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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. 

Recent events


The 2017 Summer Institute: Curiosity and Commitment

The 12th edition of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Summer Institute took place this year from 7 to 11 May on beautiful Treaty 1 territory, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Designed to help Foundation community members refine their understanding of Canada and its dynamics, the Foundation’s institutes gather some 100 scholars, fellows, and mentors in a different province or territory each year. Open to members of the Foundation’s community, this year’s Summer Institute explored some of the major issues and local characteristics of the Winnipeg area, and gave Foundation community members the opportunity to learn from each other’s interests and work.

First Media Training Workshop

On 6-7 May 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation organized its first-ever media training seminar to train scholars for interviews and to encourage them to disseminate their research in the media. Fifteen experts in journalism and communications shared their experience and generously provided useful tips on how to give a good broadcast interview, what reporters want to know from researchers, what are the best strategies of being visible online, etc. Scholars practiced implementing their advice by undergoing televised interviews in the studios of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. 


On Cultural Appropriation Debate: Apologies Insufficient

Interview with Aaron Mills, 2014 scholar, The Globe and Mail.

We Need Alternatives to Solitary Confinement

Lisa Kerr, 2012 scholar, The Globe and Mail and The Current. 

Reflections on Psychological Suffering and Medically Assisted Death

Samuel Blouin, 2016 scholar, Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal’s research group. + 

Reducing the Suicide Rate in Transgender Communities

Ido Katri, 2016 scholar, Haaretz. + 

The need to understand the experiences of drug users

Interview with Daniel Werb, 2012 scholar, We are Canada, CBC. + 

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Kent Roach Wins 2017 Molson prize

2013 fellow Kent Roach was awarded the social sciences and humanities Molson prize by the Canada Council for the Arts for his contributions to legal scholarship, his pro-bono work for Indigenous and civil liberties groups, his part in the Air India and Goudge Inquiries, and his work as counsel in numerous landmark Supreme Court of Canada cases. 

John Borrows Honoured with National Killam Prize

2006 fellow John Borrows won the Canada Council for the Arts’ Killam prize in the social sciences category for his significant work furthering our knowledge of Indigenous legal traditions and restoring their place alongside Canadian common law.

Caulfield Nominated for Digital Publishing Award

2013 fellow Tim Caulfield was named a finalist of the 2017 Digital Publishing Awards in the “best blog or online-only column” category for his regular Policy Options column The Cure, which discusses popular health myths. The winners will be presented on 1 June in Toronto. 

Deschamps and Downie Appointed to Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying

The Council of Canadian Academies has named an expert panel to conduct independent reviews on issues related to medically assisted death, to be chaired by 2015 mentor Marie Deschamps, and of which 2015 fellow Jocelyn Downie will be part. + 

U2 to Feature Poetry of George Elliott Clarke on Worldwide Tour

Irish rock band U2 will project on giant screens two poems of the poet laureate of the Canadian Parliament and 2005 Foundation fellow George Elliott Clarke. One poem is a tribute to Leonard Cohen, while the other was written in response to the shooting at a Quebec City Mosque in January 2017 which left six dead and many more injured. 

Our Community at 2017 Congress 

Several members of the Foundation community will take part in the 86th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, which will take place at Ryerson University from 27 May to 2 June on the theme of “The next 150": fellows Jocelyn Létourneau and George Elliott Clarke, scholars Andréanne LeBrun, Aytak Akbari-Dibavar, Caroline Lieffers, Cherry Smiley, Mélanie Millette, Bailey Gerrits, and mentor James Bartleman

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Mark Your Calendars!

> Annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Toronto
27 May to 2 June | Toronto, Ontario

> Timeline 150: Québec, Canada, and the Weight of History
29 May | Toronto, Ontario

> Engaged scholarship, an Engaged Career: Reaching Beyond Academia
30 May | Toronto, Ontario

> Reforming Criminal Justice and National Security
30 May | Toronto, Ontario

> Wendell Adjetey speaks at Walrus Talks: We Desire a Better Country
31 May | Toronto, Ontario

> 3rd Food Systems Lab
6-7 June | Toronto, Ontario

> Announcement of the 2017 Scholars
8 June | Online

> Understanding Washington D.C.: Change, Research and Institutions (Foundation community only)
12-13 June | Washington, USA

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

> Announcement of the 2017 Fellows
19 September | Montréal, Québec and online

> Big Thinking Lecture on Diversity Dividend
26 September | Ottawa, Ontario

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

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