60 years of diplomatic relations: The foundation for a shared future
The University of Ottawa and the Moroccan embassy in Canada are celebrating the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Morocco and Canada this year. Together, we would like to mark the occasion by highlighting the crucial role of universities in advancing and disseminating knowledge by promoting critical thinking, free research and dialogue.
A successful partnership between two socially engaged student associations
The “Re-examining Our Agency in Creating Change” webinar, given by world-renowned social activist Angela Davis, is now online with French subtitles and a bilingual transcript. This event focused on such themes as law, liberation, reform, human rights, women’s rights, 2SLGBTQ+ rights and BIPOC rights.
“What can be better than advancing social justice while making friends?” says Professor Patti Tamara Lenard. With the help of many, including uOttawa colleague Emily Regan Wills, she founded Rainbow Haven, a local group that supports the resettlement of LGBTQ+ refugees in Ottawa.
The idea came from a panel discussion in early 2015 during Welcoming Ottawa Week, a series of events and activities for newcomers. When a panellist talked helping LGBTQ+ refugees, Lenard saw her opportunity to “walk the talk” as a researcher focusing on challenges faced by precarious status migrants. She refers to the result, Rainbow Haven, as her “non-hypocrisy project,” allowing her to help offer refuge to those in need.
The University of Ottawa educates tomorrow’s leaders, as the list of Bernard Grandmaître award recipients shows. Every year, these awards honour the achievements of people or organizations who’ve made an impact on the promotion and development of the francophone community in Ottawa. This year, four of the eight recipients are uOttawa alumni.
Upholding language rights is only a few clicks away
What if moving online was the pandemic’s silver lining? Professor François Larocque and students enrolled in his CML 4519 Les droits linguistiques au Canada [Language Rights in Canada] course examined this idea when they tested the planctus application across Canada. For a few years now, Professor Larocque and an association of Francophone common law students, known as the Regroupement étudiant de common law en français (RÉCLEF), have been running “D-Marche linguistique” as part of this course. In 2020 and 2021, they expanded it across Canada.