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Register for the 2018 Summer Institute

The 2018 Summer Institute will take place in St. John's, Newfoundland, from Sunday 3 June to Wednesday 6 June 2018. Please fill this form before 18 March 2018 to register. Click here to register family members. Kindly note that this year’s Summer Institute is one day shorter than last year, in order to accommodate an optional add-on visit to Labrador from 7 to 11 June 2018. Click here for more information about the visit to Labrador. +

Storying Climate Change: Catriona Sandiland's Trudeau project

Climate change does not occur in a vacuum, much less a cultural vacuum. Quite the opposite, affirms 2016 fellow Catriona Sandilands, for whom stories are crucial elements of our responses to climate change. Catriona’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation project, Storying Climate Change, hopes to produce one of the public stories that climate change needs. The first stage of Catriona’s project will take place on Galiano Island, British Columbia, where climate experts, writers, and activists will meet from 8 to 11 March 2018 to brainstorm climate change stories. + 


Call for papers on private refugee sponsorship in Canada

Private refugee sponsorships – where groups of citizens volunteer to sponsor refugees who resettle in Canada – account for about half of refugee resettlement annually. With the support of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the Global Migration Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, Geoffrey Cameron and Shauna Labman will hold a two-day seminar in October 2018 at the University of Toronto on private refugee sponsorship in Canada. Read their call for papers here. The papers produced for the seminar will contribute to an edited academic volume to be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. +

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Community Ties


Going global: Scholars changing the game at international institutions

“At heart, I am a researcher. But I have also always wanted to be a change agent.” With these words, 2012 scholar Katrin Wittig expressed the feelings of a growing number of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholars who chose to pursue a career in an international institution over an academic position at home. Read more about Katrin’s path in this article by Jennifer Petrela, the Foundation’s director of content and strategic engagement, who also spoke to 2010 scholar Rosalind Raddatz, 2011 scholar Brent Loken, and 2009 scholar Simon Collard-Wexler. + 

Catalina's five tips to expedite your expense reimbursement

Ever wanted to know how to expedite your expense reimbursement claim at the Foundation? Catalina Chew, administrative assistant (programs) at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, gives you her five tips to make your reimbursement process as smooth and serene as possible. Hold onto you boarding pass! +



Key Takeaways from the Alumni Society Survey

The findings are in: 72% of alumni scholars, fellows, and mentors are ready to participate in or help organize events with the Trudeau Society – the Foundation’s alumni association – to facilitate networking and help their research reach a public audience. To learn more, read the survey report on the Society’s webpage. +

New targeted-area-of-inquiry project: Recovering Indigenous justice

From the Teslin Tlingit Peacemaker Court in Yukon to the Akwesasne Mohawk Court in Ontario-Quebec-New York, Indigenous communities are increasingly formalizing their own judicial practices and institutions. 2015 fellow René Provost is planning to hold a two-day forum at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism of McGill University, in May 2018 on the emergence of Indigenous self-administered justice and its implications for the future of Indigenous citizenship in Canada. The forum the Foundation's newest targeted-area-of-inquiry project will provide a space for First Nations to reflect on their experiences and challenges in taking ownership of their territories’ administration of justice. +

Carla Suarez a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow

Congratulations to 2012 Foundation scholar Carla Suarez, who joins 2013 scholar Sara Pavan as one of five 2017 Killam postdoctoral fellows. Carla joined the University of British Columbia’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs in January 2018 and examines the role of social ties in influencing combatants to demobilize and return to their communities in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. +

Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry Appointed Assistant Professor at McGill

2009 scholar Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry has been jointly appointed by the Faculty of Law at McGill University and the Institute for Health and Social Policy as assistant professor. 2003 scholar and Faculty of Law Dean Robert Leckey lauded Beaudry’s “exceptional talents as a scholar” and rejoiced at his future “leadership role in relation to disability studies at McGill.” +

Visiting World Bank projects in the field

Following up on meetings with Foundation personnel in December 2017, World Bank staff has offered to connect Foundation scholars with World Bank projects in the field. If you are visiting a country where the Bank has a project(s) that you would like to vist and/or volunteer for, please contact Jennifer Petrela, director of content and strategic engagement at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. Click here to learn about consultancies, internships, and staff positions at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. +

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Colten Boushie’s family should be upset: Our jury selection procedure is not fair

Kent Roach, 2013 fellow, The Globe and Mail. + 

More India and less China please

Cleo Paskal, 2015 fellow, The Sunday Guardian. +

Mixed Up: International Law and the Meaning(s) of ‘Mixed Migration’
Marina Sharpe, 2011 scholar, Refugee Survey Quarterly. +

Follow the Drinking Gourd: Our Road to Teaching Critical Race Theory and Slavery and the Law, Contemplatively
Adelle Blackett, 2016 fellow, McGill Law Journal. +

A message to Trump from Norway
Bessma Momani, 2015 fellow, and Jillian Stirk, 2015 mentor, The Globe and Mail. +

Düsseldorf exhibition on Max Stern mired in local politics
Sara Angel, 2012 scholar, Art News. +

Edging Forward: Achieving Sustainable Community Development
Ann Dale, 2004 fellow, Fernweh Press. +

Experiential Learning in the International Humanitarian Law classroom
Rebecca Sutton, 2014 scholar, Harvard Law School Case Studies Blog. +

Creating a Dialogue About Indigeneity in Quebecois Contemporary Art
Jason Lewis, 2014 fellow, Le Devoir and Concordia University Magazine. +

Bureaucratic Territory: First Nations, Private Property, and “Turn-Key” Colonialism in Canada
Jeremy Schmidt, 2009 scholar, Annals of the American Association of Geographers. +

Israel’s treatment of Eritrean and Sudanese migrants is shameful
René Provost, 2015 Trudeau fellow, The Globe and Mail.

Immigration Policies and Immigrant Women’s Vulnerability to Intimate Partner Violence in Canada
Vathsala Illesinghe, 2017 scholar, Journal of International Migration and Integration. +

Combining Academia and Family
Marie-Ève Desroches, 2016 scholar, Radio Canada. +

Strengthening Our Democracies to Fight Digital Electoral Interferences
Christopher Tenove, 2008 scholar, Policy Options. +

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Mark Your Calendars!

Storying Climate Change: Narrative, Imagination, Justice, Resilience
8-11 March 2018 | Galiano Island, BC

> Rethinking the Relationship between Spirituality and Reconciliation
8-9 March 2018 | Victoria, BC

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

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

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

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

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