Universities and colleges across the province are slowing down as the first term comes to a close. Settle in for some much-needed rest & relaxation. Here is a collection of news and events from Manitoba’s universities and colleges.
What does it mean to be a global citizen? The University of Winnipeg has explored this topic since the Global College was established in 2005. Consequently, thirteen years later the Global College is now formalized as an academic unit. Approved by UWinnipeg’s Senate on October 31. This advancement reflects the University’s commitment to being intentional about engaging individuals on human rights and what it means to be a global citizen.
“This decision is fundamental to Global College moving forward and building a solid core faculty in human rights and global citizenship,” said Global College’s Acting Executive Director, Dr. Jan Stewart, who is also Deputy Provost and Associate Vice-President Academic at UWinnipeg. “Now more than ever our students need to learn about ways that they can be advocates and supporters to those who are working to combat social injustice, violence and the marginalization and oppression of people and groups.”
Scholars, policymakers and advocates will gather at the University of Manitoba in January. This will be one decade after the United Nations adopted its innovative Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The gathering will highlight how the declaration is being put into practice worldwide. “This forum is a rare opportunity for people to engage with the world’s leading experts on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples about an issue that is so crucial to the future of our countries,” said Prof. Brenda Gunn, whose handbook about the UN Declaration is a key resource for Canadians trying to put it into practice here.
Registration is open until December 20.
One of three trailers unveiled by ACC in September has landed at Peguis First Nation. The “trades in a box” trailers have all the tools required to help learn by doing. The trailer will remain there for the length of the program. “Capacity building is a priority for Peguis First Nation. It is an essential component when developing new projects and opportunities. It is important to address skill shortages and build upon skill development to improve the social well-being of our community members,” said Peguis First Nation Chief Glenn Hudson on behalf of the band council.
“Currently, Peguis First Nation has many economic developments underway and forthcoming, both locally and province-wide. The delivery of the Applied Building Construction Program for our community is a pro-active approach to build a high-demand, skilled workforce for the future. Many opportunities await the successful graduates for a bright future and potential advancement into the apprenticeship stream,” Chief Hudson said.
Daniel Thau-Eleff, award-winning playwright, director, and UWinnipeg alum is receiving the 2018 Manitoba Human Rights Commitment Award. Thau-Eleff is being recognized for his ability to address complex issues in justice and human rights through theatre. As a human rights activist, Thau-Eleff appreciates the honour. “I really feel that this award doesn’t just go to me. It goes to all of my teachers, mentors, co-creators, supporters – to everyone who has made my work over the years possible and meaningful.”
A new consortium of several Canadian universities is ready to give support to female entrepreneurs. The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub has been established in part of the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy which will advance research, gather important data and disseminate information related to the advancement of women’s entrepreneurship in Canada. Ryerson University will lead the consortium. Eight regional hubs located at Mount Royal University, VentureLabs in Vancouver, the University of Manitoba, Carleton University, Université de Montréal, OCAD University, and Dalhousie University.
“Women entrepreneurs will bring different competencies and focus on solving different problems which will enhance the potential for future economic and societal growth,” said Elizabeth Evans, Ph.D., Dean of the Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University. “The scope of this project will be much broader ― from the expected interest in tech entrepreneurs to a full spectrum of business and cultural undertakings, such as artists, social entrepreneurs and the work of Indigenous women.”
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