged with second-degree murder. Algonquin College | CBC (1) | CBC (2) | Nunatsiaq News (ON)

Robertson relocates Edmonton campus to downtown

Robertson College has announced that it is relocating its Edmonton campus to a new location in the city’s downtown. The new location includes upgraded lab classrooms for the healthcare and community service programs, a Health Care Aide lab, and a pharmacy lab classroom. It also features a Reflection Room where students will be able to reflect, meditate, or pray, as well as a co-working space called The Junction. “We also felt it was important to have a large co-working space for any Robertson student needing a place to gather or study independently,” said Shawna Harline, Director of Operations at Robertson. “Since most of our students study online, we encourage any student that requires a reliable Internet connection or just a quiet workspace to study to come visit us on campus.” Newswire (AB)

Students face increase in mental health problems: Editorial

A recent report from CACUSS and the Mental Health Commission of Canada on student mental health shows that students are facing increases in anxiety, depression, and related issues this year, states Moira MacDonald of University Affairs. The researchers found that the uncertainty of the pandemic alongside the lack of activities such as going to the gym or meeting in-person with friends as being notable causes of the increasing mental health issues. At the University of Prince Edward Island, the UPEI student union also conducted a survey where almost 50% of respondents said that their mental health had deteriorated this year. The survey points to further problems such as rental housing shortages impacting student mental health, and student union leaders shared these findings with PEI’s legislative assembly. University Affairs | Salt Wire | CACUSS (Report) (Editorial)