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2021 Symons Medal Lecture to Focus on Immigration, the Pandemic and the Law 

-The Honourable Louise Arbour to deliver the lecture on October 29- 

One of Canada’s most experienced international law experts will give her take on the state of Canadian Confederation on October 29 as the recipient of the 2021 Symons Medal.  

The Honourable Louise Arbour, CC, GOQ, is a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, a former Supreme Court Justice, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and is currently leading an external review of sexual misconduct in the Canadian military. 

“Madame Arbour is one of Canada’s most respected and sought-after national and international law experts, and a most deserving recipient of the Symons Medal,” says Robert Sear, Chair of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust. “We look forward to hearing her views on how our country has changed, and what may lie ahead as we navigate our rapidly changing world.” 

The Symons Medal Lecture provides a national platform for a distinguished Canadian to discuss the current state and future prospects of Confederation. It provides all Canadians an opportunity to reflect upon their country and its future. The medal ceremony and lecture is held each fall on the Mainstage of Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown. 

The title of Madame Arbour’s lecture is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM, or “They Desire a Better Country” which is the motto of the Order of Canada. It will focus on the transformation of Canadian society through immigration, the pandemic, and the law. 

She follows a formidable line of Symons Medallists, including the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, The Honourable Murray Sinclair, and the Honourable Bob Rae. 

The 2021 Symons Medal Lecture takes place on the Mainstage of Confederation Centre of the Arts on Friday, October 29, at 7pm. The event will also be live-streamed on Confederation Centre’s Facebook page.  

Tickets will be available for Confederation Centre Members on Saturday, October 9. To become a member and take advantage of priority ticket booking, please visit confederationcentre.com/membership . Tickets will open to the general public on Wednesday, October 13. To book your seats visit confederationcentre.com, or call the Box Office at 1-800-565-0278. 

There is no cost to attend the ceremony, but patrons must have a ticket to enter, and quantities are limited.   

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2021 Symons Medallist Announced

Confederation Centre of the Arts Announces 2021 Symons Medallist

-The Honourable Louise Arbour to receive the 21st Symons Medal for exceptional contribution to Canadian life-

Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today that the 2021 Symons Medal will be awarded to the Honourable Louise Arbour, CC, GOQ on Friday, October 29 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The Symons Medal—one of Canada’s most prestigious honours—recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. The award and its associated lecture are presented annually at Confederation Centre of the Arts—Canada’s living monument to Canadian Confederation—in honour of the meetings of the Fathers of Confederation, who first gathered in Charlottetown in the fall of 1864.

Each year since 2004, the Symons Committee, co-chaired by Robert Sear and George Kitching, selects a recipient from a list of outstanding nominees. “On behalf of Confederation Centre of the Arts and CEO Steve Bellamy, I am pleased to announce the Honourable Louise Arbour as the 21st Recipient of the Symons Medal,” states Sear, chair of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust.

“We look forward to welcoming Madame Arbour to Charlottetown this fall to share her perspective and reflect on a life spent in pursuit of civil justice for all, including her important work with the United Nations, the Supreme Court of Canada, and beyond.”

The Symons Medal Lecture offers an eminent Canadian a national platform to discuss the state of Confederation from their vantage point and through their professional lens.

In 1996, the Security Council of the United Nations appointed Madame Arbour Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In this role, she secured the first conviction for genocide (Rwanda) since the 1948 Genocide Convention and the first indictment for war crimes by a sitting European head of state (Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic).

Madame Arbour was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1999 and in 2004 she was appointed High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations, and later the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration. 

Madame Arbour, Senior Counsel at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, was recently appointed to lead an independent review into sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Madame Arbour has received numerous honorary doctorates and awards. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec. She follows a formidable line of Symons Medallists, including the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Dr. David Suzuki, and the Honourable Bob Rae. 

The medal and events are named for Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, CC, O.Ont—the founder of Trent University and a long-time board member and supporter of Confederation Centre. Professor Symons passed away in January at the age of 91.

The 2021 Ceremony will take place in the Mainstage Theatre at Confederation Centre and will also be live-streamed on the Centre’s Facebook and YouTube. Ticket information and access for this important ceremony will be made available through the box office in early fall.

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Livestreaming the Honourable Rae

The Honourable Bob Rae, the 2020 Symons Medallist, presents his lecture entitled “Learning from The Past, Imagining the Future: Reflections from a Political Life.” Following the lecture, Hon. Rae takes questions from the audience.

