In the eyes of the key people involved in this years Congress event, it was a tremendous success.
The 87th Congress of The Humanities and Social Sciences made it’s way to the Queen City from May 26th through June 1st, with thousands streaming in to the University of Regina campus to explore and learn the lesson offered.
Andre Magnan, Academic Convenor, said it was a fantastic event, well attended in terms of speakers and audiences.
“People put so much work into preparing this event and I think that went off so extremely well,” he said. “We got lots of great compliments on our campus, the friendliness of our volunteers.”
The compliments weren’t all there was to Congress though. Discussions and debates on a variety of issues affecting Canada right now, including the social, cultural and political ones, were engaged in in interactive forums.
Those forums, said Magnan, were especially beneficial for environmental debates.
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“I think this is strength of the Humanities and Social Sciences,” said Magnan. “We are researchers and students who are looking at some of the most complicated questions facing our society. Certainly, what to do about climate change and environmental problems, it’s not an easy subject.”
Magnan also addressed the forums hosted by Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, who spoke about education and reconciliation regarding First Nations peoples here in Canada.
“People are becoming more aware of the past, but also about the importance of building a new relationship between Indigenous peoples,” he noted. “And, other Canadians.
Next year’s conference, the 88th edition, will be held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.