President's Message (June 3, 2021): Reconciliation is a Shared Commitment

Dr. Tara Perrot, DFA President 2021-22

Silence isn’t an option in the face of the horrific discovery of 215 Indigenous children on the grounds of a residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. This discovery is yet another stark reminder of our history, a history that was documented in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TCR) Report of 2015, as well as the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) report of 1996. The loss of these Indigenous children is part of the truth of our past and it needs to be recognized as such. If we are ever to move toward reconciliation, we must acknowledge the inter-generational trauma, colonialism, racism and hurt that continues into the present day.

This is intended not only as a statement of abhorrence, but an invitation to act. If you haven’t read the TCR report, read it. I urge you all to engage with the ‘Calls to Action’ in the TCR as individuals and as a collective. Reach out to your federal representatives and inquire about their progress in moving forward with these actions. Discuss with your department members and unit leaders how you can ensure Indigenous content in your courses. Collaborate with colleagues to encourage Indigenous-centered research. Support Indigenous membership in your community and demand it in your workplace.

Reconciliation is a shared goal and one which requires action. Dalhousie’s Board of Governors and Senate have expressed support for the TRC Call to Action. It’s time to make good on that expression with action.

DFA condemns anti-Asian discrimination

Statement from DFA President David Westwood (March 22, 2021): The DFA condemns anti-Asian discrimination, including racially-driven behaviour and recent attacks on the Asian community.  The DFA values inclusion as integral to delivering on Dalhousie's academic mission, helping to create a vibrant academic community in which diversity can flourish.

Anomalies Fund Deadlines Extended

The Association-Board Committee has agreed to extend the deadlines for applications to the 2020-2021 Anomalies Fund. The deadline for applications is July 31, 2021. Information on the application process will be available closer to the date. The Committee’s decision will be communicated in writing to the Member no later than September 30, 2021. Any anomalies fund salary adjustments will be retroactive to July 1, 2021.

Collective Agreement between DFA and the Board of Governors formally ratified

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(February 17, 2021) – Both the DFA and the Dalhousie Board of Governors have now formally ratified the tentative agreement reached in January. The DFA membership voted in favour of the agreement last month, with 96% of voting members accepting the agreement. Last week, the Board of Governors ratified the agreement.  The new Collective Agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2022.  Click here for more details. 

Coming in June: DFA Summer Hours

The DFA office is typically closed on Fridays throughout June, July and August. If you leave a voice message at 902-494-3722 or email any of our staff on Friday, your message will be returned on the following Monday.

CAUT's May/June Bulletin Online

The CAUT May/June 2021 Bulletin is now available.  This issue covers CAUT's recent censure of University of Toronto, a round-up on the federal budget and interesting stats on the unfair treatment, discrimination or harassment among university faculty and researchers.