City briefs

Indigenous Affairs book launch

The University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba Press will host a book launch for Injichaag: My Soul in Story: Anishinaabe Poetics in Art and Words by Rene Meshake and Kim Anderson on Jan 27 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in room 2W16 of Convocation Hall. The book details Meshake’s story as a residential school and 60s Scoop survivor and is thematically based around his paintings.

Classic play to grace U of W again

The love of the Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker will be presented by the University of Winnipeg’s theatre and film department from Feb. 11 to 15 at the Asper Center for Theatre and Film (400 Colony St.). The last time the play was performed on the U of W campus was 20 years ago. It is now being directed by faculty member Hope McIntyre, who also serves as the artistic director for Sarasvàti Productions.

Nominations for faculty and staff awards

Nominations are now being accepted for staff and faculty awards to be presented during the upcoming convocation ceremony for contributions towards community service, teaching, research, sustainability and commitment to students. listed awards include: the Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence and the Marsha Hanen Award for Excellence in Creating Community Awareness. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31, and they can be made through the online pages for the respective awards.

Ex-Winnipeg reservist jailed

After Winnipeg Free Press reporter Ryan Thorpe infiltrated a neo-Nazi group by going undercover, former soldier and neo-Nazi Patrik Mathews was exposed and fled to the United States in August. Following
his arrest in georgia with two other neo-Nazis, Mathews was denied bail after being jailed in Washington, D.C. Thorpe’s article “Homegrown Hate” attracted significant attention late last year and detailed how Mathews and his white-supremacist group, known as “The Base” were trying to gain a foothold in Winnipeg.

Bell “Let’s Talk” Day

The Bell let’s Talk Day initiative returns on Jan. 29 to spread awareness about mental health issues and combat related stigmas. The University of Winnipeg will hold a number of mental health-related events on campus, including “Blue the Campus” at the Wellness Centre and “Bell let’s Talk Day Table” on the main floor of Centennial Hall on Jan. 24 and Jan. 29. “Blue the Campus” will take place all day in the form of blue lighting, while the tabling will happen from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 24 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 29.

Report outlines actions helping graduates succeed

Manitoba universities and colleges have collaborated with the Business Council of Manitoba to develop a new strategic plan to help students succeed after graduation. A report called Horizon Manitoba outlines the actions being “strategically focused on areas such as work- integrated learning, Indigenous inclusion, student pathways and enhanced labour market data.” With the prediction that 60 per cent of jobs will require post- secondary education by 2024, the Business Council of Manitoba hopes to enhance opportunities by partnering with Manitoba’s leading employers and schools.

Published in Volume 74, Number 15 of The Uniter (January 23, 2020)

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