Given the year in which we are living, I hope all of us take the time to enjoy a pleasant and relaxing Canada Day. Though only six months old, 2020 has challenged us in new ways and brought times of great sadness and stress to many. While we continue our combined efforts to find a stable footing, Canada Day gives pause to our efforts so we can appreciate all that this wonderful country has given us.

June is a designated time to celebrate Accessibility, Indigenous Peoples, and Pride. But June 2020 also had society reeling in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing and the continuation of inconceivable acts of racialized violence.

Acadia shared a statement of solidarity, like other institutions, and while increased consciousness is good, our support does not stop there. We are committed to being allies and working with our partners like VANSDA and the Glooscap First Nation so that everyone is valued equally in the Acadia community and beyond.

Dr. Nicoletta Faraone works with students in the Huestis Innovation Pavilion

Today the Future Skills Centre (FSC) announced the investment of $1.5 million to support the establishment of the Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences (CASTL), a unique partnership among Atlantic industry, academic, and government partners to address the significant future skills needs of the bioscience sector in Canada. CASTL is one of 30 projects, out of hundreds of submissions, to receive funding as part of a $37-million investment to help employers find workers with the skills they need and to support Canadians in acquiring those in-demand skills.

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