Congress 2018 flag raised at Regina City Hall this morning

By Dale Johnson Posted: May 24, 2018 3:00 p.m.

 Mayor Fougere, Dr. Vianne Timmons, and Gabriel Miller mark the start of 87th annual Congress with the raising of the Congress 2018 flag.
Mayor Fougere, Dr. Vianne Timmons, and Gabriel Miller mark the start of 87th annual Congress with the raising of the Congress 2018 flag. Photo: U of R Photography

Four years of teamwork culminated this morning as the Congress 2018 was raised over Regina City Hall by His Worship Michael Fougere, Mayor of the City of Regina, Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina, and Gabriel Miller, Executive Director of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Queen City’s largest-ever conference is set to get underway this Saturday at the University of Regina.

Congress 2018, hosted by the U of R, will see 5,000 delegates converge on the campus for the 87th annual gathering of Canada’s Humanities and Social Sciences thought leaders May 26 to June 1, 2018.

“It’s a great day for a flag raising,” said Mayor Fougere as the clouds lifted. “Today is literally years in the making. The City of Regina is eager to join the University of Regina and the Federation in welcoming a diverse gathering of our nation’s academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.”

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On hand for the official launch of Congress 2018 were (l-r) André Magnan, Academic Convenor; U of R President Vianne Timmons; Regina Mayor Michael Fougere; and Gabriel Miller, Executive Director of the Federation for the Humanties and Social Sciences.

Photo: External Relations

Gathering diversities is the theme for Congress 2018 and celebrates the region’s heritage as a rich buffalo hunting grounds for a multitude of Plains cultures. The symbol of the buffalo on the Congress 2018 flag signifies education as a new buffalo and the way forward for Canada and its diverse citizenry.

“Congress 2018 is taking place at the University of Regina thanks to the support of the entire community and our many partners, including nearly 500 community volunteers,” said Dr. Timmons.

Congress features a rich array of programming, including hundreds of events that are free and open to the public. In his keynote address, Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations will speak to the role of education in Reconciliation. Congress 2018 will feature the first all-female line-up in the this year’s Big Thinking lecture series.

Gabriel Miller of the Federation likened Congress to the Olympics for scholars within the humanities and social sciences and an opportunity for them to present new ideas and research to their peers as they work to address some of the world’s most pressing public policy issues.

The Federation, which organizes Congress each year, promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership of more than 160 universities, colleges, and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada.

The Congress 2018 flag will fly over the City for the length of the conference.

For details about the many free public events at Congress 2018, please visit www.congress2018.ca.