Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#WearingMyCulture campaign asks teens to proudly wear Indigenous traditional clothes - CBC

by Rosanna Deerchild
Originally published: October 14, 2017
Publisher: CBC.ca

A Saskatchewan teen is standing up for her First Nation heritage with a ribbon skirt and the help of social media.

For the month of October, Kisis-Isquao Cappo from Muscowpetung First Nation will be wearing traditional clothing to her high school in Balgonie, Sask. to raise awareness of the issue of racism.

To accompany, this Cappo started the #WearingMyCulture social media campaign, and a Facebook group.

She was inspired to wear traditional clothing after hearing about the racism her brother experienced in school. While in history class, Cappo's brother Haydar-Ali Cappo, overheard kids making fun of First Nation legends.

Aboriginal Office at Toronto city hall would be step forward despite steps back, advocates say - TORONTO STAR

by David Rider 
Originally published: October 14, 2017
Publisher: TheStar.com 

Efforts to “Indigenize” city hall have taken a major hit, yet there’s a simple way for Toronto to start reconciling the treatment of Indigenous people and see that they have a real role in decision-making, advocates say.

“My recommendation today has been consistently presented to the city since (1998) amalgamation — establish an Aboriginal Office at city hall, set up the relationship (with Indigenous people) and the actual things you do will flow from that,” says Kenn Richard, executive director of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto and a member of the city’s Aboriginal Affairs committee.

“The relationship needs to be honoured in a significant way. The city has been paralyzed on this point for whatever reason. I don’t think anyone’s evil or there’s a nasty agenda at play — it seems like the city cannot bring itself to move to that extra step that honours the diversity task force that they’re so proud of.”

Can bilingualism give you intellectual power? - THE VARSITY

by Nicole Sciulli
Originally published: October 15, 2017
Publisher: TheVarsity.ca

Recently, The Varsity launched a novel project: a Chinese translation of the paper. This development speaks to the linguistic diversity of both the University of Toronto and Canada. Over 50 per cent of the world is bilingual, but are there scientifically proven benefits of being able to speak more than one language?

One implication of bilingualism is its influence on executive functions. Working memory is an example of an important executive function, as it controls important cognitive processes like conflict resolution, interference, and distraction. It can also predict the outcome of a child’s academic success. However, whether or not bilingualism can affect executive functioning has been a poignant area of debate.

Diversity in the public service’s executive ranks - POLICY OPTIONS

by Andrew Griffith
Originally published: October 16, 2017
Publisher: PolicyOptions.irpp.org

Annual employment equity reports for the public service show ongoing progress overall in the representation of women, visible minorities and Indigenous people, but lack detailed data regarding those classified as executives: from EX-1s, who hold the title of director, through EX-5s, who are assistant deputy ministers. Data recently released by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and the Privy Council Office on the 5,302 executives (out of 182,000 public servants, or 2.9 percent) and 70 deputy ministers (DMs) in the public service as of March 2016 show the same trend.

The data that go back farthest are for women (including visible minority and Indigenous women). Figure 1 contrasts the overall percentage of women in the public service with the percentages who are executives and deputies. The overall proportion of women has increased by 18 percent (1993-2016, from a relatively large base), the proportion of women who are executives by 27 percent (2005-16) and the proportion who are deputies by 55 percent (2002-16). The Global Government Forum’s Women Leaders Index 2016-17 confirms Canada’s leadership in the representation of women in executive positions.

Figure 2 highlights the dramatic rise in visible minority and Indigenous public servants, both overall and in executive categories. The overall proportion of visible minority employees increased by 279 percent (1993-2016, from a small base of 8,500), with representation among executives increasing by 84 percent (2005-16). The overall proportion of Indigenous people in the public service increased by 157 percent, with representation among executives increasing by 23 percent.

Older workers have a unique gift – experience - TROY MEDIA

by Gavin MacFadyen
Originally published:  October 15, 2017
Publisher: TroyMedia.com

When we read about older adults in a news story, it is often in the context of the burden they will place on government programs when retiring or – to flip the script – how they remain vital and active despite their advancing years. Look, Herbert and Martha still go skating! Wow!

What image is evoked when we say “older adult?” Are they using a cane? Are they grey-haired and stereotypically stooped octogenarians playing Bingo in the retirement home? Does someone in their 50s count?

Well, that’s the thing. The idea of who is old and who is young is very relative. This season, 45-year-old Jaromir Jagr will suit up for the Calgary Flames. In the NHL, that qualifies him as a veritable dinosaur.

Canada urgently needs diversity in science, tech, engineering and math: report - CBC

by Anne Gaviola 
Originally published:  October 14, 2017
Publisher: CBC.ca

Ana Sofia Barrows graduated with a degree in medical physics, and the 24-year-old works in the science field.

Yet she's been told, on more than one occasion, that she doesn't look like a scientist.

She says someone once told her that she looks like someone who should be working in fashion or communications.

"Those stereotypes should not exist," she says. "Those comments are not very appreciated because why would scientists look different than anyone else?"

How Employers Can Work with Tribal Schools to Increase Diversity in STEM - SHRM

by Tracy Monteith And Ross Smith
Originally published: October 16, 2017
Publisher: SHRM.org

There are 32 fully accredited tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) in the US with over 30,000 part and full-time students. TCUs support students in the most remote and poorest areas of the country. There are 183 tribal K-12 schools in 23 states. According to the National Science Foundation, these schools - along with non-tribal colleges and universities - produce a total of about 4,000 STEM undergraduate and graduate students per year.

Despite the high demand for STEM hires, corporate recruiting looks to spend on high-leverage recruiting events. While the numbers above may not seem to be high-leverage bonanza, a better understanding of this community can illuminate tremendous opportunities to hire world class talent from the collective of the first inhabitants of North America. Hiring these diverse thinkers requires a new approach.

Tribes are matriarchal in nature. Clanships are inherited from the maternal side of the family. They are also community-based, and top priority of tribal members is community health and well-being. This innate disposition translates, in the modern workplace, to great team members that intrinsically understand the value of a cohesive team and actively work toward building community as a way of finding the common in the diverse. It also means a higher percentage of female STEM majors.