How to effectively use big data, learning about Indigenous spaces, and the fight for equity in Canada’s labour movement - Congress 2018: June 1 highlights

Media Advisory Release Date: May 31, 2018 1:20 p.m.

Learning about Indigenous spaces and the fight for equity in Canada’s labour movement are just two of the topics on offer as Canada’s largest gathering of the country’s brightest researchers, thinkers, and policy-makers wraps up Friday at the University of Regina.

Friday’s free public event highlights include:

●    Data curation for re-use: Moving beyond “Open” data: Research data for scientific re-use are special. Curating data for re-use is generally time- and labor-intensive, requiring an approach similar to that used by a museum curator caring for artifacts to clean, preserve, and document it for learners of today and in the future. This fast-paced session will describe the unique challenges of open research data for re-use, provide a non-technical explanation of research methods metadata, review a data curation infrastructure system, outline respondent confidentiality issues, and provide data curation professional training resources.

June 1, Education Building – ED 228, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

●    Indigenous space tours: Public spaces — architecture, art, sound, and people — can convey various messages about any society. Physical spaces in Canada, a country that might be characterized as settler colonial, can reinforce colonialism or express decolonialism and Indigenous peoples’ rights and resistance. This tour will explore these concepts through the University of Regina campus. This tour is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited to 15 people.

June 1, Riddell Centre – University Theatre, room 170,  10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

●    Reflections on the Fight for Equity in Canada’s Labour Movement: Larry Rousseau was elected as Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) Executive Vice-President at the CLC’s Constitutional Convention in May 2017. Larry has a long history of trade union and political activism, particularly on issues like labour relations, health and safety, human rights, and equity. His involvement in the LGBTQ2SI, anti-racism and peace movements has been an integral part of his engagement and commitment to social justice.

June 1, Education Building – ED 193, 10:45 a.m. – Noon  

Congress 2018, hosted by the University of Regina, welcomes more than 5,150 academics with the social sciences and humanities. The “Gathering diversities” theme of the Queen City’s largest-ever conference, celebrates the history of Regina as a traditional place of gathering and rich buffalo hunting grounds for numerous Plains cultures and explores education as a new buffalo.

These are just a few of the free public events taking place during Congress 2018. For more, visit the Congress 2018 website. More information about the Federation and Congress 2018 is available online at:, Twitter, and Facebook.                               

For interview requests:

Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Nicola Katz
Manager of Communications
Cell: 613-282-3489

University of Regina
Dale Johnson
Communications Strategist 
Cell: 306-531-5995

About the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Congress is the largest interdisciplinary conference in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. Now in its 87th year, Congress brings together academic associations that represent a rich spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including literature, history, theatre, film studies, education, music, sociology, geography, social work and many others. Congress 2018 is hosted by the University of Regina. For more information, visit

About the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and gr aduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information about the Federation, visit

About the University of Regina

The University of Regina is constantly pushing the bounds of knowledge and pioneering new ways of thinking about the world. It’s no surprise that the University is ranked in the Top 200 by Times Higher Education in the Best Young Universities category. At the heart of its success is the institution’s commitment to growing diversity. Since 2009, it has increased its international student population by 122 percent and its Indigenous student population by 84 percent. The University of Regina is home to the country’s highest percentage of graduate students from outside Canada, and has received the top ranking in Canada for its number of international research collaborations. For more information about the University of Regina, visit


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