The Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG), Statistics Canada, and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada award the Robin P. Armstrong Memorial Prize for Excellence in Native Studies to a graduate student in geography or native studies for the best Master’s or Ph.D. thesis on an aboriginal topic.

This Award Was Established To:
-recognize and promote excellence in applied research on Canada’s aboriginal peoples;
-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 Native Canadians Specialty Group of the CAG.

The Prize Includes:
-a cash prize of at least $700, based on the funds available in the Robin P. Armstrong Memorial Fund at the CAG.  Indian and Northern Affairs Canada has agreed to commit at least $500 on an annual basis. Statistics Canada will provide an additional $500 where the winning paper has made significant use of Statistics Canada data;
-an opportunity to present a paper during a special Native Canadians Specialty Group session at the CAG conference (or one of the regional CAG conferences) at which a certificate and letter of commendation will be presented to the winning student;
-nation-wide publication of the winner’s name on the Statistics Canada and CAG Web sites and of his or her paper (or an abstract) in the Native Canadians Specialty Group newsletter;
-a complimentary one-year subscription to Canadian Social Trends, a Statistics Canada quarterly journal; a letter of recognition from the President of the CAG and/or the Chair of the Native Canadians Specialty Group to the Dean commending the professor who has supervised the student research.

All students who, during the current or previous calendar year, have completed a Master’s or PhD thesis in native studies or geography related to Canada’s aboriginal peoples may apply.

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 problem 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 31 to:
Michael Ripmeester,
Department of Geography, Brock Unversity
St. Catharines ON  L2S 3A1
Phone: 905-688-5550 X4416, Fax: 905-688-6369

Selection Criteria Include:
-significance of the problem
-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 INAC data on aboriginal peoples.

For More Information, Contact:
Evelyn Peters
University of Saskatchewan

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