27 November 2017

On 15-17 November in Montréal, 160 people attended Essential Ideas, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s 14th annual forum. Five plenary bilingual sessions and 18 break-out sessions maximized interactions and learning among citizens, decision makers, thinkers, and practitioners.

The importance of the Indigenous Future Imaginary

How will Indigenous cultures, worldviews, and practices look in 300 years? Why is it important to envision Indigenous peoples in a science-fiction perspective? Watch the video of the forum’s opening dinner as 2011 Foundation fellow Steven Loft from the Canada Council for the Arts interviews three Indigenous artists from Quebec  -- 2014 fellow Jason Edward Lewis, Samian, and Skawennati -- about their vision for an Indigenous future imaginary.


A nod to Montréal’s rich Indigenous heritage with white pines as a centerpiece

The forum in pictures

Here is a quick photo/tweet montage on rich interactions about the reinvention of Montréal; youth and conflict in the 21st century; journalism, data and democracy; and the emergence of extremism.

Valuing engaged and ethical scholarship

What are some of the ethical challenges of conducting research in the social sciences and humanities? What is the value of publicly engaged scholarship in the academy? These questions were at the heart of two workshops that preceded the forum. Read Policy Options article.