University of New Brunswick gives refugee status to travel ban victims

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) has announced that they will provide assistance to students affected by the U.S. travel ban. On March 2, the university said in a news release they would  “treat applicants as refugees.” UNB has previously worked with refugee applicants with individuals arriving from Syria providing community outreach to new immigrants. George MacLean, vice-president (academic) at the UNB, said in an email “this will be the first time in recent memory that UNB had in place a response to a specific set of potential students.” The measures put in place include waiving application fees for refugees, providing additional orientation, and guaranteeing space in their residence to people from the affected countries, according to the news release. […]

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Conference brings Indigenous art to campus

The New Sun Conference, held on Mar. 4, was welcomed with the smell of burning sage. The conference, which began 16 years ago, is meant to generate a healthier relationship between the Indigenous community and Carleton University, according to its program. Allan Ryan, the conference’s chair, opened the proceedings with words of greeting in Algonquin, Cree, Mohawk, Inuktitut, French, and English and acknowledged the hospitality of the Algonquin peoples, on whose unceded land Ottawa is situated on. This year’s presenters highlighted the culture of healing and education across communities. The first speaker, Shane Belcourt, a Métis filmmaker from Ottawa whose work has won many awards, said “[Art] is a desire to return to the source from which we came.” He […]

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Canadian law students participate in research-a-thon for refugees

Law students across Canada took part in a joint research effort on Feb. 4 to review legal arguments that could help individuals targeted by the proposed U.S. travel ban. The travel ban, which has now been refuted by the Supreme Court in America, prohibits people with citizenship from seven countries of primarily Muslim faith from entering the U.S., and stopped the intake of Syrian refugees until further notice. The 12-hour “research-a-thon” event was organized by three law students at McGill University, and included over 800 participants from all 22 of Canada’s law schools, according to Brodie Noga, one of the event’s organizers. Participants also raised $8,800 in donations for the Canadian Council of Refugees. Noga said the idea began as […]

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RISE 2017 focuses on Indigenous sexual health

A series of events for Revitalizing Indigenous Strength and Education (RISE) month will be taking place at Carleton over the month of January. RISE 2017 is a series of lectures, workshops, and open events in January developed by the Mawandoseg Centre at Carleton to renew various Indigenous cultural practices, and introduce non-Indigenous students to the different nations that are active on campus and in Ottawa. Tess Laude, the co-ordinator of the Mawandoseg Centre, said she has been working with community leaders, external partners, and several volunteers to bring traditional practices and modern issues to the forefront of student awareness. “The purpose of RISE is to enhance and promote discussions around Indigenous sexuality and sexual health,” Laude said. While the series […]

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Students protest conference on campus

A protest organized by students in opposition to a conference hosted by the Infrastructure Resilience Research Group (IRRG) led to demonstrators being denied access to Richcraft Hall. The conference focused on training legal and industry representatives on how to address threats to resource infrastructure, and was hosted at Carleton University by Felix Kwamena, an engineering professor, and Martin Rudner, distinguished research professor emeritus. Speakers at the workshop included Alan Jones, the former assistant director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), and Dave Fox, director of corporate security at Irving Oil. Protest organizers said the intention was to demonstrate that students did not welcome the discussion of applying criminal proceedings against those who protested pipeline and other resource development projects. Ashley […]

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