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Gunn Award

In their effort to preserve the legacy of Canada’s immigration history and to support continued excellence in research in Canada on migration to and settlment in Canada, the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC) and the Canadian Immigration Historical Society (CIHS) jointly offer the Gunn Award, a $1,000 prize for a fourth-year undergraduate or graduate-level research paper on the historical evolution of Canadian immigration policy or a historical analysis of Canadian immigration related to specific places, events, or communities. The award is named after Al Gunn one of the founding members of the CIHS and its longstanding Secretary until his death in 2009.

The $1,000 award is given to a fourth-year undergraduate or graduate-level research paper on the historical evolution of Canadian immigration policy or a historical analysis of Canadian immigration related to specific places, events or communities.

The Gunn Award for the best historical essay on migration to and settlement in Canada is an interdisciplinary award, and will therefore consider papers from any discipline in the social sciences and humanities (e.g., history, political science, sociology, global studies, communication studies) that addresses migration to and settlement in Canada from a historical perspective. The award is national and will accept applications from graduating fourth-year students and graduate students enrolled in Canadian universities, in either French or English, from across the country. Papers are reviewed by a committee consisting of IMRC and CIHS associates/members. The award will be conferred jointly by the IMRC and the CIHS and will be given out annually in the fall.

The deadline for the 2019 competition is June 14, 2019.

Submission Requirements

  • English or French.
  • Between 15-20 pages in length.
  • Include a cover page with name/contact information (name should not appear on subsequent pages) the course, degree program and institution for which the paper was written, as well as the current program status of the author.
  • 1.5 line spacing, one-inch margins in a standard 12-point font such as Times New Roman.
  • Thoroughly proofread.
  • Citations in APA or MLA style.
  • Submit as a .pdf file to imrc@wlu.ca.

Note: By submitting their paper, the author consents to it being made public on the IMRC and CIHS websites, through submission to the Laurier institutional repository, should their work be selected for the award. 

Previous Winners

  • 2017: Iain Wilson, Department of History at Queen’s University, Kingston. Essay, "Organic Settlement in Pre-19th Century Newfoundland."
  • 2016: Kassandra Luciuk, Department of History at the University of Toronto. Essay, "'There is only one Ukrainian People': Ukrainian Canadians, symbols of self, and the negotiation of legitimacy in Cold War Canada."
  • 2014: Geoffrey Cameron, Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Essay, "The Political Origins of Refugee Resettlement Policy: Insights from the Policy Process in Canada (1938-1951)."
  • 2013: Dara Marcus, Department of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. Essay, "The Hai Hong incident: One boat's effect on Canada's policy towards Indochinese refugees."
  • 2011: Alyshea Cummins, Wilfrid Laurier University. Essay, "A Comparison of the Refugee Resettlement of Ugandan Ismaili Muslims and Cambodia Theravada Buddhists in Canada."
  • 2010: Stephen A. Fielding, University of Victoria. Essay, "'We are Promoting an Up-to-date Image of Italy': The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Italian Ethnicity in Vancouver, Canada, 1973-1998."

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