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Bob Rae Awarded Symons Medal

The Confederation Centre of the Arts has announced the 2020 Symons Medal will be awarded to the Honourable Bob Rae, PC, CC, OO, QC through an online broadcast on Friday, October 30. 

The Symons Medal and Lecture Series is named in honour of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, a long-time supporter of Confederation Centre and a Board Governor. The Symons Medal recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life and is presented annually at the Centre. 

The Symons Medal Ceremony and Lecture will be streamed online via the Centre’s Facebook and YouTube channels on October 30 at 8 p.m. AT. 

Remarks of welcome will be made by the Honourable Premier Dennis King and official response will be delivered by the Honourable Roy Romanow, PC, OC, SOM, QC, former premier of Saskatchewan and current chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan. The Medal Lecture will be followed by a live question and answer component with viewers. 

Hon. Rae’s lecture is entitled: Learning from The Past, Imagining the Future: Reflections from a Political Life. “I am delighted to be following so many distinguished Canadians as this year’s Symons Medal recipient,” states Hon. Rae. “I have long admired Tom Symons’ vision and leadership and it is also wonderful to be associated with Confederation Centre of the Arts and my many friends in Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island.”

Throughout the video address, Hon. Rae will explore themes around: Canada’s improbable origins as a nation; post-war emergence onto the global stage; active membership within the United Nations (U.N.); and the significance of the ever-evolving Canadian constitution—a “living tree document”.

Hon. Rae is the 2020 recipient in part for his many years of work on humanitarian issues, most recently the Rohingya Refugee crisis, as well as his time focusing on indigenous issues with Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, and his decades of public service and teaching. He has always been deeply involved in the political life of Canada including as MP, former premier of Ontario, and interim leader of the federal Liberal Party. While premier, he was involved in many of the initiatives for constitutional reform.

In July, Hon. Rae was appointed Canada’s ambassador to the U.N. by the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Humanitarian and Refugee Issues. 

Stay tuned to the Confederation Centre’s news page for further updates, including further potential distribution or screenings of the lecture.

About the Medal: The Symons Medal was designed by Dora de Pedery-Hunt, CM, OOnt (1913 – 2008). The famed Canadian sculptor was inspired by the Jean Paul Lemieux 1964 painting Charlottetown Revisited (submitted).

Symons Medallists: 

Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 19 distinguished Symons Medallists:

·         2019 Senator Murray Sinclair, Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

  1. 2018 Dr. Margaret MacMillan, historian
  2. 2017 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  3. 2016 Antonine Maillet, novelist and playwright
  4. 2015 Paul Gross, actor, writer, director
  5. 2014 Stephen Lewis, politician, human rights activist, UN Special Envoy
  6. 2014 His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
  7. 2013 The Right Honourable Paul Martin
  8. 2012 Dr. David Suzuki
  9. 2011 Dr. Ivan Fellegi, former Chief Statistician of Canada
  10. 2010 The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
  11. 2009 Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, national Inuit organization
  12. 2008 The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada
  13. 2008 Dr. Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada
  14. 2007 The Honourable John Crosbie
  15. 2007 The Honourable Peter Lougheed
  16. 2006 Mark Starowicz, producer and journalist
  17. 2005 The Honourable Roy McMurtry, Chief Justice of Ontario
  18. 2004 The Honourable Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec

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Symons Medalist Announced

Confederation Centre of the Arts Announces 2020 Symons Medallist

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Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today that the 2020 Symons Medal will be awarded to Mr. Bob Rae, C.C. on Friday, October 30 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The Symons Medal—one of Canada’s most prestigious honours—recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. Held each fall, the medal ceremony and its associated lecture offer a national platform for an eminent Canadian to discuss the nation’s current state, shared histories, and future prospects using themes related to their professional pursuits.

The award is presented at Confederation Centre of the Arts—Canada’s living monument to Canadian Confederation—in honour of the meetings of the Fathers of Confederation, who first gathered at Province House National Historic Site in the fall of 1864.

“On behalf of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, for whom this lecture is named, and Confederation Centre CEO Steve Bellamy, we are elated to announce Mr. Bob Rae as the 2020 Recipient of the Symons Medal,” says Chair of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust, Robert Sear.

