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Empowering Scholars to become the Engaged Leaders of tomorrow

The Foundation’s three-year program aims to train Engaged Leaders, in order to build the capacity for academics to make their research accessible beyond academia, to partner and work with a diversity of actors across society, and to help address some of the most pressing domestic and global issues of direct relevance for the future of Canada. 
Key dates:
15 November 2019  2020 application period opens 
22 January 2020  Deadline for universities to nominate candidates 
24-26 February 2020  Interviews with finalists in Montreal 
End of March 2020  Notification of selected candidates 
April/May 2020  Official announcement of 2020 Scholars 
17-19 June 2020  Mandatory participation in a Foundation retreat in Moncton, New Brunswick 

Our first official Institute of Engaged Leadership

The Foundation community gathered for our first official Institute of Engaged Leadership from October 27th to November 1st 2019 in Yellowknife, NWT. Scholars, Mentors, and Fellows came together for a week of community-building and learning on the theme of Power & Knowledge. Canada’s North is an essential – and yet sometimes overlooked – part of the country where the intersection between power and knowledge has unique meaning. 

Through a week of diverse teaching models by our Mentors and Fellows, the Scholars received leadership training, as part of the Foundation’s objective to foster leadership skills in outstanding, bold innovative researchers. 

The Institutes place an accent on experiential learning for Scholars. The week included a number of field visits to locations including the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories, the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation, Food Rescue Yellowknife, and the Hotiì ts-eeda Research Support Centre

Two key highlights of the week included a keynote address by Indigenous Leadership & Education expert Gabrielle Scrimshaw, and a day-long visit to the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, a land-based learning organization which provided an outstanding series of experiences built around Indigenous traditional knowledge and history. 

The next Institute of Engaged Leadership will take place in March 2020 in Washington, D.C. 

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President’s Message

This autumn has been an extraordinary period in the life of the Foundation. With the launch of our 2020 Scholarship competition, we are pursuing our core mission of providing a powerful gateway for bold and innovative researchers to not only receive generous financial support for their doctoral work, 

but also leadership training so they may grow to become engaged leaders with meaningful impact in their institutions and communities. Following up on a new tradition begun in 2019, we will award 20 outstanding Scholars with this unique prize next spring. 

I think I can speak for everyone in the Foundation community when I say that our Institute of Engaged Leadership in Yellowknife was an inspirational gathering built on learning and reflection. As we learned from one another, it was a time to explore both the beauty of Canada’s North, and take stock of forms of knowledge which can go overlooked in our academic pursuits. The Foundation’s resolve to work even harder to ensure Northern and Indigenous perspectives have an important place as we innovate our programs. 

This fall also saw the culmination of more than a year of consultation and vision-building in the adoption of the Foundation’s new Strategic Plan. Insights and ideas shared during the Future Forums and our Five Year Review drove the development of the roadmap for the Foundation’s priorities for the next five years, notably offering universities an additional tool to nominate potential future Scholars who will benefit most from our leadership training program. The Foundation’s “New Year, New Ideas” event will be taking place on Friday, January 17th, 2020. The purpose of this year’s gathering is to present and share the strategic plan with our community.

Finally, I would like to extend to every member of the Foundation community, as well as our partner and peer organizations, my sincerest wishes for a safe and peaceful holiday season, and a New Year full of hope. The words of author Gabrielle Roy can offer a little bit of inspiration: 

“Presque tous les humains, au fond, sont nos amis, pourvu qu'on leur laisse la chance, qu'on se remette entre leurs mains et qu'on leur laisse voir le moindre signe d'amitié. » 

Pascale Fournier
President & CEO

Community Spotlight

🌟 A book launch for 2016 Scholar Jesse Thistle was held at Massey College and moderated by 2017 Mentor Valerie Pringle. Jesse spoke about his journey from homelessness, to addiction, to higher education as he shared passages from his bestselling memoir From the Ashes.
Watch highlights from the discussion here

🌟 How do journalists know what they know? Who gets to decide what good journalism is and when it's done right? What sort of expertise do journalists have, and what role do they play in society?

2019 Fellow Candis Callison explores these questions in her new book (co-written by Mary Lynn Young): Reckoning: Journalism’s Limits and Possibilities.
🌟 2016 Fellow Nancy Turner will be speaking at the Reconciling Ways of Knowing: Indigenous Knowledge and Science symposium which takes place in Winnipeg from May 25th to 27th, 2020. 
The Symposium provides an opportunity to build greater understanding between the Western scientific and Indigenous knowledge paradigms, to better incorporate Indigenous knowledge into stewardship policy and decision-making processes; ensure the ability of our lands, waters, and resources to provide for us now and for generations to come; and build a relationship amongst Indigenous Peoples and Canada in which the different ways of being and knowing are equitably recognized and respected.
🌟 Are you a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, Fellow, Mentor, or member of the Alumni community who has a publication or news to share?
Let us know!

PETF Community Impact

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation promotes research and public dialogue on four themes that are critical to our collective future: human rights and dignity, people in their natural environment, Canada and the world, and responsible citizenship.

2019 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar Abigail Curlew is a journalist, doctoral researcher, and trans feminist who specializes in advocacy around LGBTQ+ human rights, surveillance studies, and research around social media, doxxing, and trolls. In this first-hand piece, she considers the dangerous political trends that have captured the everyday lives of trans folks across the United States and Canada.

With your help, we can continue to support a community of people whose research and public engagement play an important role in helping to build a better world. 
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