Armchair Discussions

Armchair Discussions

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Featuring notable leaders from the public and private sectors, Armchair Discussions are short, relevant and effective learning opportunities, offered at no charge to the learner.

They provide public servants with an opportunity to interact with some of the most accomplished professionals and academics in their fields, as well as with colleagues from across the public service. Public servants can learn about government priorities, innovative developments, key management initiatives and more.

Armchair Discussions are your ideal complementary learning solution in today's ever-changing environment. Look for them from September to June. Upcoming sessions are posted regularly – bookmark this page and check it often!

Event Information

The Armchair Discussions have been designed for all federal public servants at no cost.

The School encourages learners to view webcast events in groups to conserve bandwidth and facilitate discussion. To minimize the risk of technical difficulties during the webcast, check connectivity prior to the session by using the School's test link. If you experience any problems, please contact your IM/IT department.

Upcoming Sessions

March 2017

Anishinaabe Perspectives in the Age of Truth and Reconciliation
Rebecca Chartrand | March 2, 2017 | Winnipeg (English) or by webcast (English with interpretation in French)

Hearing Their Voices: Empowering Women Worldwide
Sally Armstrong | March 8, 2017 | Ottawa or by webcast | English with interpretation in French

Canada 150: Celebrate Canada's Milestone Anniversary
Andrew Campbell | March 9, 2017 | Ottawa or by webcast | Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

Indigenous Awareness: History and Context
Kevin Lamoureux | March 9, 2017 | Winnipeg (English) or by webcast (English with interpretation in French)


Anishinaabe Perspectives in the Age of Truth and Reconciliation

This session will review the ways popular culture has influenced attitudes, behaviours and beliefs about Indigenous Peoples and contributed to unresolved historical tensions. By presenting Indigenous perspectives on their own history and experience, this discussion will highlight the diversity of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and break down stereotypes.

Participants will review pre-contact world-views, the Anishinaabe Clan System, traditional governing systems and current Indigenous education initiatives. Participants will have the opportunity to assess their own knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and to consider what skills, knowledge and behaviours will be needed in order to work towards reconciliation.

Come hear from Rebecca Chartrand, who is a proud member of Pine Creek First Nations with strong Anishinaabe, Inninew and Métis roots and an award-winning Indigenous educator with 20 years' experience in the field.

Date and Time:

March 2, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CST)

Speaker:

Rebecca Chartrand, Division Team Lead for Aboriginal Education, Seven Oaks School Division

Locations and Languages:


Stanley Knowles Building, 391 York Avenue, Suite 201, Winnipeg, Manitoba | English

Available across Canada by webcast | English with interpretation in French

Registration:

Please ensure that you have your MyAccount login name and password. If you do not have an account, please contact the Client Contact Centre.

Information:

Prairies and Northwest Territories Region
csps.prairienwtregionregionprairiestno.efpc@canada.ca


Hearing Their Voices: Empowering Women Worldwide

To mark International Women's Day, Sally Armstrong will share real-life stories about her outstanding and ongoing work with women around the world. Ms. Armstrong—a journalist, filmmaker, award-winning author, member of the Order of Canada, three-time Amnesty International Media Award winner and human rights activist—has been called "the war correspondent for the world's women" and has placed herself in risky situations to give women a voice.

This session will be a great opportunity to better understand the different experiences of women worldwide, discuss how the treatment of women can have a significant economic and social impact and explore how we can all contribute to gender equality nationally and internationally.

Date and Time:

March 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Speaker:

Sally Armstrong, journalist, filmmaker, award-winning author, member of the Order of Canada, three-time Amnesty Award winner and a human rights activist

Language:

English with interpretation in French

Locations:

Collaboration Lounge, Académie De-La-Salle, 373 Sussex Drive (entrance on Guigues Avenue), Ottawa, Ontario

Available across Canada by webcast

Registration:

Please ensure that you have your MyAccount login name and password. If you do not have an account, please contact the Client Contact Centre.

