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Version 2 of How to Be a Better Chair of an Academic Panel

For those who liked the original “How to be a better Chair of an academic panel” handout, here’s version 2, enriched via crowdsourcing.  New thoughts about keeping time (we’ve got signs for you, download here) some science (“calling on a woman to ask the first question will increase the number of women who ask questions: Carter, Croft, Lukas & Sandstrom, Women’s visibility in academic seminars: women ask fewer questions than men. Available at http://bit.ly/2JQfhiw”) and a gentle reminder that you don’t have to call on people in order, nor do you have to let the first person with their hand up ask the first question.

Get it and share it in DOCX Format   PDF Format

Thanks to all of you who chimed in via twitter and other modes!  And to those of you who wondered why we don’t take on the whole organization of academic conferences, we agree there is space for someone out there to do a “Just have a better CONFERENCE” tipsheet.  We’re looking forward to it.

page 1 of document as photo, available in PDF and DOCX form in this post.

Idle No More

Thanks to my colleague Dayna Scott, for this #idlenomore post:

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You by now have noticed the confluence of indigenous groups protesting across the country. Yesterday in London, Ontario, members of the Green Teens of Aamjiwnnaang, a youth group from the Sarnia-area reserve that I have worked with on research projects in the past, joined a march that shut down a portion of Hwy 401. The protest movement initially came together around objections to Bill C-45, the Jobs and Growth Act 2012 (the second budget omnibus bill), which has since become law.

Idlenomore has now morphed into something much more. Now it is a broad grassroots indigenous movement about engaging youth, preserving culture and community, meaningful consultation and constitutional rights. It is about the environment in a big sense – encompassing not just the narrow complaint about changes to the number of federally regulated waterways, but the broader concern about the trend into which this change falls — which indigenous people reasonably interpret as a throwing out of a welcome mat for large energy projects on their lands without their free prior and informed consent.

According to Wab Kinew in the Huff Post, the name “Idle No More” originated from an informal meeting of 4 women organizers in the west:

A few weeks back Sylvia McAdam and three others were mad about Bill C-45, the omnibus budget bill. Their biggest frustration was that nobody seemed to be talking about it. Two provisions in particular upset them: the reduction in the amount of federally protected waterways and a fast tracked process to surrender reserve lands.  In McAdam’s view, if Aboriginal people did not speak out it would mean they “comply with [their] silence.” So she and her friends decided to speak out. They would be “Idle No More.” They held an information session under the same name. Co-organizer Tanya Kappo fired off a tweet with the hashtag “#IdleNoMore.”

 

As we`ve witnessed, #IdleNoMore seems to have struck a nerve. The women themselves describe the beginnings on their website, http://www.idlenomore.com [you can hear McAdam on CBC’s The Current from 19 December, here]

Idle No More began with 4 women, Nina Wilson, Sheelah Mclean, Sylvia McAdam and Jessica Gordon, sharing a vision of bringing together all people to ensure we create ways of protecting Mother Earth, her lands, waters and people.  The women began discussing the possible impacts that some of the legislation would carry if people do not do something.  It became very evident that the women  MUST do something about the colonial, unilateral and paternalistic legislation being pushed through the Government of Canada’s parliamentary system.  They began with a piece of legislation called Bill C-45 which attacked the land base reserved for Indigenous people.

The women decided that they would call a rally to inform the public that this bill intended to, without consent give the minister of indian affairs power to surrender the lands reserved.  They felt that this would ultimately make room for oil, nuclear and gas industries to tear up the land for profit.  From this rally they also informed the public on other legislation that affected and ignored the treaties made with the crown but also the waters, land and people that it would impact in very harmful ways.

The women then helped other communities to coordinate efforts to hold similar rallies with the same goal in mind – Stand up and speak up against undemocratic and internationally illegal government acts.  These rallies took place all across the country.

Mission

Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth. On December 10th, Indigenous people and allies stood in solidarity across Canada to assert Indigenous sovereignty and begin the work towards sustainable, renewable development. All  people will be affected by the continued damage to the land and water and we welcome Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies to join in creating healthy sustainable communities. We encourage youth to become engaged in this movement as you are the leaders of our future. There have always been individuals and groups who have been working towards these goals – Idle No More seeks to create solidarity and further support these goals. We recognize that there may be backlash, and encourage people to stay strong and united in spirit.

 

Breast Cancer & Toxics: Do labelling campaigns burden women?

Delighted to have this “Guest Post” from Osgoode colleague and IFLS member  Dayna N. Scott who is the Exec Dir of the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health.  You can find some of her research here, on SSRN.

Léa Pool’s documentary about the breast cancer industry, Pink Ribbons Inc (clip below), premiered at the Toronto International Film Fest last month. Cancer has touched all of us, and it has probably inspired in all of us an urge to “do something”, too, but this film challenges us to think a lot more about what kinds of things we should do if we really want to stop this disease.  Pool’s film was inspired by Samantha King’s book Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy.

Breast Cancer Action Montreal (BCAM) is an organization that really is working towards preventing breast cancer.  They recently launched a campaign, in this spirit, asking for a recognizable symbol or label to be placed on all consumer products in Canada that contain carcinogens.   But doesn’t a labelling campaign (see Femme Toxic‘)  just shift the onus (and the risk!) onto individual consumers – mainly women – who will vary dramatically in their capacities to make use of that label?  We at the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health argue that this “precautionary consumption” is undeniably women’s work.

Read my exchange with Patricia Kearns of BCAM here.

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