“Mr. Rae is the 20th Medallist in this series, following a formidable line of recipients such as the Right Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, and Dr. Margaret MacMillan. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Rae to Charlottetown to share his unique perspective on the evolving State of Canada and its nationhood.”

 

Elected 11 times to the House of Commons and the Legislature of Ontario, Mr. Rae served as Ontarios 21st Premier as well as Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He is the author of five books and three government reports, most recently on the Rohingya Refugee crisis, where he has served as Special Envoy for the Government of Canada.

Mr. Rae is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, a Privy Councillor, and a Queens Counsel.  He is a Senior Fellow of Massey College and of the Forum of Federations, an international NGO, which he co-founded in 1998. He received a Lifetime Parliamentary Achievement Award in 2018 and has received many other honours in Canada and internationally. He lives in Toronto with wife Arlene Perly Rae; they have three children and five grandchildren.

The 2020 Ceremony will take place in the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre and will also be live-streamed. In the event of any continued limitations around public gatherings this fall, the Centre will announce updates regarding the expanded use of the live-stream.  

Tickets for this important ceremony will be available via the Box Office at a later date. Stay tuned for further event updates on social media: @confedcentre and via hashtag, #Symons2020.

About the Lecture: The Symons Medal and Lecture Series is named in honour of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, a long-time supporter of Confederation Centre and a Board Governor. Read more here.

Symons Medallists: Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 19 distinguished Symons Medallists:

·         2019 Senator Murray Sinclair, Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

  • 2018 Dr. Margaret MacMillan, historian
  • 2017 The Right Honourable Prime Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  • 2016 Antonine Maillet, novelist and playwright
  • 2015 Paul Gross, actor, writer, director
  • 2014 Stephen Lewis, politician, human rights activist, UN Special Envoy
  • 2014 His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
  • 2013 The Right Honourable Paul Martin
  • 2012 Dr. David Suzuki
  • 2011 Dr. Ivan Fellegi, former Chief Statistician of Canada
  • 2010 The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
  • 2009 Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, national Inuit organization
  • 2008 The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada
  • 2008 Dr. Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada
  • 2007 The Honourable John Crosbie
  • 2007 The Honourable Peter Lougheed
  • 2006 Mark Starowicz, producer and journalist
  • 2005 The Honourable Roy McMurtry, Chief Justice of Ontario
  • 2004 The Honourable Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec

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Symons Medal Ceremony Set for October

Confederation Centre Announces Date For 2020 Symons Medal Ceremony

Annual medal ceremony and lecture on the state of Canadian Confederation returns this fall; 2020 Medallist to be named in early May

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CEO Steve Bellamy and the Confederation Centre of the Arts team announced today that the 2020 Symons Medal will be awarded on Friday, October 30, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The Symons Medal—one of Canada’s most prestigious honours—recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. Held each fall, the medal ceremony and its associated lecture create a national platform for an eminent Canadian to discuss the nation’s current state, shared histories, and future prospects.

The Centre also announced today that the recipient of the 2020 Symons Medal will be revealed in early May 2020. The Symons Medal Ceremony also includes an hour-long address wherein the Medallist reflects upon the state of Canadian Confederation using themes related to their professional pursuits.

The award is presented at Confederation Centre of the Arts—Canada’s living monument to Canadian Confederation—in honour of the meetings of the Fathers of Confederation, who first gathered at Province House National Historic Site in the fall of 1864.

Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 19 distinguished Symons Medallists. These include: the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau; His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; Historian Margaret MacMillan; the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada; and Senator Murray Sinclair, Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Tickets for this important ceremony will be available via the Box Office at a later date. Stay tuned for further event updates on social media: @confedcentre and via hashtag, #Symons2020.

The 2020 Ceremony will take place in the Homburg Theatre and will also be live-streamed via the Centre’s Facebook feed. In the event of any continued precautions around public gatherings this fall, the Centre will announce updates around the expanded use of the live-stream.

