Join us for this special presentation of the songs of Robert Burns and a tribute to the Broadway musical Brigadoon.
We are delighted that a new book by Scottish Studies Foundation Director Douglas Gibson is receiving critical acclaim in Canada and abroad.
Stories About Storytellers allows readers to follow Doug Gibson through 40 years of editing and publishing some of Canada’s sharpest minds and greatest storytellers including Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau and Others.
More details here.
The Scottish Studies Foundation is a Canadian charitable organization (No. 119253490 RR0001) established to encourage research, both inside and outside universities, in Scottish culture -- history, literature, religion, art, law, and in Scottish migrations to North America; and to publish historical studies and documents relating to Scottish culture and migrations.
Our present emphasis is aimed at raising the awareness of the Scottish heritage in Canada through various levels of education including the funding of academic scholarships in Scottish Studies in Canada and Scotland.
The Foundation supports an office at the University of Guelph to handle enquiries regarding the University's Scottish Studies Program and is active in raising funds to obtain additional materials for the University's rare book and manuscript collection.
The Foundation also funds the publishing of The International Journal of Scottish Studies and financially supports Canadian and Scottish-related conferences.
A change in the law governing registered charitable organizations requires the Scottish Studies Foundation and the Scottish Studies Society to transition to the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) by October 17, 2014.
The first step in this process was to prepare new sets of by-laws which comply with the NFP Act and have them approved by a by a two-thirds majority of voting members. As of April 6, 2013 this step has been completed.
In order for us to continue operation, the next step is to replace our existing incorporation documents (also known as “letters patent”) with a document known as Form 4031: Articles of Continuance and, as with the by-laws, these must be approved by a two-thirds majority of voting members.
To accomplish this, suitable ballots will be mailed to members and must be returned for receipt at the SSF office by September 30, 2013.
Please note that although the format of the new documents has changed, the content is essentially that of the original. For comparison, here are the original incorporation documents (Letters Patent) along with their proposed replacement (Articles of Continuance):
Note that while the Scottish Studies Foundation organizes and supports events and activities of an educational nature in keeping with its mandate as a registered charity in Canada, other events that fall outside this mandate are organized by the Scottish Studies Society which operates in parallel with the Scottish Studies Foundation. All members of the Scottish Studies Foundation are automatically members of the Scottish Studies Society.
Unlike the Foundation, the Scottish Studies Society is not a charitable organization - its sole purpose is to organize events which, in turn, raise money to support the Scottish Studies Foundation by supplementing its funds obtained through memberships and donations.
Questions and answers with regard to the NFP Act can be found here.
Our Annual Tall Ship Cruise will take place on September 1, 2013. Details here.
Scottish Studies Foundation Chair Graeme Morton has a new book out that provides insight into what it meant to be a Scot and what forged that identity in Victorian Scotland. Details here.
The Sept/Oct 2011 issue of History Scotland featured an article about the Foundation co-authored by SSF Directors, John B. McMillan and David Hunter and includes many other items of particlar interest to Canadians. A transcript is available here and the magazine is available as an app from the Apple iTunes store and as a digital edition from www.pocketmags.com. To find out more or to subscribe to the magazine please go to www.historyscotland.com
Thanks to the initiative of Scottish Studies Foundation Director Doug Ross, the Foundation has sponsored the concept of a "Clan Passport" to be used at various Highland Games. See Doug with the passports at the Fergus games here.