Prix du Canada

Quand les débats sur les taxes dévoilent les inégalités sociales

Lorsqu’il est question de taxes, la croyance populaire veut que la majorité des gens s’entendent sur une chose : les autres ne paient pas leur juste part comparativement à ce qu’ils devraient payer en impôts.

Les Canadiens de la première heure n’ont pas échappé à cette impression, c’est en partie ce qu’on apprend dans un livre lauréat du Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et sociales 2018 : Tax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History of Canada, 1867-1917 signé par Elsbeth A. Heaman, professeure d’histoire à...

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How debate about taxation reveals social inequality

When it comes to taxes, there is a widespread popular belief that we all agree on one thing: others don’t pay their fair share of income tax.

The feeling was much the same among early Canadians, as we learn from reading Tax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History of Canada, 1867-1917. The book, by Elsbeth A. Heaman, a professor of history at McGill University, won a 2018 Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Power struggles between the inhabitants of Upper and Lower Canada regarding taxes...

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Des crimes qui en disent long sur notre société

Qu’ont en commun « la Corriveau », le « docteur l’Indienne » et les « brigands du Cap-Rouge »? Ils ont tous été consacrés criminels célèbres et ont nourri l’imaginaire social du Québec du 19e et 20e siècle.

Publié par Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, le livre La communauté du dehors. Imaginaire social et crimes célèbres au Québec (XIXe – XXe siècle) d’Alex Gagnon, stagiaire postdoctoral à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, explique comment ces crimes considérés célèbres ont contribué à l’imaginaire social...

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Crimes that tell us much about our society

What do “La Corriveau,” “Dr. l’Indienne” and the “brigands of Cap-Rouge” have in common? All were celebrated criminals who captured the popular imagination in 19th- and 20th-century Quebec.

La communauté du dehors. Imaginaire social et crimes célèbres au Québec (XIXe – XXe siècle) (the outlier community – collective imagination and famous crimes in 19th- and 20th-century Quebec) by Alex Gagnon, a postdoctoral fellow at Université du Québec à Montréal, published by Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, relates how...

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La ministre des Sciences, Kirsty Duncan, assiste au plus grand Congrès des sciences humaines à ce jour

Gauri Sreenivasan, directrice des politiques et programmes, Fédération des sciences humaines

La ministre des Sciences, Kirsty Duncan, a honoré de sa présence le plus grand Congrès des sciences humaines à ce jour. L’événement, qui s’est déroulé du 27 mai au 2 juin à l’Université Ryerson, a attiré plus de 10 000 congressistes. Madame la ministre a prononcé un discours et procédé à la remise des Prix du Canada lors d’une cérémonie tenue le dimanche 28 mai.

Profitant de cette première grande occasion de s’adresser directement au milieu des sciences humaines, Mme Duncan a énoncé un message clair : les sciences humaines sont essentielles à la réussite à long terme du Canada.

Le message de la ministre a été très bien accueilli par le milieu,...

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Science Minister Kirsty Duncan attends largest ever Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Gauri Sreenivasan, Director, Policy and Programs, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, attended the largest ever Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences that took place from May 27 to June 2 at Ryerson University, with over 10,000 in attendance. She offered remarks and awarded the 2017 Canada Prizes at a ceremony on Sunday, May 28.

This was Minister Duncan’s first major occasion since taking office to speak directly to the humanities and social sciences community, and her message was clear: the humanities and social sciences are disciplines key to Canada’s long term success.

This was a welcome message to our community, particularly at an event celebrating excellence in humanities and...

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Litigation and negotiation work together to advance Aboriginal rights, says professor

As a historian specializing in Aboriginal rights and history, Arthur J. Ray has often been called as an expert witness in court proceedings involving Aboriginal land claims.

After decades of research, and many appearances in court, Ray found himself wondering whether the adversarial legal arena was the best forum for settling Aboriginal rights issues. Wouldn’t it be better to negotiate these things instead?

In a new book that examines how native peoples’ rights are handled in five countries, Ray concludes that there’s no single, direct path to Aboriginal rights. What seems to work best, he says, is a mix of litigation and negotiation – tempered by an awareness on the part of everyone...

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Letters show women were politically engaged during the 1837-38 rebellions

In the 19th century, there was a sharp distinction between home life – a private domestic world that was essentially feminine – and the public life of business and politics, which was dominated by men.

In a new book, Mylène Bédard of Laval University demonstrates that the boundary between the two worlds was more permeable than it had been believed, particularly for women. By analyzing letters written by some of the women in the lives of the “Patriotes” – the leaders of the 1837-38 rebellions in Quebec – Bédard shows how these women were involved in the political world from which, officially, they were excluded.

Bédard’s book, Écrire en temps d’insurrections : Pratiques épistolaires et usages...

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Powerful Quebec families’ influence still felt today: author

Quebec’s social elite worked for decades to impose its values on Quebec society, and was successful to the point where even public spaces like churches, cemeteries and parks still shape our behaviour, says a McGill University historian.

Brian Young is the author of Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec: The Taschereaus and McCords, which has won the 2016 Canada Prize in the Humanities awarded by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The book follows two prominent families over the course of 150 years, from roughly 1780 to 1930.

The Taschereaus are French and Catholic; the McCords are English-speaking and Protestant. Both families followed a similar path: they parlayed important land holdings into money and influence, and worked hard to make sure each succeeding generation...

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Les connaissances des peoples autochtones montrent la voie de la durabilité écologique

Nancy Turner affirme que les connaissances acquises au fil des millénaires par les peuples autochtones montrent qu’il est possible de développer une approche durable à l’utilisation des ressources naturelles. Ces connaissances, dit-elle, ont permis à ces peuples de survivre et même de s’épanouir en dépit de changements climatiques aussi importants que la fin de la dernière époque glacière.

Mme Turner, une spécialiste en ethnobotanique, vient de gagner le Prix du Canada 2016 en sciences sociales pour un livre en deux tomes qui explore la connaissance des plantes que possèdent les peuples autochtones du nord-ouest de l’Amérique du Nord. Le prix est attribué par la Fédération des sciences humaines.

Intitulé Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous...

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