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International Day of Friendship

Illustration by Celina Koops of two friends emerging from the screens of their laptops to share a hug.

Today is the International Day of Friendship. Writing on the day’s meaning, the U.N. explains that confronting the world’s challenges requires “promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, friendship has looked different, and many of our connections have … Read more

Disability Pride Month

Illustration of Karsten Renaert wearing a cowboy hat and riding a horse, with a sun-like yellow glow illuminating him from behind.

July is Disability Pride Month, and in celebration of this observance, CHASI is proud to share the following guest post from Karsten Renaert’s, an Accessibility Advisor for UFV’s Centre for Accessibility Services. When I was asked if I wanted to contribute to this blog post, I enthusiastically said “Sure! I’d be happy to.” Then, I … Read more

UFV researcher confirmed presumed unmarked graves at Kamloops Residential School

Photo of Dr. Sarah Beaulieu pushing a Ground Penetrating Radar machine in a wooded area, while people with clipboards observe and take notes.

Dr. Sarah Beaulieu, a University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) anthropologist, presented a summary of her ground penetrating radar (GPR) investigation to media Thursday morning at an event held by Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, highlighting 200 “targets of interest” of what are likely to indicate human burials. The Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation have … Read more

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc press release: KIRS missing children findings but a fraction of investigation and work need to bring peace to families and communities

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CHASI is sharing this press release from Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc in support of their investigation of presumed unmarked graves of Indigenous children of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, which is in part a collaboration with CHASI Faculty Associate Dr. Sarah Beaulieu. July 15, 2021 – Kamloops. Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc calls on people worldwide to … Read more

Bigger Than Me Podcast highlights CHASI

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The Bigger Than Me Podcast, hosted by UFV alum Aaron Pete, featured two interviews with members of the CHASI team in June! First, Aaron spoke with Spencer Huesken, our Research Associate. Today, Bigger Than Me released an interview Dr. Martha Dow, CHASI’s director. CHASI would like to extend our thanks to Aaron for taking the … Read more

Celebrating Pride and acknowledging what still needs to be done

An illustration of two cartoon, rainbow-coloured hands coming together in celebration. Text reads: Canada is home to 1 million people who are LGBTQ2+, accounting for 4% of the total population

Content warning: suicide June may be coming to an end, but CHASI is proud to celebrate Pride year-round. This year, Canada marks an exciting milestone, reaching one million members of the LGBTQ2+ community! Canada still has a long way to go, however. Statistics Canada has also shared information on the discrimination and challenges that the … Read more

World Refugee Day

Photo collage of members of the UFV Student Refugee program

In acknowledgement of World Refugee Day, CHASI is pleased to partner with UFV Student Refugee Program members Gina Dhinsa, Holly Janzen, and Catherine Janzen. Today, we celebrate World Refugee Day and honour displaced persons around the world. We are members of the UFV Student Refugee Program – a group of students that sponsors refugees to … Read more

International Domestic Workers’ Day

Illustration of a woman with arms stretched in all directions, trying to care for a baby, a child, a person in a wheelchair, and an elderly person all at once.

Today is International Domestic Workers’ Day. The often invisible labour of these essential workers deserves acknowledgement and support, and their difficult labour deserves to be valued. COVID-19 highlighted the challenges women face in our societies. It aggravated these challenges, as many women face an increased workload at home and significant losses in the labour market. … Read more

International Day of the African Child

For the International Day of the African Child, CHASI is pleased to welcome Dr. Cherie Enns, UFV student Jacqueline Fanta, and UFV alum Njavwa Mukwavi to share the history of the day and their own reflections. Dr. Cherie Enns My name is Dr. Cherie Enns, and I teach in both Global Development Studies and the … Read more