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In 2010, the winner was Stephen Fielding, a Ph.D. Student at the University of Victoria. He is the first winner of the annual Gunn Award. The winning essay is entitled “We are Promoting an Up-to-date Image of Italy”: The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Italian Ethnicity in Vancouver, Canada, 1973-1998” and its subject is aptly described in the title. Mr. Fielding’s paper can be found here: Fielding Gunn Award Paper.
The winner in 2011 was Alyshea Cummins who holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Windsor (2007) and is now enrolled at Wilfrid Laurier University pursuing a Masters degree in Religion and Culture. Her paper is entitled “A Comparison of the Refugee Resettlement of Ugandan Ismaili Muslims and Cambodia Theravada Buddhists in Canada”. In analyzing the Ismail Muslim’s resettlement experiences, she concludes that “Their skill sets and literacy upon leaving their homelands, global connections, the presence of their own respected community leaders in Canada and wider community support here contributed to their more successful integration. As survivors of vast cultural and religious devastations that had damaged the social fabric and eliminated civil and religious leaders, the Cambodians had a much more difficult time rebuilding their community in Canada.” Ms. Cummins’ paper can be found here: Alyshea Cummin Gunn Award Paper.
In October 1978, a boat called the Hai Hong with some 2,500 refugees aboard garnered global attention as it sat off the shores of Malaysia. Amongst other consequences, the Hai Hong situation set off the large scale implementation of the brand new Canadian immigration legislation
In this paper, 2013 Gunn Prize winner, Dara Marcus, considers the Canadian response to the Hai Hong situation within the historical framework of the 1976 Immigration Act and related legislation. Beginning with an account of the context in which this event took place, Ms Marcus then reviews Canada’s refugee legislation at that time, and the political, media, and public response to the Hai Hong. Lastly, she examines the event’s effect on Canada’s overall response to the Indochinese refugee issue. Dara Marcus’ winning essay can be read here.
The 2013 Gunn Prize jury consisted of CIHS members Dr. Gerry Van Kessel, Dr. Kurt Jensen and Rob Vineberg and, representing the IMRC, Drs. Abel Chikanda and Andrew Thompson of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (a joint initiative of Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo).