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Meet the 2018 mentors!

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation welcomes ten new mentors to its community: Nathalie Bondil, Mary Anne Chambers, Denise Chong, Graham Fraser, Andrea Goertz, Judith Marcuse, Stephen Kakfwi, André Picard, Neil Yeates, and Lynn Zimmer. Matched to the 2016 scholars, the new mentors will support the scholars by providing support, advice, experience, and the opportunity to expand their networks and open new horizons. Our 2018 mentors will also help the community as a whole meet some of the challenges facing Canada. Learn more about the 2018 mentors and the 2018 matchings+

New "How to Produce a Dynamic Panel" webseries

Have you ever sat through a long or uninformative panel? Whether you are organizing a panel for the first or the umpteenth time, your worst fear is to bore your audience or frustrate your guests. Watch the first five episodes of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation's ten-episode webseries and let Jennifer Petrela, director of content and strategic engagement, guide you through the tasks and questions to consider when producing a dynamic and memorable panel. +

Get ready for the 2018 Summer Institute

Get ready for the Summer Institute by reading the work of acclaimed author Lisa Moore, who will deliver the annual Roy L. Heenan Lecture on Wednesday 6 June. Also read the biography of 2009 mentor Saqamaw Mi'sel Joe, one of the "Five Issues for Newfoundland-and-Labrador" speakers on Tuesday 5 June. For more detailed information, please consult our working program. Kindly reserve your room before 2 April 2018 at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. After 2 April, the Foundation must release excess room capacity and rooms may no longer be available. Note that the Foundation only reimburses the cost of rooms at the room rate negotiated with the hotel. And please consider offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions generated by your travel. +


Karen Bakker: Anishinaabe Nibi Gathering

Sustainable water governance is critical for Indigenous communities grappling with access to safe water, and with associated health and livelihood issues, against the backdrop of climate change and resource extraction in northern Canada. 2017 Foundation fellow Karen Bakker will hold a learning-from-the-land Water Bush Camp from 24 to 27 May 2018 in Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba, as part of her Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation project. The goal is to form a collective of authors who will work on a multimedia trade book and online portal, Unceded Waters, that will narrate Indigenous water issues for the general public. +

The Foundation at Congress 2018

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation will be well represented at Congress 2018, held from 26 May to 1 June 2018 in Regina, Saskatchewan. On 28 May, The Foundation will hold a workshop on "Reaching a Broader Public: The How, When, and Why of Working With the Media" in partnership with The Conversation Canada. Come with your story and a pen to learn from the collaboration between 2015 scholar Caroline Lieffers, 2011 scholar Zoe Todd, and Vinita Srivastava, commissioning editor at The Conversation Canada. Also on 28 May, 2011 mentor Marie Wilson will explore "Diversity and Reconciliation" through the lens of her Truth and Reconciliation Commission experience in a Big Thinking lecture. Don't forget to put in your dates here to meet up with the Foundation community!

Claudia Mitchell: Circles Within Circles: Transnational Perspectives On Sexual Violence

In Canada and elsewhere, different “circles” – academia, governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and global organizations – engage in the fight against sexual violence. From 8 to 11 July 2018, 2017 Foundation fellow Claudia Mitchell proposes to create “circles within circles” by convening key players in the fight against sexual violence to a three-day think tank near Montréal, Québec. This event will be the first of four events arising out of Mitchell’s fellowship project at the Foundation. Read her invitation to Foundation community members; those interested in participating are invited to contact her by 31 May 2018. +

15th Annual Foundation Forum in Saskatoon

Join us in Saskatoon on 21-23 November 2018 for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s 15th annual forum. A combination of public conference and Foundation-only workshops, the event will feature a choice of thematic dinners on Thursday 22 November. Please contact Jennifer Petrela, director of content and strategic engagement, if you’d like to help organize a dinner that draws in local experts on a subject of interest to you. +

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Community Ties


Pushing Through the Cracks: Youth, Empathy, and Canadian Institutions

It is high time for a youth-based approach on social issues. This is the conclusion that 2015 scholar Rebeccah Nelems, 2017 scholar Sophie de Saussure, and 2016 scholar Anna Dion share in their work on Canadian youth's relationship to environmental and social justice, incarceration, and healthcare and parenthood, respectively. Read more about their research and recommandations in this month's article on the Foundation's community and achievements. + 

Use the PETF offices for your event

Ever wanted to organize an event in a beautiful yet practical space? The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation offices are available for community members to host their events. If interested, please contact Catalina Chew, administrative assistant (programs) at the Foundation. +


