Q+A: Carleton prof on winning GG award

Carleton linguistics professor Marie-Odile Junker was honoured with the Governor General’s Innovation Award on May 24 in recognition of her work in preserving Algonquian languages and developing linguistic resources for communities across Canada. The Charlatan interviewed Junker on her award, the appeal of Algonquian languages, and her current projects in development. The Charlatan (TC): What does it mean for you to have your work recognized among 130 candidates for the Governor General’s Innovation Award? Marie-Odile Junker (MOJ): It was a great surprise! I hope that it’s a sign that Canada is really engaged in reconciliation, and that the needs and contributions that Aboriginal peoples can give to our society are going to be recognized. For me as a linguist, I […]

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Letter: Cultural appropriation erases the reality of oppression

In light of the controversial “appropriation prize” that led to the resignation of Jonathan Kay, former editor-in-chief of The Walrus, a much-needed discussion on cultural appropriation has risen in Canada. Kay resigned after the publication of an editorial on how cultural appropriation is non-existent. The Twitterverse was in an uproar over Canadian media leaders discussing support for an “appropriation prize.” As a Black woman of Caribbean descent who was born and raised in Canada, an expression of systemic racism that never seems to lose its sting for me is that of cultural appropriation. It successfully combines aspects of white privilege, stereotypes and prejudices, and cultural erasure all in one hot, racist mess and yet it is often defended and justified […]

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Universities work to incorporate Indigenous learning

Among the 94 calls to action published by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in a 2015 report were numerous references to the need for increased education about Indigenous issues, including a call for governments to “provide the necessary funding to post-secondary institutions to educate teachers on how to integrate Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods in classrooms.” Some Canadian universities are working to better recognize Indigenous knowledge on their campuses, from the implementation of Indigenous content requirements, to the creation of buildings dedicated to Indigenous studies and culture. Lakehead University Following the implementation of an Indigenous content requirement in the fall 2016 semester, Lakehead University is working to address student concerns about the information being taught. “There have been some disagreements […]

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Indigenous reconciliation underway at Carleton

Revitalizing Indigenous Strength and Education (RISE) events took place over the month of January with Indigenous sexuality as its theme. The campaign has been held yearly since 2007 and aims to celebrate Indigenous strength and culture. Fredrick Stoneypoint, a first-year student in the Aboriginal Enriched Support Program (AESP), said initiatives like RISE help foster friendships and bring awareness to the Indigenous community at Carleton. “I believe that I can speak for many other marginalized communities at Carleton in saying these awareness events need to happen throughout the year; not just for a month,” Stoneypoint said. RISE is organized by the Mawandoseg Centre, one of two Indigenous centres at Carleton, along with Ojigkwanong. Ojigkwanong, part of Carleton’s Centre for Aboriginal Culture […]

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