Previous Symons Medallists: (from most recent)

  • 2019 Senator Murray Sinclair, chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • 2018 Dr. Margaret MacMillan, historian
  • 2017 The Right Honourable Prime Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  • 2016 Antonine Maillet, novelist and playwright
  • 2015 Paul Gross, actor, writer, director
  • 2014 Stephen Lewis, politician, human rights activist, UN Special Envoy
  • 2014 His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
  • 2013 The Right Honourable Paul Martin
  • 2012 Dr. David Suzuki, environmentalist
  • 2011 Dr. Ivan Fellegi, former Chief Statistician of Canada
  • 2010 The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
  • 2009 Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, national Inuit organization
  • 2008 The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada
  • 2008 Dr. Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada
  • 2007 The Honourable John Crosbie
  • 2007 The Honourable Peter Lougheed
  • 2006 Mark Starowicz, producer and journalist
  • 2005 The Honourable Roy McMurtry, Chief Justice of Ontario
  • 2004 The Honourable Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec

About the Lecture: The Symons Medal and Lecture Series is named in honour of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, a long-time supporter of Confederation Centre and a Board Governor. Professor Symons, the founding President of Trent University, is widely recognized for his work in the field of Canadian Studies, particularly within public policy, heritage, and education. Read more here.

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See the Symons

Symons Medal Presentation 2019 Now Available Online

Senator Murray Sinclair Received the 19th Symons Medal on November 1, 2019

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Last month at Confederation Centre of the Arts, Canadian Senator, the Honourable Murray Sinclair received the 2019 Symons Medal for exceptional contribution to Canadian life.

Before a full house in the Homburg Theatre and webcast live across the country, Senator Sinclair received the medal and delivered his thoughtful lecture Confederation: We Could Have Done Better. Now, the medal presentation and lecture is available online in its entirety.

The presentation includes: an opening performance from the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus; words of welcome from the Honourable Premier of Prince Edward Island, Dennis King; response from fellow Senator, the Honourable Brian Francis, also from P.E.I.; and a Q+A segment with the audience. YouTube links to the archived video are available in English and French.

Senator Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years and was the second Indigenous Judge to be appointed in Canada and the first Indigenous Judge in Manitoba. He also served as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Canada. As Chair of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the issuance of the TRC’s report in 2015.

Senator Sinclair was the 19th recipient of the Symons Medal. Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 18 others, including: Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau; His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; historian Margaret MacMillan; human rights activist Stephen Lewis; the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada; and the President of the national Inuit organization, Mary Simon.

The Symons Medal and Lecture Series is named in honour of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, a long-time supporter of Confederation Centre and a Board Governor. Professor Symons, the founding President of Trent University, is widely recognized for his work in the field of Canadian Studies, particularly within public policy, heritage, and education.

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Doing Better

Confederation Centre Announces Title of 2019 Symons Medal Lecture

Senator Murray Sinclair to receive the 19th Symons Medal on November 1; Tickets available tomorrow for Advance Members’ Sale and Thursday for general public 

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Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today that the 2019 Symons Medal Lecture is entitled Confederation: We Could Have Done Better. The 2019 Symons Medal Presentation and the delivery of the Symons Lecture will take place in the Homburg Theatre at 12:30 p.m. on November 1 and will also be livestreamed on the Centre’s YouTube channel.

 Tickets will be available tomorrow, Wednesday, October 16for the Confederation Centre members advance sale. Confederation Centre has just launched the Get Centre’d membership campaign, which guarantees–among many other benefits–advance ticket access to must-see events like the Symons Medal Lecture. Visit the new website for full details.

Lecture tickets for Confederation: We Could Have Done Betterwill be available for the general public as of 10 a.m. onThursday, October 17. There is no cost to attend the ceremony, but patrons must have a ticket in hand to enter and quantities are limited. Patrons can contact the box office online, via phone at 902.566.1267, or in person at the Centre.

Senator Murray Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years and was the second Indigenous Judge to be appointed in Canada and the first Indigenous Judge in Manitoba. He also served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Canada. In that role he participated in hundreds of hearings across the country, culminating in the issuance of the TRC’s report in 2015. He then oversaw an active multi-million-dollar fundraising program to support various TRC events and activities, and to allow survivors to travel to attend TRC events.

The Symons Medal is presented annually at Confederation Centre of the Arts in honour of the first meetings of the Fathers of Confederation, who gathered for the Charlottetown Conference in the fall of 1864. Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 18 distinguished Symons Medallists.

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Symons Medal Coming Soon

Confederation Centre Announces Date for 2019 Symons Medal Ceremony

Annual medal ceremony and lecture on the state of Canadian Confederation returns this fall

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Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today that the 2019 Symons Medal will be awarded on Friday, November 1 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The Symons Medal is one of Canada’s most prestigious honours, recognizing an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. Held each fall, the medal ceremony and its associated lecture create a national platform for a prominent Canadian to discuss the nation’s current state and future prospects.

