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March 21, 2022

Voices for action against racism

That’s the theme of this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It calls on people everywhere to strengthen and consolidate their voices against racism, to mobilise against all forms and all manifestations of racial discrimination and injustice, and to ensure a safe environment for those who speak up.

Why March 21? Each year, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination marks the day police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960.

As educators, colleges and institutes play a vital role in combatting systemic racism and discrimination. In areas like healthcare and public safety, they ensure that workers are given tools to protect public spaces against injustice, now and in the future.

As institutions, we also recognize that systemic racism and discrimination exist in Canada and have work to do to address the challenges to success that Black students, Indigenous students, Asian students, and other visible minorities often face.

It’s not enough to be “not racist.” Anti-racism means that we must reflect on unconscious biases and institutional and structural policies that allow racism to exist, and consistently work to identify and dismantle them.

Conference 2022: Last chance to take advantage of reduced early-bird rates!

The countdown is on: In less than 40 days, we will be Navigating Anew. Be sure to register before March 21 to take advantage of reduced early-bird rates.

Join us in Halifax for a long-awaited return to in-person activities!

  • It’s been a while. Beyond the keynote speakers, live sessions, and pre-recorded presentations, engage in-person with experts on the biggest subjects of the year in daily extracurricular activities, unique networking opportunities, and unforgettable social events. Be sure to book your hotels and travel early! 

If you can’t attend in person, opt for a virtual registration package.

  • We’ve got you covered. With a virtual registration package, you’ll have access to live sessions and unlimited access to more than 35 pre-recorded sessions available on demand in the online presentation gallery (for up to six months after the event)!

LIVE: The good, the bad, and the ugly in cybersecurity

Episode 7 airs April 25 live from our Connection Conference in Halifax! Protecting networks, information, systems, and infrastructure is now an essential part of keeping all Canadians and Canadian businesses safe. But how much of our newly expanded digital landscape is here to stay, and what role is there for post-secondary institutions in driving it further?

50 years! Telling our story, from local communities to the national agenda

The latest in our 50th anniversary series! Past CICan president Gerry Brown looks back at the challenges colleges and institutes have had to overcome to be heard on the national stage. How do you connect the local priorities of colleges and institutes to the national agenda?

Series: 1, 2, 3 - Count your campus emissions!

Looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on campus but don’t know where to start? Our webinar workshop series is a step-by-step how-to guide! Whether you’re in a climate-centred role or a faculty looking to do your part, learn how you can take net-zero and climate action on campus. Upcoming dates: April 6, May 4 & June 1.

Webinar: Making the most of global competencies learned abroad

How do global competencies define international experiences for outbound Canadian students? What kind of support can institutions offer students when they return? Join Global Skills Opportunity and the Canadian Bureau for International Education for everything you need to know about making the most of global competencies learned abroad. Webinar: April 12.

PM Youth Council: Be the change you want to see in Canada

The Prime Minister wants to hear from you! Are you a young Canadian with innovative ideas and unique perspectives to share? Apply to join the Prime Minister’s Youth Council.

  • Council members give federal ministers and government officials advice on things that matter to them, like promoting equality, supporting mental health, fighting climate change, and strengthening Indigenous communities. Deadline: April 10.

WFCP World Congress: Register before March 31 for early-bird rates!

Interested in technical and vocational education and training on a global scale? The WFCP World Congress is the largest TVET event in the world! Featuring keynote speakers and sessions on some of today’s most pressing issues in TVET: the future of work, equity and inclusion, and sustainability. Take part: June 15-17 in Spain!

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that UNESCO-UNEVOC’s Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET (BILT) Library brings together and categorizes resources for innovation and learning in TVET? The latest addition is a report on TVET in Kenya, published as part of our KEFEP program! The report outlines how partnership between Humber College and Sigalagala National Polytechnic helped improve training, employment opportunities, environmental sustainability, and gender equality in Kenya. Having the KEFEP project report in the BILT Library means that, hopefully, more TVET providers around the world can benefit from the KEFEP approach!


Georgian College appointed Kevin Weaver president, effective June 20. Cégep de Sept-Îles appointed David Beaudin director general, effective March 18. Northern Lakes College appointed Dr. Sandy Vanderburgh vice president, Academic. Thompson Rivers University appointed Dr. Gillian Balfour provost and vice-president, Academic, effective July 1. College of the Rockies appointed Dana Wesley executive director, Indigenous Strategy and Reconciliation.

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