RAVEN is mandated to assist Indigenous Peoples in protecting and restoring the natural environment for the benefit of all people within Canada by developing and delivering education programs to advance knowledge and understanding of available legal rights and remedies.
In many Indigenous communities that have been deeply impacted by extractive industries, there exists a significant proportion of people who are unaware of the legal rights and remedies available that can effectively address cultural and ecological issues. An informed community that acknowledges the relationship between cultural integrity and a healthy ecology is able to act clearly and decisively to ensure its long-term viability. We work together with Harmony Foundation to present the Environmental Essay Prize annually.
The purpose of the Harmony Environmental Essay Prize is to recognize outstanding work which explores cutting edge thinking while presenting cases where traditional knowledge inspires practical action and produces meaningful results with social, cultural, environmental and/or economic benefits. Quite simply, we want to recognize students who are seeking constructive responses to important questions, such as: factors shaping Indigenous youth movements today, the social geography giving rise to Indigenous action, the struggle to save Sacred Headwaters, attempts to incorporate Traditional Ecological Knowledge into Environmental Assessment processes, lands, rights, the role of colonialism… the list goes on.
Students of all disciplines are eigible for the Award; however, candidates actively involved with Indigenous endeavours and the conservation of the environment will be given preference. We also encourage all applicants to position themselves in relation to the issues and topics they address in their papers. Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous, but students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Harmony Environmental Essay Prize for Young Scholars – Formerly the Young Scholars Essay Prize
Calling all Master’s students! Do you have interests or commitments to Indigenous culture, social justice, and environmental rights? Do you have a paper due this term? Then we need to hear from you!
Sponsored by the Harmony Foundation of Canada, the essay competition is open to ALL DISCIPLINES in the social sciences, sciences and humanities. Papers from all methodological and theoretical standpoints will be considered. DEADLINE: June 1, 2020
The award is open to ALL MASTER’S and MSC Students enrolled full-time at a Canadian University.
Our 1st PLACE PAPER will be awarded a cash prize of $1500.00. Our 2nd PLACE PAPER will receive $500.00. Winners will also receive a commemorative plaque and be inscribed on the commemorative wall in RAVEN’s office. Prizes are awarded in July. RAVEN reserves the right to use the received entries for educational and other non-commercial purposes and to reproduce them in print. The entries will not be returned.
To apply: Send questions and submissions to Max Ritts – (firstname.lastname@example.org).
N.B. Papers MUST include a SEPARATE PDF Title Page with name, student number, institution, and email address.
NO AUTHOR IDENTIFICATION can be on the essay pages themselves. Please submit in PDF format to email@example.com and include “RAVEN HARMONY YSEP” in the subject header.