Public Interaction Program funding opportunities for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019

Do you have a project, workshop, or partnership idea? Funding is available for active and alumni members of the Foundation’s community through the Public Interaction Program, which supports work by Foundation members, external stakeholders, and experts that furthers the impact of Foundation-supported research. Targeted-area-of-inquiry projects, scholars' workshops, and partnerships are all eligible. To discuss or submit a proposal, please contact Jennifer Petrela, director of content and strategic engagement. +

Rita Deverell Named 2018 ACTRA Woman of the Year

On 6 March 2018, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) named 2011 Foundation mentor Rita Deverell the 2018 ACTRA National Woman of the Year. Just two days ahead of International Women’s Day, this nomination rewarded Deverell’s numerous artistic and advocacy achievements as well as her decades-long passion for supporting women and the under-represented in the Canadian audiovisual industry. “In addition to being a gifted artist, Rita is a trailblazer and role model who continues to inspire,” said ACTRA National President David Sparrow. Congratulations, Rita! +

Alain-G. Gagnon to head the CAP-CF at UQAM

Congratulations to 2010 Foundation fellow Alain-G. Gagnon, who will head the Centre d’analyse politique sur la constitution et le fédéralisme (CAP-CF) (information in French only) created on 12 March 2018 at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The first of its kind in Canada, the creation of the CAP-CF is part of Gagnon's third term (2017-2024) as Canada Research Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies. Gagnon asserted that "the constitutional silence characterizing the Canadian federation cannot be healthy for the establishment of a fair democracy," and that it was accordingly necessary to mobilize researchers and affirm the value of a Quebec perspective on research in Canadian federalism. +

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The Resistance of Black Canada: State Surveillance and Suppression

Wendell Adjetey, 2014 scholar, CBC Ideas. + 

New Zealand Risks “Strategic Nincompoop” Tag with Pacific Policy

Cleo Paskal, 2015 fellow, Scoop NZ and Quartz. +

Gender, Race and International Relations
Aytak Akbari-Dibavar, 2016 scholar, Routledge. +

Speaking Out on Humanity in the Medical World
Benjamin Gagnon Chainey, 2017 scholar, Radio Canada. +

How to Ensure More Women Run for Public Office
Leah Levac, 2007 scholar, The Conversation Canada. +

Canadian Arab Youth at the Border: Cultural Dissociation, Fear Management, and Disciplining Practices in Securitized Spaces
Bessma Momani, 2015 fellow, Journal of International Migration and Integration. +

From State To System: Financialization and the Water-Energy-Food-Climate Nexus
Jeremy Schmidt, 2009 scholar, Geoforum. +

Race and Discrimination in the Quebec Labour Force
Adelle Blackett, 2016 fellow, CBC The Current. +

Denouncing Quebec’s Stance on Indigenous Knowledge
Margarida Garcia, 2004 scholar, Jean Leclair, 2013 fellow, and Sophie Thériault, 2003 scholar, Le Devoir. +

Intimidation and democratic backsliding in Catalonia
Alain-G. Gagnon, 2010 fellow, Le Devoir. +

Reframing Secularist Premises: Divorce Among Traditionalist Muslim and Jewish Women Within the Secular State
Pascale Fournier, 2003 scholar, Secularism and Nonreligion. +

Militant Perspectives on Sharia Law Today
Jean-Michel Landry, 2009 scholar, UQAM Raoul-Dandurand Chair. +

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Mark Your Calendars!

> Unceded Waters: Anishinaabe Nibi Gathering
Fellowship project of Karen Bakker
24-27 May 2018 | Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba

> Recovering Indigenous Justice
Targeted area-of-inquiry project of René Provost
25-26 May 2018 | Montréal, Quebec

The Foundation at Congress 2018: Note your dates here to meet up in Regina!
26 May – 1 June 2018 | Regina, Saskatchewan

> Reaching a Broader Public: The How, When, and Why of Working With the Media Workshop at Congress 2018
28 May 2018 | Regina, Saskatchewan

> Marie Wilson on Diversity and Reconciliation at Congress 2018
28 May 2018 | Regina, Saskatchewan

> Summer Institute
3-6 June 2018 | St. John's, Newfoundland

> Summer Institute, optional add-on trip
7-10 June 2018 | Labrador

> Circles Within Circles: Transnational Perspectives on Sexual Violence
Fellowship project of Claudia Mitchell
8-11 July 2018 | Montréal, Québec

> 15th Annual Foundation Forum
21-23 November 2018 | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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