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FALL 2021

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Acknowledging Social Work’s Difficult History with Indigenous Communities

During the so-called “Sixties Scoop”, government social workers travelled to Indigenous communities and forcibly removed children from families. This, a generation after the tragedy of the residential schools, devastated Indigenous families. Today, Professor Pat McGuire and her colleagues are helping the School of Social Work address this difficult history. They are also helping future social workers understand and appreciate the needs and values of Indigenous families and children.

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Bringing Indigenous Perspectives to the Classroom

In 2016, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called on Canadians to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.” At the same time, it called on universities to increase the “integration of Indigenous knowledge” into the classroom. The Faculty of Public Affairs has sought to answer that call by bringing Indigenous history, perspectives and expertise into the curriculum. Find out more about what FPA is doing in the classroom.

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What’s Legal in Cyber Warfare?

At some point in early 2020, cyberhackers breached thousands of websites around the world, accessing data in U.S. federal government agencies, the U.K. government, the European Parliament, NATO, and more. Described as the worst cyber-espionage incident in history, the attack gave the hackers—suspected Russian agents—access to sensitive information for months before it was discovered. While American politicians described the attack as an act of war, Professor Leah West says cyberattacks reside in a grey area of international law. She investigates these so-called “below threshold” cyber operations in her research.

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Remembering Fear, Hope and Friendship in Afghanistan

The four years that Matthew Gray lived in Afghanistan held enough adventure and memories for a lifetime. Aided by his knowledge of Russian, Chinese and Farsi, he served as a liaison for the German and U.S. militaries as well as international aid organizations. The Political Science alumnus shares his reflections on his time in Afghanistan and offers advice for students hoping to work in international development.

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