The Canadian Studies program has access to a number of special resources to support and enhance student learning.
In collaboration with the Centre for Canadian Studies, faculty members in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies offer a wide variety of learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom.
For program advising, students are welcome to consult with Dr. Andrea Beverley about Canadian Studies. Contact us to discuss:
- course selections in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies
- degree requirements
- opportunities for summer internships
- independent Experiential Learning credits
- Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant opportunities
- support for student events and field trips
"Canadian Studies, as an interdisciplinary degree program, provided me the opportunity to take courses from multiple departments that suited my interests and allowed me to bring in a wealth of perspectives and enriched my understanding of Canadian topics. Several opportunities came through the department, including tutoring, participating as a speaker for the Canadian Studies conference in Fall 2021, and my independent seminar with Dr. Nurse (one of my all-time favourite courses). Perhaps most significant for me was how I could pursue a double major with Sociology, since many courses in my multidisciplinary stream counted for both majors (as they had a Canadian focus). The faculty of the program have consistently been engaging, personable and collaborative. The days in Hart Hall and Avard Dixon are some of my fondest memories at Mount A!"
- Brittany Snow, Class of '22
Student Awards, Prizes, and Bursaries
Thanks to the generosity of donors, Canadian Studies has prizes and awards for students at different points in their degree.
Prizes like the David Blackwood Prize and the Donald T. Goodwin Prize are awarded annually at Convocation in recognition of outstanding Canadian Studies graduates. Funding is also available for students doing independent research in Canadian Studies, such as work in the library's Davidson Collection of Canadiana.
If you are a Canadian Studies student (Minor, Major, or Honours), you may be eligible for Canadian Studies bursaries, like the J.R. Howard Bursary or the Donald T. Goodwin Bursary. Contact the financial aid and awards counsellor at email@example.com.
Students can create their own paid summer internship through funding generously provided by the Bradbrooke Smith Internship in Canadian Studies. The Smith Internship enables students to work with organizations outside the Maritime provinces, while other Mount Allison internship opportunities support nearby student placements.
“Taking Canadian Studies gave me the opportunity to apply for the Bradbrooke Smith Internship. I earned the award and interned at a non-profit called Future Majority, working to mobilize the youth vote in Canada.
My favourite aspect was getting to work with savvy organizers in the field who are taking action on the issues that matter the most to youth. My passion is renewed heading back to Canadian Studies courses this fall. I've gained key skills and I am completely inspired.”
– Ainsley Skelly, Class of ’24
The Davidson Lecture is held annually and brings a distinguished Canadianist to campus to speak on a matter of importance to Canada.
Past Davidson Lecturers have included:
- political scientist Janet Gross Stein
- former UN Ambassador Stephen Lewis
- noted journalist Graham Fraser
- political activist and academic Judy Rebick
- writer, broadcaster, and arts administrator Jesse Wente
Past Davidson Lecturers
Dr. Niigaan Sinclair
Dr. Bruce Kidd
Dr. Pamela Palmater
Jane Urquhart and Tony Urquhart
Dr. Sally Armstrong
Dr. Stéphane Dion
Dr. David Schindler
Dr. Thomas King
This lecture was established in honour of the first director of the Centre for Canadian Studies, Dr. George F.G. Stanley (1907-2002).
Well-known for his role in the design of the Canadian flag and for his distinction as lieutenant governor of New Brunswick from 1982-1987, Dr. Stanley was also an accomplished academic, a Rhodes scholar, a member of the Royal Society, and the author or editor of some 18 books. In addition to his academic and public career, Dr. Stanley had a significant military and public career, serving as an infantry training officer in Fredericton during the second world war, and rising to the rank of lieutenant-colonel.
The annual Stanley Lecture is given each year by a Mount Allison faculty member with expertise related to critical Canadian Studies
Past Stanley Lecturers
2020-21 — Vett Lloyd
2018-19 — Kevin Morse
2017-18 — Rosemary Polegato
2016-17 — Elizabeth Jewett
2015-16 — Bradley Walters
2014-15 — Meaghan Beaton
2013-14 — Craig Brett
2012-13 — Gemey Kelly
2011-12 — Michael Fox
2010-11 — Robert Campbell
2009-10 — Christl Verduyn
2008-09 — Nancy Vogan
2007-08 — Andrew Nurse
2006-07 — Frank Strain
2005-06 — Alex Fancy
2004-05 — Thaddeus Holownia
2003-04 — William Godfrey
The Davidson Collection
In 1969, when Edgar and Dorothy Davidson established a chair in Canadian Studies at Mount Allison, they donated a rich collection of Canadiana books, imprints, and manuscripts of great rarity and value, and many fine examples of early Canadian glass, of Canadian furniture of the 18th Century, and of Canadian painting and sculpture of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
In making the gift of this superb collection to Mount Allison, the donors stated that:
''...we are prompted to make this gift in recognition of the great contribution made by the men and women of the Maritimes toward our national life from its early beginnings to the present time. We furthermore have selected a New Brunswick university because we believe that in this province more is done toward solving the crucial problem of achieving a bi-cultural life than anywhere else in Canada.
... We have been impressed with the splendid facilities and aims of Mount Allison and with what is done there for young people, not merely from an academic point of view but also from a cultural one.''
This extensive collection reflects the personality and dedication, of Edgar Davidson the collector, and his widespread interest in the story of Canada. The collection is now available in an online catalogue.