The award is presented at Confederation Centre of the Arts—Canada’s living monument to Canadian Confederation—in honour of the meetings of the Fathers of Confederation, who first gathered at Province House in the fall of 1864.

The Centre also announced today that the 2019 recipient of the Symons Medal will be revealed on Tuesday, May 7. The Symons Medal Ceremony also includes an hour long address in which the medallist reflects upon the current state of Canadian Confederation using themes related to their professional pursuits.

Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 18 distinguished Symons Medallists. These include: the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau; His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; historian Margaret MacMillan; human rights activist Stephen Lewis; the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., former Chief Justice of Canada; and the former President of the national Inuit organization, Mary Simon.

The 2019 Ceremony will take place in the Homburg Theatre and will also be livestreamed on the Centre’s YouTube channel. Tickets for this important ceremony will be available via the Box Office at a later date. Stay tuned for further event updates on social media: @confedcentre and via hashtag, #Symons2019.

In related matters, the annual Symons Medal Student Essay Contest for the 2018-19 school year is still active, with prizes totalling $2,000. Organizers are accepting submissions until April 30, 2019 and the top three award recipients will be recognized during the 2019 Symons Medal Ceremony. For complete details, visit Confederation Centre’s website.

About the Symons Medal Ceremony and Lecture:         
The Symons Medal and Lecture Series is named in honour of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, a long-time supporter of Confederation Centre of the Arts and a Board Governor. Professor Symons, the founding President of Trent University, is widely recognized for his work in the field of Canadian Studies, particularly within public policy, heritage, and education.

Previous Symons Medalists: (chronological order, from most recent):

Ø  Historian Margaret MacMillan;

Ø  The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau;

Ø  Novelist Antonine Maillet;

Ø  Actor/director Paul Gross;

Ø  His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales;

Ø  Human rights activist Stephen Lewis;

Ø  Former Prime Minister Paul Martin;

Ø  Environmentalist David Suzuki;

Ø  Canada’s Chief Statistician Emeritus, Ivan P. Fellegi;

Ø  Former Governor General David Johnston;

Ø  Former President of the national Inuit organization, Mary Simon;

Ø  The Right Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C., former Chief Justice of Canada;

Ø  Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada;

Ø  The Hon. John Crosby, former Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador;

Ø  The Hon. Peter Lougheed, former premier of Alberta;

Ø  Mark Starowicz, broadcaster and journalist;

Ø  The Hon. R. Roy Murray, former Chief Justice of Ontario; and,

Ø  The Hon. Jean Charest, former premier of Quebec.

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Make Yourself Heard

Confederation Centre Launches the Symons Medal and Lecture Essay Contest

Students challenged to reflect on state of Confederation at present; $2,000 in prizes available

 

The Symons Medal and Lecture Essay Contest invites Prince Edward Island students in grades 11 and 12 to submit an original and creative essay or digital piece responding to the current state of Canadian Confederation.

The Symons Medal is one of Canada’s most prestigious honours, recognizing a distinguished person who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. The 2018 Symons Medal was awarded to internationally-acclaimed historian, Dr. Margaret MacMillan, C.C., on November 23 in the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Dr. MacMillan’s accompanying Symons Medal Lecture was entitled ‘The Lion’s Cub: The First World War and the Evolution of the Canadian Nation.

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This year’s essay contest theme challenges students to consider pressing issues surrounding Canadian identity, such as: does Confederation look and mean the same as it did when Canada was first dreamed into being? If the national union is indeed still working, then is it working for everyone? If not, how could Canadian union be more inclusive? What could Confederation look like in 2050?

Students may reflect upon these questions or develop their own themes within the broader Canadian Confederation subject. Students may wish to draw upon ideas presented during Dr. MacMillan’s 2018 Symons Medal Lecture

Alternatively, students may develop a digital design to present their essay, such as a podcast or video form (no more than 10 minutes) or a mixed media, such as long-form blog with images and video. Winning entrants will receive prizes totaling $2,000.

The essays will be reviewed by a panel of judges appointed by the Centre and winners will be announced in May 2018. Student contestants should submit their entry by April 30, 2019 via email toetheuerkauf@confederationcentre.com; or can be mailed to Ellen Theuerkauf, Confederation Centre of the Arts, 145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown, PE C1A 1J1. For more information, visit the Confederation Centre’s website.