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On Day 1 of the 2020 RSC Celebration of Excellence and Engagement, leading scholars, artists and scientists provided updates and next steps resulting from the RSC’s organizational response to COVID-19 on topics such as homelessness, impacts in racialized communities, long-term care, mental health, Indigenous health and well-being, and civil liberties.

RSC 101: The Example of the Task Force on COVID-19

Since April, the RSC Task Force on COVID-19 has pursued the core mission of the RSC to work across disciplines and across generations toward building a better future.

Covid 19 and the Future of Long Term Care

In July, the RSC published a Policy Briefing called Restoring Trust: COVID-19 and the Future of Long-Term Care. What has been the impact of the report, and what are next steps? 

Policy Briefing | Restoring Trust: COVID-19 and The Future of Long-Term Care

COVID-19, Children and Schools

The RSC Working Group on Children and Schools is developing a Policy Briefing on how to approach the engagement of children in schools during the pandemic.

COVID-19 and Civil Liberties

Around the world, COVID-19 mitigation strategies have impacted civil liberties. How have these been manifested, and what lessons are we learning?

Policy Briefing |  Reconciling Civil Liberties and Public Health in the Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 and Artists

In February 2021, the RSC will publish a collection of work by Canadian artists whose work explores the impact of COVID-19 and interrogates the role of individuals and communities in responding to the pandemic.

COVID-19 and Mental Health

In October 2020, the RSC published a Policy Briefing on Mental Health. What are the key next steps outlined in the report?

Policy Briefing | Easing the Disruption of COVID-19: Supporting the Mental Health of the People of Canada

COVID-19 and Homelessness

In winter 2021, the RSC will publish a Policy Briefing on the impact of COVID-19 on homeless people. What will be the report’s key findings and recommendations for next steps?

Indigenous Responses to COVID-19

What are the impacts of COVID-19 for Indigenous health and well-being across the diverse geographies of First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities in the Canadian context? Drawing from a story based methodology, this session examined the structural inequities that shape Indigenous vulnerability to COVID-19, but also of the resiliency and creative coping demonstrated across Indigenous communities and nations.

A Collection of stories | COVID-19 and Indigenous Health and Wellness: Our Strength is in our Stories

History in the Time of COVID-19

How can historical perspectives on past disease outbreaks help to contextualize public health decision making today? This panel brought together historians whose work examines Canadian, French, and South Asian experiences spanning the 20th century to discuss the scope/limits of historical knowledge, and how history might support social justice-based forms of prevention for the future.

Impact of COVID-19 in Racialized Communities

In November 2020, the RSC published a collection of essays on the impact of COVID-19 in racialized communities. What do the authors recommend as urgent actions?

COVID-19 and Economic Recovery

In December 2020, the RSC published a Policy Briefing on Economic Recovery from the pandemic. What was the approach of the working group that drafted the report? What were the report’s key findings and recommendations for next steps?

Policy Briefing | Renewing the Social Contract: Economic Recovery in Canada from COVID-19
Policy Briefing | A Federal Basic Income Within the Post COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan

COVID-19 and Representations of Science

In October 2020, the RSC published a Policy Briefing on Representations of Science. What have the authors identified as key areas of focus for governments, and for individuals?

Policy Briefing | Let’s Do Better: Public Representations of COVID-19 Science