The Catalyst at FCAD has temporarily moved all its operations online. We continue to work remotely with our members. If you require any help with your SRC projects, please do not hesitate to contact us.
June 4, 2021
This week we learned about 215 unidentified Indigenous children who were buried on the grounds of the former residential school near Kamloops, BC - which was Canada’s largest residential school. Acknowledging the atrocities of colonialism committed by actors of the Canadian government and organized religion against Indigenous peoples is just the beginning of what we need to understand and the first move towards genuine reconciliation and reparations for Indigenous peoples.
The Canadian Government has acknowledged that some 150,000 Indigenous children were removed and separated from their families and communities to attend residential schools. While most of the 139 Indian Residential Schools ceased to operate by the mid-1970s, the last federally-run school closed in the late 1990s., external link
June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day. Educating ourselves and striving for equity and equality is paramount. Learning our histories means that hopefully, we will never repeat them, and moreover, we will ensure that it does not happen to others. A list of resources will be available on our website.
We stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities.
Please see the Dean of FCAD’s statement.
Where Research Meets Creativity, Creation and Communication
We are the first large-scale space dedicated to scholarly, research, and creative (SRC) activities within the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD). Located on the 2nd floor of the Rogers Communication Centre, The Catalyst houses several SRC projects, labs, and centres under one roof. We bring brilliant minds together from across all schools in FCAD to explore, innovate, and impact the world we live in. The Catalyst serves to support potential, emerging, and ongoing projects coming from FCAD researchers, creatives and their collaborators.
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We are working with the FCAD schools and community members to best determine how to support our graduate students, faculty and researchers. Our goal is to build an online community that is connected and supportive, just as The Catalyst has always been.
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