Currently supported projects

The idea behind the Foundation’s targeted areas of inquiry came about in late 2014, when the Foundation asked itself how it might better harness its efforts to multiply its impact. After consulting its community, the Foundation decided to support events and project in three targeted areas of inquiry: diversity, pluralism, and the future of citizenship; Indigenous relations in Canada; and water, energy, and food security.

TAI projects starting in 2017-2018

  • 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. Despite the diversity among Indigenous legal norms across Canada, there are commonalities in the values and approaches they embody as well as a shared aspiration towards self-governance. 2015 fellow René Provost is planning a two-day forum at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism of McGill University, in Montreal, in May 2018 on the emergence of Indigenous self-administered justice and its implications for the future of Indigenous citizenship in Canada. The forum will provide a space for First Nations to reflect on their experiences and challenges in taking ownership of their territories’ administration of justice.

TAI projects starting in 2016-2017

  • Revitalizing Indigenous law

2014 scholar Aaron Mills planned to work with the Anishinaabe community of Couchiching First Nation to revitalize constitutional and legal systems that have been suppressed in the past. Aaron and his colleagues have worked to revive the tradition of aadizokaanag (Anishinaabe legends), encode Anishinaabe law, and re-introduce Anishinaabe legal reasoning to community members.

  • Making sense of food waste

Tammara Soma, a 2014 scholar, planned to launch a food systems lab that would bring together stakeholders and experts together to create a better understanding of food waste and how to prevent it. Tammara hoped to foster national policies to support a sustainable food system that conserves water and energy, enhances ecosystems, and mitigates climate change. Watch the video recap of Food Systems Lab 1.

  • Canadian inclusion — the case of Muslim youth

2015 fellow Bessma Momani worked with 2014 scholar Tammara Soma on a project exploring Muslim youth’s experiences of integration in Canada. Over the course of an intensive 24-hour period, they engaged with Muslim youth about their civic lives in Canada before sharing their insights with policy-makers, academics, and the public to create a better understanding of such topics as Muslim-Canadian identity and Islamaphobia.

TAI projects starting in 2015-2016

  • Does diversity promote economic gain?

2015 fellow Bessma Momani and 2015 mentor Jillian Stirk organized a series of roundtables with stakeholders across the country as part of the Pluralism Project, a coast-to-coast investigation of the economic benefits of diversity in Canada.

  • Strengthening Northern food security

2015 scholar Anelyse Weiler, and 2013 scholar Sophia Murphy’s project was supporting organizations from Northern Canada working on food security by fostering North-South exchanges. Only when Northerners take part in solution-finding and advocacy alongside their Southern counterparts can true food security and sovereignty come about.

  • Shaping Canadian drug policy

Scholars Jennifer Peirce, Ayden Scheim, Claudia Stoicescu, Meaghan Thumath, and Daniel Werb organized the Canada Drug Futures Forum, a mechanism to bring experts and stakeholders together to discuss the future of Canadian drug policy, covering such issues as access to safe injection sites and the decriminalization of drugs other than marijuana.