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The Indigenous future imaginary: Register now

On Wednesday 15 November at 6 pm, join us in Montréal, Quebec at the opening dinner of Essential Ideas, the Foundation's annual forum, when Steven Loft from the Canada Council for the Arts will interview three Indigenous artists from Quebec about their visions of an Indigenous future. How will Indigenous cultures, worldviews, and practices look in 300 years? Why is it important to envision Indigenous peoples in a science-fiction perspective? See the artists' work, hear their visions, and ask them questions of your own.

Our speakers:
  • Jason Edward Lewis, Professor, Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary, Concordia University; 2014 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow
  • Samian, Anishinabe Musical Artist, Actor, Photographer, and Wapikoni Mobile Spokesperson
  • Skawennati, Kanien’kehá:ka Artist
Our moderator:
  • Steven Loft, Director, Indigenous Arts, Canada Council for the Arts; 2010 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow
Full program and registration +

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Diversity and economic prosperity by Bessma Momani and Jillian Stirk [video]

What is the relationship between diversity and economic prosperity? On 21 September, 2015 fellow Bessma Momani and 2015 mentor Jillian Stirk presented the findings and policy recommendations of a year-long research project that showed a positive correlation between workplace diversity, revenue, and productivity in Canadian companies. Their Trudeau / Big Thinking Lecture is now available online.

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Fixing the lack of access to civil court

Gerard Kennedy, 2016 scholar, The Walrus. +

Food waste in Canada

Interviews of Tammara Soma, 2014 scholar, and Evan Fraser, 2014 fellow, The Globe and Mail. 

Canada’s low-end migrant worker programs

Interview of Anelyse Weiler, 2015 scholar, The Star. +

On China riding into Oceania

Cleo Paskal, 2015 fellow, Chatham House. +

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Survey: 2017-2019 Public Interaction Program events

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation organizes events that offer opportunities and learning to the Foundation's community. We are currently envisioning our programming for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 and would like to hear from our scholars, fellows, and mentors. Please answer our questionnaire no later than Tuesday 24 October.

Your picture is worth our thousand words

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation would love high-quality photos of your engagement or field research to illustrate our 2016-2017 annual report. Please send photos taken between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 to before 31 October. Be sure to add the photo credit.

Vathsala Illesinghe’s tips for winning a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholarship

If you are applying for a 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau doctoral scholarship, read on! Vathsala Illesinghe, Ryerson University’s first Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholar, discloses how to stand out in this competitive selection process. Among other nuggets, Illesinghe notes that “everyone has a unique personal narrative, and recognizing how those experiences inform our work, and demonstrating the passion that it brings to accomplish something broader and bigger than a PhD thesis, is… key in being successful.” +

How to cheat death: Tim Caulfield explains

2013 fellow Timothy Caulfield is known nationally for debunking myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector. Now he is adding a string to his bow by hosting the six-part documentary series “A User’s Guide to Cheating Death” on VisionTV. In the series, Caulfield takes a closer look at people’s willingness to do whatever it takes to live longer and look better – experimenting on himself in the process. The final episode airs Monday 23 October at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT. +

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Mark Your Calendars!

> Book launch "Hunting the Northern Character" by Tony Penikett
23 October | Montréal, Quebec

> Canada's Impact on Global Food Security
4 November | Ottawa, Ontario

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

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

> Essential Ideas, the Foundation's annual forum
15-17 November | Montréal, Quebec

> 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 doctoral 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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