Catch up with our 2017 scholars

published on July 17, 2017 in Trudeau Foundation

From reimagining physicians training to changing how the legal system deals with Indigenous land claims, the outstanding research of our 2017 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholars is crucial, ground-breaking, and already getting noticed. Delve into stories, interviews, and discussions sparked worldwide by their cutting-edge work in the humanities and social sciences. Here is a roundup of stories spanning from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador:

The University of Victoria is home to two Foundation scholars this year. Ryan Tonkinis examining the philosophical and legal justifications for tax proposals aimed at alleviating income inequality in Canada’s democratic, multicultural context. Watch the first Foundation scholar from UVic’s Department of Philosophy discuss his experiences as a student and his commitment to the community. Ryan Beaton wants to change how the legal system deals with Indigenous land claims. He is analyzing the role Canadian courts have played in attempting to reconcile the prior existence of Indigenous societies with assertions of Crown sovereignty. Read more about them in this University of Victoria article.

Not far away, the University of British Columbia proudly spread the word about its two Foundation scholars. While they come from different faculties, both scholarship recipients conduct research relating to the health and wellbeing of Canadians. Stephanie Lake‘s research investigates how the medical use and legalization of cannabis might positively impact the ongoing opioid overdose crisis affecting British Columbia and the rest of Canada. Check out her interviews on her department website, the UBC School of Population and Public Health and on the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS’ newsletter. For his part, Brett Schrewe, a practicing pediatrician and the first Foundation scholar from UBC’s Department of Educational Studies, is drawing upon the history and design of medical education to re-imagine physician training with the goal of realizing the Canada Health Act’s inherent promise of health equity. Read Brett’s interview in the article published by UBC Graduate Studies. Learn more about both students in another article published by UBC.

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