Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences explores important Northern issues that matter to all Canadians: Sovereignty, Climate Change and Culture

    OTTAWA, May 27 /CNW Telbec/ - This week Ottawa is the ideas capital of
the world as thousands of Canada's best minds converge at Congress 2009.

                         What's on - Thursday, May 28

    As nations rush to assert their sovereignty over the north - communities
and northerners are the first to be affected and often ignored. Northern
communities are also the first to live the effect of climate change which
impacts many aspects of their economy and relationship with the land.
    As the Governor General continues her trip in Northern Canada, media will
hear from some of Canada's leading Northern scholars, including Canada
Research Chair in Historical Geography of the North, Dr. Caroline Desbiens and
Canada Research Chair in Northern Ecology, Dr. David S. Hik.
    Settling the growing debate over ownership of Arctic Ocean resources is
complicated by the fact that the various countries involved have different
understandings of the geography of the place.
    Dr. Phil Steinberg, an associate professor in the Department of Geography
at Florida State University in Tallahassee, says he knows how the world's
nations must come to terms with divergent views on prickly international
issues as global warming. Steinberg explores the question, "Is the Arctic
Ocean just water that you pass over, or is it land with water on top of it -
land that belongs to a country?"
    Northern Canada is one of the world's most susceptible environments to
climate change. Those changes are significantly affecting polar communities
and the traditional way of life for Aboriginal peoples in Canada's North. Dr.
Claudio Aporta, as the primary investigator and an assistant professor in the
Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, will discuss
Inuit perceptions of climate change and the multi-faceted ways in which
researchers are documenting this primarily oral knowledge.

                              More great topics

    9:00 am - Nicole Nelson of Cornell presents Generating 'anxiety like
phenotypes' in the elevated plus maze: A measure of mouse anxiety or a model
of human anxiety?
    11:00am - Carleton University doctoral student Gabrielle Mason will argue
that more programs and services need to be offered to the increasing number of
elderly people in Canada. She will advance a social policy model for the
elderly based on a national home-care program.
    11:10am - Meghan Brooks of Queens University presents Colour Me Canadian:
Re-Thinking the Racialization of Second Generation Canadians of Colour
    7:00pm - World renowned Canadian film maker and of Canada's most
influential voices in the arts, Denys Arcand will attend a screening of his
1986 academic-award nominated film Le Déclin de l'empire Américain at the
Mayfair Theatre at 7:00pm. The event will be followed by the launch of a new
book about Arcand by Carleton University Professor André Loiselle.

    Information about Congress 2009: The Congress of the Humanities and
Social Sciences is taking place at Carleton University from May 23 to 31,
2009. Organized by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social
Sciences, Congress 2009 brings together a broad cross-section of fields of
study. The Federation is the voice of Canada's humanities and social sciences
community, representing more than 50,000 researchers through 69 associations,
75 universities and colleges and seven affiliates across Canada. Congress is
supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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