Information:

CSPS.ArmchairDiscussions-Causeries.EFPC@canada.ca

Canada 150: Celebrate Canada's Milestone Anniversary

Get ready for an exciting year as Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation. On March 9, come and hear from a panel of engaging speakers who will discuss the activities and initiatives taking place across the Government of Canada. They will also highlight some of the local community events and national Signature projects that are at the heart of Canada 150.

Don't miss this special opportunity to celebrate Canada 150! Discover ways to connect with others to create a lasting legacy for future generations.

Date and Time:

March 9, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Speakers:

Andrew Campbell, Senior Executive Director, Federal Secretariat Canada 150, Canadian Heritage

Other speakers to be confirmed

Language:

Bilingual with interpretation in both official languages

Locations:

Collaboration Lounge, Académie De-La-Salle, 373 Sussex Drive (entrance on Guigues Avenue), Ottawa, Ontario

Available across Canada by webcast

Registration:

Please ensure that you have your MyAccount login name and password. If you do not have an account, please contact the Client Contact Centre.

Information:

CSPS.ArmchairDiscussions-Causeries.EFPC@canada.ca

Indigenous Awareness: History and Context

The Public Health Agency of Canada, in partnership with the Canada School of Public Service, is pleased to present an armchair discussion on the history of Indigenous Peoples from both a milestone and personal perspective. Kevin Lamoureux, Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Winnipeg, will discuss post-Confederation treaties, residential schools and colonization, and their relationship within the context of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action.

Kevin is a member of the Speakers Bureau at the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba and an educator at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. His work has been featured in the Winnipeg Free Press, Grassroots News and many academic journals. In addition, he recently received the Honouring Our Ways award from the Aboriginal Circle of Educators and won the International Centre for Innovation in Education's Young Scholar Award in Ulm, Germany. Kevin's accolades also include the University of Winnipeg's Merit Award and the Robin H. Farquhar Award for Excellence in Contributing to Self-Governance.

Date and Time:

March 9, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (CST)

Speaker:

Kevin Lamoureux, Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs, University of Winnipeg, and co-chair of the Manitoba Task Force on Educational Outcomes for Children in Care

Locations and
Languages:


Stanley Knowles Building, 391 York Avenue, Suite 201, Winnipeg, Manitoba | English

Available across Canada by webcast | English with interpretation in French

Registration:

Please ensure that you have your MyAccount login name and password. If you do not have an account, please contact the Client Contact Centre.

Information:

Prairies and Northwest Territories Region
csps.prairienwtregionregionprairiestno.efpc@canada.ca


Stay in touch

Armchairs discussions now an active community on GCconnex!

Join our online community on GCconnex to continue the conversation after an armchair discussion, stay up to date on what's coming up, provide feedback, participate in polls, view pictures and consult speakers' biographies.

Armchair discussion now on YouTube!

You can now view a selection of past armchair discussions! Visit the School's School's Video Gallery to catch up on videos!

Past armchair discussions

Past armchair discussions are available for departmental loans in DVD format. To borrow a video, please have the specific title and date of the armchair discussion that you would like to watch and contact the School's library.

Past armchair discussions are available in DVD format on demand (registration required) or through interlibrary departmental loans.

Questions or comments concerning the archived material can be directed to CSPS.ArmchairDiscussions-Causeries.EFPC@canada.ca.

Please Note: All presentation materials have been made available at the discretion of the speakers. The views expressed during the presentations are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Canada School of Public Service. All presentations are filmed for archival purposes.

Technical requirements for webcasting

The webcasting service is exclusive to public servants. It features interactive elements such as live video and "ask a question" functionalities in an attempt to bring participants together, whether they are located in the National Capital Region (NCR) or elsewhere. Webcasting requires the following technical requirements to function properly:

Software: Please ensure that Internet Explorer with a Windows Media Player 9 plug-in is installed OR that any current browser with Microsoft Silverlight plug-in is installed; Java must be enabled in the browser options, and cookies must be enabled if access control is implemented.

Hardware: You will need a PC or Mac capable of supporting the required software, a screen with at least a 1024x768 viewing area and sound support.

Communication: You will require Internet access with at least 200Kbps bandwidth and streaming content over HTTP permitted.

Check connectivity prior to an upcoming webcast by using the School's test link. If you experience any technical issues, please contact your IM/IT department.

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