SAR-Canada

The SAR Canada Section, comprising over 28 university members, exists to promote the values, aims and activities of Scholars at Risk in Canada.

The SAR Canada Section was formally launched on June 22, 2012 at the University of Toronto’s Massey College by The Honourable Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, then President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg.  The launch of the Canadian Section represented the culmination of several years of partnership between Canadian higher education institutions and the Scholars at Risk Network.

In 2016, Canada was proud co-host of the 2016 Global Congress in Montreal.

The SAR Canada Section undertakes constant outreach, partnerships and joint activities, information about which you will find on this page.

The current National Steering Committee is comprised of the following members:

  • Natasha Nobell, University of British Columbia (Interim Co-Chair)
  • Mirja Trilsch, Université du Québec à Montreal (Interim Co-Chair)
  • Charles Reeve, OCAD University
  • Andrea Russell, University of Toronto
  • Norah Vollmer, Carleton University
  • Andrew Johnston, Carleton University

News / Nouvelles

The Coalition for Academic Freedom in the Americas (CAFA) welcomes first Executive Director

The Coalition for Academic Freedom in the Americas (CAFA) welcomes first Executive Director

March 28, 2024

The Coalition for Academic Freedom in the Americas (CAFA) is delighted to announce Camilla Croso as our first Director

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Mirja Trilsch (Université du Québec à Montréal) participated in a documentary series: “La liberté académique en déclin sur la planète”

Mirja Trilsch (Université du Québec à Montréal) participated in a documentary series: “La liberté académique en déclin sur la planète”

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CAFA published the proceedings of its first conference in the Revista Internacional de derecho y Ciencias Sociales

November 2, 2023

SPECIAL EDITION | Revista Internacional de derecho y Ciencias Sociales | N°33

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Webinar: Attacks on academic freedom in the US & lessons learned from Orbán's Hungary | Research and innovation

Webinar: Attacks on academic freedom in the US & lessons learned from Orbán's Hungary | Research and innovation

April 26, 2023

Register now for CAFA/CLAA's upcoming webinar on responding to attacks on academic freedom in the United States, and for lessons learned from other, similar contexts, including Viktor Orbán's Hungary.

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Events / Événements

Roundtable on academic freedom and autonomy in the United States with the UNSR on the right to education

Roundtable on academic freedom and autonomy in the United States with the UNSR on the right to education

April 30, 2024

By Invitation Only

On April 30, 2024, Scholars at Risk (SAR) and the CAFA, in partnership with the Office of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education, will host a hybrid roundtable discussion in Washington DC, in the context of the official visit of Ms. Farida Shaheed to the country.

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Mirja Trilsch (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Karly Kehoe (St. Mary's University) participated in a panel at the 15th annual Canadian Science Policy Conference: “Science in times of conflict: how to support and limit impact?”

November 13, 2023

Mirja Trilsch (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Karly Kehoe (St. Mary's University) participated in a panel at the 15th annual Canadian Science Policy Conference: “Science in times of conflict: how to support and limit impact?”

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Second Conference on Academic Freedom in the Americas - CAFA

Second Conference on Academic Freedom in the Americas - CAFA

November 9, 2023

Curitiba, Brazil

CAFA (The Coalition for Academic Freedom in the Americas) was pleased to organize the Second Conference on Academic Freedom in the Americas (#CAFA2023) at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná-PUCPR in Curitiba, Brazil from November 9 to 10, 2023. Scholars, students and academic freedom advocates attended in-person and online for two days of discussions highlighting challenges and opportunities in protection, advocacy, research, and litigation related to academic freedom and university autonomy.

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Members / Membres

Contact

To learn more about the SAR-Canada section, please write to info@sar-canada.ca.

SAR Sections are groups of higher education institutions and associations, that are members of the SAR network, nationally or regionally focused and organized specifically to coordinate participation in SAR activities. Unless otherwise indicated, the views represented by a SAR section, its members, or its affiliates reflect those of the originating author or section, and do not necessarily represent the views of SAR, other SAR sections, individual members, affiliates, board, staff, or sponsors. The use of the SAR name, logo, or other identifying material is for the sole purpose of identifying the relationship of the section, its members, or its affiliates with SAR, subject to approval of such use by the SAR board, as provided in the SAR bylaws

Follow the SAR Canada Section on Twitter: @SAR_Canada