27 April 2016

Every year since 2005, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation has organized a summer institute, inviting all Trudeau scholars, fellows, and mentors to gather for five days of reflection and collaboration. The Foundation’s 11th Summer Institute be the first in Northern Canada and will run from 15 to 20 May on the territories of the Kwanlin Dün and Ta’an Kwäch’än First Nations in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Another first this year are two days of field visits and thematic meetings with local counterparts designed to allow the parties to learn about each other’s projects and challenges, exchange knowledge and ideas, and explore areas of possible collaboration.

It is in this spirit that the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations communities will welcome a group to learn about the evolution of traditional culture and self-governance. Other Foundation members will take part in the Yukon Food Security Roundtable to discuss food security and food sovereignty in the North. Yukon College will welcome a group to discuss Canadian Indigenous peoples’ relationships to land in the North while the Yukon Supreme Court and Teslin Tlingit First Nation's Peacemaker Court will host those interested in the administration of justice. Another group has organized two days of dialogue on challenges, promising practices and collaboration for improvement around Yukon youth. And still others will explore how geopolitical, geoeconomic, and geophysical changes are affecting the Yukon’s relations with Canada and the world.

In addition to these thematic meetings, some 110 scholars, fellows, and mentors will take part in two and a half days of panels, speeches, workshops, and networking during which they will learn about Yukon’s major issues and take part in a “blanket exercise” (educational and participatoryactivity) on the subject of colonialism and residential schools.

It will all kick off with a celebration of Yukon Francophonie Day, followed by an update on the 2014 and 2015 Trudeau fellows’ projects and the targeted areas of inquiry. Finally, during a gala ceremony, the Trudeau community will celebrate and honour 2012 scholars, 2013 fellows and 2014 mentors who will exchange their status of active members to alumni of the Foundation community.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation would like to thank the communities that are so warmly welcoming us. Special thanks go to Jennifer Jones (2015 scholar), Keith Halliday, and Jerald Sabin, who spared no efforts to produce an institute that promises to be rich in exchanges and local experiences.

These events have been designed especially for Foundation community members and a few invited specialists.

Check out the program