Guest Post: Christine Slavik and Monique Goerzen, Child, Youth and Family Studies, UFV National Child Day

November 20th is National Child Day – November 20th is National Child Day when Canadians celebrate children. This date has been recognized in Canada since 1993 and commemorates the adoption of two documents on children’s rights: the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child (November 20, 1959), and the United Nations Convention on … Read more

Guest Post: Dr. Awneet Sivia, Associate Professor, Teacher Education

International Literacy Day is commemorated on September 8th of each year and draws attention to the importance of literacy and its direct relationship to human rights. While every person has the right to learn to read and write, UNESCO reports 773 million adults and young people globally are still lacking basic literacy. A combination of … Read more

Guest Post: Dr. Edward Akuffo and Dr. Cherie Enns

Edward Akuffo and Cherie Enns

Thinking about global humanitarian interests in the midst of a global pandemic — Today marks the 11th anniversary of the institutionalization of the World Humanitarian Day.  This day was formalized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009 in memory of the August 19, 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, which … Read more

Guest Post: Kim Isaac, University Librarian

Kim Isaac

Books have the power to connect us in socially distanced times — Writing about the importance of books and reading for a university audience is akin to preaching to the choir, but I think the pandemic has provided an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the role that literature can play in our … Read more

Guest Post: Dr. Keith Carlson, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous and Community-Engaged History

Dr. Keith Carlson

Give up privilege — In her recent guest post on this blog, Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains provides us (people of European descent) with a clear and powerful call to action: To move past rhetorical statements denouncing racism and to instead take tangible steps to change ourselves — and in the process to dismantle the structures … Read more

Guest Post: Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains, Director of the South Asian Studies Institute

Satwinder Kaur Bains

A call to action – have you heard this before? Not so long ago, a small brown girl attending a school in Abbotsford in a mostly white, privileged neighbourhood found herself being paraded around classrooms by her white teacher one morning. The teacher showed her off with great flourish to the other white teachers, saying … Read more