8 August 2016

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is happy to announce that it has approved its second round of targeted-area-of-inquiry (TAI) projects. The three projects include an exploration of Indigenous law, a social innovation lab addressing food waste, and a dialogue on the inclusion of Muslim-Canadian youth.

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 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.

Aaron Mills

Aaron is examining the Anishnaabe legal tradition and how a revival of Indigenous legal orders will help Canadians to better understand Aboriginal issues.

2014 Scholars

Bessma Momani

Professor Bessma Momani is an expert on global economic governance issues, Canadian foreign policy, Arab Spring, Arab Canadians and Arab youth.

2018 Directors

Sophia Murphy

How do nations achieve food sovereignty? Sophia Murphy is exploring international and local mechanisms to improve food security. 

2013 Scholars

Jennifer Peirce

Jennifer Peirce (criminal justice, City University of New York) is exploring how prison governance reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last twenty years have influenced detention conditions and rehabilitation initiatives.

2015 Scholars

Ayden Scheim

Ayden is researching how marginalization impacts transgender people’s health in order to find strategies for intervention at the social and policy levels.

2014 Scholars

Tammara Soma

Tammara is studying the factors that influence food consumption and food wasting in urban Indonesia and ways to end the dumping of food waste in landfills.

2014 Scholars

Jillian Stirk

Retired after 30 years of service in the foreign service, she brings strategic expertise in foreign policy and multilateral negotiations.

2015 Mentors

Claudia Stoicescu

Ms. Stoicescu is investigating the trigger elements of sexual and injection-related HIV risk behaviours among women who use drugs and marginalized women in Indonesia.

2014 Scholars

Meaghan Thumath

Meaghan Thumath (social policy and intervention, University of Oxford) is a public health and outreach nurse seeking to understand the effects of child removal on marginalized women in Canada.

2015 Scholars

Anelyse Weiler

Anelyse Weiler (sociology, University of Toronto) wants to understand how the perspectives of migrant farmworkers in North America on environmental, health, and equity issues can inform local and international efforts to realize more sustainable food systems.

2015 Scholars

Daniel Werb

Daniel is an epidemiologist and policy analyst with expertise working in the fields of HIV, addictions, and drug policy.

2012 Scholars