Friday, June 21, 2019

Indigenous Peoples Day: recognition, reflection, reconciliation

The Mohawk Institute, a former residential school in Brantford Ontario.

by Peter Stirling. This article was originally published on Waterloo Stories.

Walking to the 2019 Knowledge Integration (KI) Exhibition (KIX), I had a feeling it would be one of those days that I love my new job. I was charged with photographing the Mashkawizii exhibit viewing by Chief Ava Hill, of the 56th Elected Council of the Six Nations of the Grand River, and member of the Board of Governors at the University of Waterloo.

As Hill began her tour, I hovered about taking pictures, but quickly felt out of place as the gravity of the exhibit I was photographing impressed upon me. Putting away my camera, I excused myself. This was not a photo opportunity; it was an occasion for a local elder to connect with each exhibit as a story she already knew personally.

Mashkawizii: Paint it Orange; Resilience in the Face of Trauma, was designed as a shared learning space that aims to change the predominantly negative narrative surrounding Indigenous people, and to demonstrate the resilience displayed by these communities in the face of the intergenerational trauma caused by the Canadian residential school system.

A little girl in a pink dress with a paint roller covers the word "Mashkawizii" in orange paint.

Little girl in a pink dress (Lila Bruyere's story inspired the image of the little girl found throughout the exhibit). The space is organized to follow the little girl’s journey from the erasing of her culture to taking back her narrative, as Lila and so many other survivors have done.

For First Nations, the colour orange is used to mark the impact that these schools had on their communities. On September 30th, Canadians are encouraged to wear orange as a way to remember a time of year when children were often taken away for the first time to the schools.

After touring the display alone, Chief Hill walked through again with KI students, Ben Ang, Findley Dunn, Ted Haag, Claire Quong, and Stephanie Ye-Mowe, who had created the exhibit. Professor Rob Gorbet, director of Knowledge Integration, explained that the students had been reluctant to take on this project, as they were not themselves members of the Indigenous community they sought to represent. However, after meeting with Waterloo’s Indigenous Student Association, they were encouraged to pursue the exhibit, and they set themselves to the task, with the goal of creating a visual space where Indigenous people could tell their own story.

Chief Hill remarked on how well the students had captured the voices of her people’s past, specifically in relation to the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School in Brantford, Ontario, which local First Nations children attended.

Hill took time to explain how detrimental the residential school environment was for those who attended.

Read the rest of the article on Waterloo Stories.

Building sustainable innovation brick by brick

A triptych of images showing Noor-ur-Rahman Shaikh and Daniel Francisco Gonzalez, their raw brick materials, and finished bricks.

This article was originally posted on the School of Environment, Enterprise and Business (SEED) website.

Two of the School of Environment, Enterprise and Business SUSM Master's students; Noor-ur-Rahman Shaikh (supervisor: Professor Steve Young) and Daniel Francisco Gonzalez (supervisor: Professor Goretty Dias) are the 2019 national winners of the Comission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Youth Innovation Challenge. Noor-ur-Rahman and Daniel will travel to Mexico City this month to present their project  "IXIM - Using your waste to create change!"  The project involved the creation of a 100 percent biodegradable and sustainable material alternative to bricks, allowing us to reinvision the "framework" of walls. 

Each year the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) facilitates the Youth Innovation Challenge. This competition encourages students and young innovators to share their ideas that could make a sustainable difference. The winning group from the three competing countries: Mexico, the United States and Canada travel to Mexico City this month to present their project to a panel of ten environmental officials.

Learn more about the CEC Youth Innovation Challenge.

Waterloo will show its Pride in Toronto parade

University of Waterloo community members march in the Toronto Pride Parade waving rainbow flags.

The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity, the oldest running LGBTQA+ student organization in Canada, will be marching in the Toronto Pride parade on Sunday, June 23 and is inviting the University community to join them.

"“Glow Be Free" is our theme for this year’s pride!" says an article on the Federation of Students' website.

The purchase of a ticket includes a t-shirt that must be worn while marching in the Waterloo contingent. 

Glow is organizing a bus that will take passengers to the parade. Registration opens in the Student Life Centre Great Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in SLC Great Hall and the bus will depart by 12:45 p.m.

Registration for those who are driving takes place at at 2:30 p.m. in Allan Gardens at the corner of Jarvis St. and Carlton St. in Toronto. More information is available on the Glow Facebook event page.

Photograph courtesy of the Federation of Students.

ION rolls out and other notes

An ION Light Rail vehicle in front of the Davis Centre.

Ride the rails: The ION light rail transit begins regular service today. The trains will run free of charge until July 1, with 19 stops between Conestoga Mall and Fairview Mall, including stops at the Research + Technology Park and at the University of Waterloo station right across from the Davis Centre. The train system has been under construction for five years, and there will be a grand opening celebration at 10:30 a.m. at the Fairview Mall terminus. The launch of the ION service also heralds sweeping changes to the region's bus transit service. Check out the Grand River Transit website for more details. Read more about the launch on Waterloo Stories.

