Latest news from the Foundation


Who will be the Foundation's next fellows?

The call for 2018 fellowship nominations is now open. Our fellows contribute to the Foundation's intellectual leadership. They are intellectuals who are recognized for their productivity, their commitment to communicating their findings to the public, and their ability to devise innovative solutions to some of the major issues facing society. Check online for more details and start preparing your submission. +

Recent event

Indigenous peoples’ land rights and the role of ethnoecology and ethnobotany

Indigenous peoples' land rights in Canada have been disputed in past years -- both on the ground and in the courts. How might ethnoecology and ethnobotany help situate Indigenous land use and advance reconciliation in this country? Organized by 2015 fellow and ethnobotanist Nancy Turner at the University of Victoria from 2 to 5 May 2017, a symposium on this subject allowed participants to discuss new directions for land and resource planning and decision-making in British Columbia, across Canada and beyond. The video is now available online. +


Legal weed: An accidental solution to the opioid crisis? 

Stephanie Lake, 2017 scholar, The Conversation.

Shedding our false sense of virtue

Wendell Adjetey, 2014 scholar, The Walrus. 

In cases of sexual violence, justice can come from outside the courts

Daniel Del Gobbo, 2017 scholar, The Star. +

Rethinking federalism with Indigenous peoples

Jean Leclair, 2013 fellow, LaPresse+.

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Make the most of the Foundation's Public Interaction Program

Do you have a project idea? The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s Public Interaction Program (PIP) seeks to foster a community of citizens active in research and public engagement. Working from the premise that the complex issues facing Canada and the world today require perspectives from different sectors and disciplines, the Foundation funds initiatives and events proposed by scholars, fellows, and mentors who are interested in opening up spaces for dialogue and collaboration.
All active and alumni members of the Foundation community may apply for funding as a means of working with other members of the Foundation and with external stakeholders and experts in order to further the impact of their research. 

Revitalizing Anishinaabe law

As part of the Foundation’s targeted areas of inquiry initiative, 2014 scholar Aaron Mills received Foundation support in 2016-2017 to carry out a project entitled Revitalizing Anishinaabe Innakonigewin. The aim of this community-based and community-led project, grounded in Couchiching First Nation, was to revitalize Indigenous constitutional and legal systems that have been suppressed through colonialism. The project’s final sharing circle took place in April, and in a recent report to the Foundation, Mills reflected on the successes and challenges he and the project faced.

Pre annual conference in Montreal

Two workshops will take place in Montréal on 14 and 15 November, immediately preceding the Foundation’s annual conference.
On Tuesday 14 November, a one-day workshop will bring fellows and alumni scholars of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation community together to kick-start a national conversation on the value of publicly engaged scholarship in the academy. Hiring, promotion, tenure - all will be on the table as we explore ways to encourage relevant, socially grounded research and engagement. See the program here.
On Wednesday 15 November, come discuss ethical issues in social science research. In preparation for this worshop, answer this survey on what you think are the most important ethical issues in social science research (deadline: 1 September). Answer the short survey now.

Two opportunities to join our team

The Foundation is looking for an Assistant – Outreach and Governance, and a Program Officer – Fellowships and Mentorships. Spread the word. 

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Mark Your Calendars!

> Opening the 2018 doctoral scholarship competition
1 September 2017 | Online

> Conference on End-of-Life Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice
13-15 September | Halifax, Nova Scotia

> Deadline for the 2018 mentorship nominations
15 September 2017 | Online

> Announcing the 2017 fellows
19 September | Online

> Big Thinking lecture on the diversity dividend
21 September | Ottawa, Ontario

> Five lessons for fordward-looking foundations
18 October | Montréal, Québec

> Valuing engaged scholarship (Foundation community only)
14 November | Montréal, Québec

> Ethical issues in social science research (Foundation community only)
15 November | Montréal, Québec

> 14th annual Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation conference
15-17 November | Montréal, Québec

> Victoria Forum: Canada @150, Promoting Diversity & Inclusion
17-20 November | Victoria, British Columbia

> Deadline for the 2018 general and visiting research fellowship applications
4 December 2017 | Online

> Deadline for the 2018 scholarship applications 
8 December 2017 | Online

> Summer Institute (Foundation community only)
3-6 June 2018 | Newfoundland

> Summer Institute, optional visit (Foundation community only)
7-10 June 2018 | Labrador

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