Some Acadian groups are calling for the Université de Moncton to change its name to address its connection to Robert Monckton, who was involved in the deportation of the Acadians in 1755. While the university is named after the city rather than the person, CBC reports that some Acadians feel that it should be changed as a gesture of liberation and pride. Around 860 individuals recently signed a letter requesting that the institution change its name. UMoncton Historian Maurice Basque told CBC that others in the community are not in favour of the name change and explained that university founder Clément Cormier chose the name purposefully to symbolize that the city belongs to Acadians as well as Anglophones. UMoncton President Denis Prud’homme said that he would consider changing the name if there is “pronounced public interest.”
The land where Royal Roads University resides may soon be returned to the ownership of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations. Royal Roads currently leases the land from the Department of National Defence, which determined in 2016 that the land was in surplus of its needs and triggered discussions about the land’s future and Treaty negotiations. The Songhees First Nation and Esquimalt Nation have been in Treaty negotiations for nearly three decades and state that the land includes important archaeological sites. The university’s footprint could be changed by the negotiations, but Richmond News reports that the university is expected to continue to operate on the land. “We think [repatriation of the land] is one of the truest forms of reconciliation going and we firmly support it,” said Royal Roads’ VP of finance and operations Philip Twyford. “To have a university actually on treaty-settlement land is something that really energizes our staff.”
The University of Saskatchewan has implemented its Indigenous membership/citizenship verification policy and has launched a website to share information about it. The deybwewin | taapwaywin | tapwewin: Indigenous Truth policy ensures that individuals who assert Indigenous identity and are working in certain roles, receiving certain kinds of scholarships or funding, or benefitting from opportunities for Indigenous individuals will have their Indigenous identity verified. CBC reports that USask will require between 100 and 150 current faculty and staff to complete the process. Appropriate documentation is determined by Indigenous governments.
With the field of instructional design constantly evolving, Joseph Evanick touches on some of the recent technological developments and potential future trends impacting the field. Evanick predicts that trends in gamification, personalized instruction, and microlearning will continue to become increasingly popular due to the opportunities to increase learner engagement and provide more control over the learning experience. The author also predicts that leaders will need to be able to offer remote work opportunities while ensuring a strong campus culture in order to employ the strongest instructional design talent. Leaders will also need to foster relationships between instructional design staff and faculty to ensure high-quality educational offerings and support the design of authentic learning activities that may draw on but cannot be fraudulently completed by AI technologies.
Vancouver Island University launched a psychedelic research centre that will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives for program development. The Naut sa mawt Center for Psychedelic Research will bring together Indigenous, Western, and other ways of knowing for the development of psychedelic research and programming. “We do this by developing authentic relationships, committed to working through the historical challenges that we have inherited and in doing so, carving a new way forward, together,” said VIU Psychedelic-assisted Therapy Program Chair Dr Shannon Dames. The centre is virtual, which will enable researchers from across Canada to participate.
Niagara College and the US-based Niagara University have signed two agreements that will give college students the opportunity to further their studies at the university. The Dual Admission agreement will give eligible Niagara graduates guaranteed acceptance to a degree program associated with their college studies, along with a scholarship and access to an internship or high-impact experience. The two parties also signed an Academic Articulation agreement that defines pathways from 16 Niagara diploma programs into 39 Niagara University degree programs. “Niagara University has been a long-standing friend and partner of Niagara College, and we are thrilled that these new agreements further extend our collaboration and [create] new pathways for our students to study at both institutions,” said Niagara President Sean Kennedy.
The Government of the Northwest Territories has officially released the Aurora College Mandate Agreement. The agreement outlines shared strategic priorities, the college’s scope of activities, and measurements that the college will be expected to report on. Under the strategic priorities, NWT and the college will be pursuing the establishment of a polytechnic university, implementation of a tricameral governance system, the development of new programs, and more. The college’s new tricameral governance system–comprised of the Aurora College Board of Governors, the Academic Council, and the Indigenous Knowledge Holders Council–will reportedly see the institution operating at more of an arm’s-length from the government.
Given that eating disorder symptoms may appear during postsecondary education, institutions need to offer high-quality care options, write Colleen Flaherty. While students with severe eating disorder symptoms are often directed to inpatient treatment facilities, Flaherty writes that those with less severe symptoms may have few on-campus treatment options. The author describes several elements of campus care that can be introduced to better support these students, including training counsellors to identify signs of eating disorders and refer students to quality campus-based outpatient care as needed, ensuring that there is a multidisciplinary team available to support students, creating support groups, and offering dedicated prevention programs.
The University of Victoria’s Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery (PRIMED), which is a partner on the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation’s (MMFN) Yuquot Wave Energy Project, has received $1M to support the project’s next stages. PRIMED is developing a renewable energy microgrid using a wave energy device that will provide energy for a future community in the traditional home of MMFN. “The idea of reinvigorating a community and helping them return to their traditional lands is powerful. Chair, UVic Mechanical Engineering Brad Buckham. “You can’t undo history, but you can change the future and this project represents a symbolic changing of course where all of us are working together to support the Nation to go back to their rightful home in Yuquot.” The $1M in funding comes from TD Bank.
St Francis Xavier University and Nova Scotia Community College launched a collaborative, dual-credential program for students looking to work in the growing field of business intelligence and analytics. Graduates from the NSCC-StFX Collaborative Program in Business Intelligence and Analytics will secure both a BBA with Advanced Major and a Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence and Analytics in four years. “The program combines the hands-on business intelligence and analytics experience that NSCC is well known for, with our technology management and enterprise systems expertise,” said StFX Department of Marketing and Enterprise Systems Chair Dr Todd Boyle. “The program is unique in its content, design, and delivery.” Up to 20 students will begin the program this September.