Today is Indigenous Peoples Day, and the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre will be celebrating from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the St. Paul's University College green space. There will be traditional drumming, singing and dancing. Check out the Facebook event page for more information. WISC has more information about community events taking place in recognition of the day. You can also read a Waterloo Stories article about Indigenous writer Lee Maracle, who received an honorary degree at Waterloo's Spring 2019 Convocation.

New Beyond the Bulletin episode

Beyond the Bulletin logo with two vintage microphones.

Episode 3 of the Beyond the Bulletin podcast is now available on SoundCloud or wherever you find your favourite podcasts. Issues discussed include the provincial government's wage cap legislation, a cross-campus partnership to improve wellness on campus and an interview with Cristen Brown from Advancement about all things Keystone. 

Institutional Analysis & Planning closed today

Institutional Analysis & Planning will be closed on Friday, June 21 beginning at 11:30 for a team-building exercise.

Link of the day

Indigenous Peoples Day

When and Where

Bike Month, Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 30, across campus.

Bike Challenge, Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 30, across campus.

NSERC Alliance Grants Introductory Workshop, Friday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., East Campus 5, Enterprise Theatre, Room 1111. Please register to attend in person or via livestream.

Can we scale tobacco control intervention research with school teachers in India?,” Friday, June 21, 11:00 a.m., AHS 1621.

NEW - Chemistry Seminar featuring Renato Zenobi, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Applied Sciences. ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland,Noncovalent Interactions Studied by Temperature-Programmed Native ESI-MS,” Friday, June 21, 11:00 a.m., C2-361.

NEW - Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, Friday, June 21, 12:00 p.m., St. Paul's University College green.

Thank You Celebration for Doug Peers, Dean of Arts. Friday, June 21, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Hagey Hall Hub.

Farewell celebration for Jason Coolman, Friday, June 21, 3:00 p.m., E7 second floor event space.

Brain Builders' Nengo Summer School Open House, Friday, June 21, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Engineering 7, room 7303.

Glow Goes to Toronto Pride 2019, Sunday, June 23.

Getting Published for Graduate Students, Monday, June 24, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

Coping Skills Seminar - Thriving With Emotions, Monday, June 24, 3:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Wellness Collaborative Launch Event, Tuesday, June 25, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Federation Hall. Register on Ticketfi.

Retirement celebration for Anne Wagland, Tuesday, June 25, 3:00 p.m., University Club. RSVP to Jaime Fohkens by June 14.

Talking Careers with Your Kids (for employees only), Wednesday, June 26, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., TC 2218.

Waterloo Women's Wednesdays: Pilates Class, Wednesday, June 26, 12:00 p.m., EIT 3142.

QPR Mental Health Training for Faculty and Staff, Wednesday, June 26, 1:30 p.m., HS 2302.

Retirement celebration for Sergeant Patrick Ulett, Wednesday, June 26, 3:00 p.m., University Club.

WISE Public Lecture: The Road to Reliable and Economically Feasible Electricity for Remote Communities in Developing and Developed Economies, Wednesday, June 26, 3:00 p.m., CPH 4335.

Eating Disorder Support Group, Wednesday, June 26, 4:00 p.m., NH 3308.

Coping Skills Seminar - Cultivating Resiliency, Wednesday, June 26, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Velocity Start: BYSB (Building Your Startup Brand), “The basics of setting up your brand and the online platforms available to help you,” Wednesday, June 26, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

NEW - Design & Deliver 1: Practicing Presentation Skills, Thursday, June 27, 10:00 a.m., SCH 228F.

NEW - Indigenization Reading Circle, Thursday, June 27, 10:30 a.m., HH235.

Waterloo Engineering and the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business present guest speaker Janét Aizenstros, “Pioneer Adventures in Entrepreneurship and Business,” Thursday, June 27, 5:35 p.m., Engineering 7 Conrad School hub.

PhD oral defences

Systems Design Engineering. Chen Chen, "Development of Triboelectric Devices for Self-powered Sensing and Energy Harvesting Applications." Supervisor, Tze Yeow. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Friday, June 28, 10:30 a.m., EC4 2101A.

Pure Mathematics. Anton Mosunov, "Generalizations of the Gap Principle and the Thue-Siegel Principle, with Applications to Diophantine Equations." Supervisor, Cameron Stewart. Thesis available from MGO - Oral defence Wednesday, July 3, 10:00 a.m., MC 2009.

Global Governance Program. Matthew Gaudreau, "Constructing China's National Food Security: Power, Grain Seed Markets, and the Global Political Economy." Supervisor, Jennifer Clapp. On display in the Faculty of Environment, EV1 335. Oral defence Thursday, July 4, 1:00 p.m., BSIA 1-23. 

Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering. Mustafa Hakan Turhan, "Virtual Model Identification and Trajectory Correction for Multi-Axis Machine Tools." Supervisors, Kaan Erkorkmaz, Baris Fidan. On display in the Engineering graduate studies office, E7 7402. Oral defence Friday, July 5, 1:00 p.m., MC 2009.