Next week: Do religious minorities face bias in Canadian courts?

A newsletter from one of our fellow organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Next week: “Studying Religious Symbols and Bias in Court Proceedings”
  • It’s poppy season – get yours from Canadian Studies!
  • In the News: Trudeau promises climate action at international summit
  • William Lyon Mackenzie King Fellowships at Harvard
  • First European summer school in Canadian Studies in Austria
  • External events:
  • Canadian films at American Indian Film Festival
  • Remembrance Day Ceremony
  • Stanford Live presents: Indigenous country-folk musician William Prince
Studying Religious Symbols and Bias in Court Proceedings
November 9 | 12:30 pm | 223 Moses Hall | RSVP here
Canadian Studies Sproul Fellow Nicholas A. R. Fraser will discuss research that examines bias against religious minorities within Canadian judicial procedures. Using original experimental data gathered in collaboration with Colton Fehr (Simon Fraser University), Dr. Fraser will use the example of courtroom oaths as a window into how Canadian cultural expectations can subtly affect an immigrant’s experience of “integration.”
Nicholas A. R. Fraser is a John R. Sproul Research Fellow with the Canadian Studies Program. He is a political scientist specializing in the impact of organizational culture on policy application. He holds M.A.s from the University of British Columbia and Waseda University (Japan), and received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where he was previously an associate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
This event will be held in-person at UC Berkeley; however, a live webcast will be available for those who would prefer to attend virtually. Please RSVP for more details.
It’s Poppy Season – Get Yours from Canadian Studies!
Every year, from the last Friday of October to November 11, tens of millions of Canadians wear a poppy as a visual pledge to honour Canada’s Veterans. In partnership with Royal Canadian Legion US Branch #25, the Canadian Studies Program is honoured to serve as an official distributor of red poppies. Interested persons may pick up their poppies at our office in 213 Moses Hall on the UC Berkeley campus, weekdays between 9am-5pm. While the poppy is free, the Legion gratefully accepts donations towards their Poppy Fund, which directly supports Canadian veterans and their families. Learn more about the Poppy Campaign here.
PM Trudeau Promises Climate Action at International Summit
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced a raft of new measures meant to cut down on Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions in a effort to combat climate change. The plans were announced at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.
A central pillar of Trudeau’s plan is encouraging a global phase-out of coal power as soon as possible. To that end, the Prime Minister announced plans to end exports of Canadian coal by 2030, and accelerate the closure of coal-fired power plants in Canada. He pledged $185 million to support Canadian workers and communities affected by this phase-out. Furthermore, Trudeau announced investments of up to $1 billion in global projects to assist low- and middle-income countries transition away from coal power. Finally, he announced plans to work with leaders in Canada’s oil and gas industry to create a path to net-zero emissions by 2050. Canada had previously committed to becoming carbon-neutral as part of the 2015 Paris Climate Accords.
The Glasgow conference is the most significant international climate conference since the Paris conference of 2015. Twenty-five thousand delegates from over 200 countries are attending; these include 120 heads of state, among them US president Biden. Despite being a major player in oil and gas, Canada is viewed as a global leader in the fight against climate change and is expected to take a key role in negotiations.
William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellowships
Application deadline: December 3, 2021.
The Canada Program at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs invites applications for the William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellowships. Two fellows will be appointed for the 2022–2023 academic year, with the possibility of extending for one additional year. The fellowships provide an annual stipend of $68,000, which is supplemented by funding for research and for individual health insurance coverage. The fellows will be required to teach one course during the year, and will be expected to engage with the Canada Program and with the University’s wider community.
Please click here for more information, or click here to apply.
First European Summer School in Canadian Studies
Application deadline: March 5, 2022
The Canadian Studies Centres of the Universities of Innsbruck and Vienna are organising the first European Summer School in Canadian Studies, which will take place in Austria from July 25 to August 5, 2022. The ESSCS is intended for Master (Bachelor’s degree completed) and doctoral students. The teaching staff are highly renowned specialists from Canada, Germany, and Austria representing the following fields: (English and French) literary and cultural studies, indigenous studies, media studies, language policy, history, cultural geography, political science and economics, intersectional and gender studies, and mountain studies.
Click here to learn more and apply, or contact
American Indian Film Festival, Season 46
November 5-13 | Online | Buy tickets
Several films by Indigenous Canadians will be screened at this year’s American Indian Film Festival. The films include: Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy; Evan’s Drum; Nalujuk Night; Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again; and The Lake Winnipeg Project. Films are available to stream on-demand online beginning November 5. The AIFF is a project of the San Francisco-based American Indian Film Institute, which seeks to foster understanding and appreciation of the cultures and issues of contemporary Native people and develop audiences for voices historically excluded from mainstream cinema.
Remembrance Day Ceremony
November 11 | 10:00 am | Petaluma, CA
Join US Branch 25 of the Royal Canadian Legion (representing the San Francisco Bay Area) for their annual Remembrance Day Service from Liberty Cemetery in Petaluma, California. The annual service will be streamed live from the cemetery through Zoom webinar and can be watched by registering here.
Stanford Live Presents: William Prince
November 11 | 7:00 & 9:00 pm | Stanford University | Buy tickets
Enjoy an evening with Manitoba-based Indigenous Canadian folk and country musician William Prince in a special Stanford Live performance cosponsored by the Digital Moose Lounge. A singer-songwriter of magnitude, Prince has earned critical accolades for his synthesis of country and gospel music with acoustic guitar and messages about the human condition.
Please note that all attendees must wear a mask and bring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of attendance.
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213 Moses Hall #2308
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