Learning and Integration Collection from the 2021 Fellows and Mentors on Language, Culture and Identity

Language and languages are at the heart of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s 2021–2024scientific cycle. We will pay particular attention in this cycle to the close links that can be made between language, culture and identity as we explore, in an interdisciplinary, and at times intersectional manner, issues and debates on this theme. As such, this theme challenges Scholars to address important questions at the intersection of language, culture and identity.

This includes profound questions about how modern society can better accommodate linguistic pluralism and identity politics associated with it. This subject also invites the question of whether other countries, which are also trying to recognize the importance of linguistic pluralism and its place in increasingly multicultural contexts, may learn from the language policy frameworks of countries such as Canada, South Africa or Spain.

The contemporary multidisciplinary issues related to language and languages are numerous. First, there is the need to preserve linguistic diversity. In Canada, we also encounter issues such as bilingualism, multilingualism and everything that is found in the spaces and interstices of what are called official languages.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation sincerely hopes that this compendium of learning and integration of the Language, Culture & Identity scientific cycle, brilliantly informed by the individual but complementary views of Fellows and Mentors of the 2021 cohort, will allow our Scholars, to deepen and broaden their reflection, and possibly their future research.

We invite you to discover this collection, available here. Compendium on Language, Culture and Identity 

We would like to express our gratitude to our Fellows Stéphanie ChouinardFrançois LarocqueLorna Wanost’s A7 WilliamsRobert Blair and our Mentors, Karine AsselinJulius GreyEmmanuel Kattanthe Honourable Aldéa LandryAzola Zuma Mayekiso and Gabrielle Scrimshaw Sagalov

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Stéphanie Chouinard

  • Fellow 2021
Dr. Stéphanie Chouinard is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Royal Military College (Kingston) and Queen's…
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François Larocque

  • Fellow 2021
François Larocque is professor of Law at the University of Ottawa and has published in the areas of philosophy of law, Canadian legal history,…
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Lorna Williams

  • Fellow 2021
Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams is the first director of the University of Victoria's Indigenous education program
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Robert Blair

  • Fellow 2021
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Karine Asselin

  • Mentor 2021
  • Alumni
Ms. Asselin served as Canada's Ambassador to the Republic of Panama from 2015 to 2018. Recently, she has held senior management positions in the…
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Julius Grey

  • Mentor 2021
Julius Grey is a renowned lawyer with more than 40 years of experience and practice in several areas of law, notably in human rights and freedom and…
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Emmanuel Kattan

  • Mentor 2021
  • Alumni
Emmanuel  Kattan  is a Doctor of Philosophy and Politics and a former Rhodes Scholar who works to foster collaborations between  academic communities…
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Aldéa Landry

  • Mentor 2021
  • Alumni
The Honourable Aldéa Landry is a former politician, a business owner, a volunteer and an advocate for numerous causes. She is the former Chancellor…
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Azola Zuma Mayekiso

  • Mentor 2021
Azola Zuma Mayekiso began her career as Associate Investment Consultant with Alexander Forbes Financial Services in 2003. She holds an MA in…
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Gabrielle Scrimshaw Sagalov

  • Mentor 2021
  • Alumni
Gabrielle Scrimshaw Sagalov has an MBA from Stanford and is a Gleitsman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.  A proud…