The Robin P. Armstrong Memorial Prize for Excellence in Indigenous Studies
The Armstrong Memorial Prize recognizes and promotes excellence in applied research related to First Nation/Aboriginal/Indigenous peoples in Canada. It was established to commemorate the contribution of Robin P. Armstrong to research on Aboriginal issues within the government of Canada and the CAG. The prize is drawn from a fund established in Robin Armstrong's memory with donations from the Armstrong family, individuals who wished to commemorate Robin in this way, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and Statistics Canada.
The Indigenous Peoples Working Group (IPWG) of the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) was pleased to award the first Armstrong Memorial Prize in 2002 to Dr. Kathleen Wilson for her Ph.D. dissertation entitled "The Role of Mother Earth in Shaping the Health of Anishinabek: A Geographical Exploration of Culture, Health and Place."
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The Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG), Statistics Canada, and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) award the Robin P. Armstrong Memorial Prize for Excellence in Indigenous Studies to a graduate student in Geography or First Nations/Indigenous Studies for the best Master's or Ph.D. thesis on a research topic related to First Nations/Aboriginal/Indigenous peoples and issues in Canada.
This Award Was Established To:
-recognize and promote excellence in applied research on related to First Nations/Aboriginal/Indigenous peoples in Canada;
-commemorate the contribution of Robin P. Armstrong in undertaking and promoting excellence in geographical research and quantitative analysis on aboriginal issues within the government of Canada and the CAG, and in helping to found the Indigenous Peoples Working Group (formerly the Native Canadians Specialty Group) of the CAG.
The Prize Includes:
-a cash prize of $1,000, based on the funds available in the Robin P. Armstrong Memorial Fund;
-an opportunity to present a paper during a special Indigenous Peoples Working Group session at the CAG conference (or one of the regional CAG conferences);
-nation-wide publication of the winner's name on the Statistics Canada and CAG Web sites
All students who, in the previous two calendar years, have completed a Master's or PhD thesis in First Nations/Indigenous Studies or Geography on research related to First Nations/Aboriginal/Indigenous peoples in Canada.
NOTE: Any student who holds CAG membership in the year prior to the meeting as well as the year in which the meeting takes place is also eligible to apply for a CAG travel grant to present a paper at the annual meeting of the CAG according to the current rules and deadlines of the grant. Deadline for the CAG Travel Grant Application is Feb 15 of each year. It is strongly suggested that students members apply for the travel grant at the same time they apply for the award in order to meet the deadline.
How to Apply
Students must submit
1. a cover letter
2. curriculum vitae, and
3. an abstract (1000-1500 words) that outlines
-the issue or question studied
-review of related literature
-the design or methodology
-findings, statistical results and conclusions
-a statement of significance
Applications should be sent by e-mail no later than January 15 to:
Dr. Monica E. Mulrennan
Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment
1455 de Maisonneuve West,
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8
tel: 514-848-2424 ext 2055
Selection Criteria Include
-significance of the issue
-conceptualization, design and execution of the study
-quality of the results
-potential for improving theory, and
-general clarity, insight and originality of the work.
Extra merit will be given for research that involves quantitative data analysis, and in particular, the use of Statistics Canada and AANDC data concerning Aboriginal peoples and issues.
For more information, contact:
University of Saskatchewan
Assisted Human Reproduction Canada
Assistant Director, Aboriginal Statistics Program
Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division