Dr. Marguerite Michaud Prize in Canadian Studies

"In my many years of teaching, at various levels, it always seemed to me that we did not stress sufficiently our Canadian heritage and did not cultivate a deep-rooted spirit, a Canadian sprit, in the minds of our young people..."

Dr. Marguerite Michaud Prize in Canadian Studies

Prize winners

May 2017
Kristina Celli (HIST)
Elizabeth Burton (PSCI)

May 2015
Brianna Graham (PSCI)

May 2014
Katelyn Patricia Arac (HIST)

May 2013
Sarah Kathryn Jackson (PSCI)

May 2012
Thomas James Latimer (PSCI)

May 2011
Mathieu John Craig (HIST)

May 2010
Michael MacIsaac
Evan Galbraith

May 2009
Matthew A. Edmonds

May 2008
Marc Alexander Rodrigue

May 2007
Andrew MacKinnon (HIST)

May 2006
David Alexander MacDonald

May 2005
Jennifer Theresa
Cecile MacKinnon

May 2004
Kelsey Laine Sitar

May 2003
Heather Anne Coulter (HIST)

May 2002
Caitlin Jane Charman
Adam James Powers (ENGL)

May 2001
Jennifer Vera Moores (PSCI)

May 2000
not awarded

May 1999
Margaret Elizabeth Archibald

May 1998
Marie Josée Thibeault

May 1997
Marie Therese Gillis (HIST)

May 1996
Heather Laura Murray (PSCI)

May 1995
Shelley Marie Kyte

May 1994
Rhonda Megin Whittaker (ENGL)

May 1993
Sean Thomas Kennan

May 1992
David Gerard Farrell (HIST)

May 1991
David Craig MacIsaac (PSCI)

May 1990
Nancy Elizabeth Fairbairn Margaret Virginia Sampson (ENGL)

May 1989
Carolyn Isabel Chisholm

In July 1903, Marguerite Michaud was born in Bouctouche, New Brunswick.
Marguerite MichaudFrom an early age, she was interested in her studies and at the age of thirteen, her hard work and excellent scholastic results earned her a medal from the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick. She continued her studies at a number of institutions including St. Mary's Academy (Newcastle); Teacher's College (Fredericton); St. Francis Xavier University, where, with a Carnegie Foundation scholarship, she was the first Acadian woman to obtain a university degree, a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, in 1923 and her master's degree in literature and history the following year. She enrolled in La Sorbonne in Paris (under the recommendation of St. F. X. Professor René Gautheron) where she received her diploma in French literature. Dr. Michaud earned a second Masters of Arts degree from Columbia University in New York, and her doctorate in history (with honours) in 1947 from the University of Montreal.
Author of more than a dozen publications, she received bursaries from the Council of Arts, a Centennial Commission bursary, the medal of l'Alliance Francaise and the medal of l'Association Acadienne d'Education, as well as a Canada Council Grant. She was one of three Canadians to attend the United Nations seminar in Holland on the teaching of human rights in secondary schools and a delegate to the Ottawa Conference on Education, discussing the importance of the growth of languages (1952). Her honours were many, being named to the Order of Canada (1964), receiving the Médaille de l'Alliance Française (Paris), and honourary doctorates from Université de Moncton, a Doctor of Education from the former St. Joseph's University, and Doctor of Letters from St. Francis Xavier University in 1975 and a Doctor of Laws from St. Thomas University. In 1977, she received a special medal from Queen Elizabeth II during the sovereign's silver anniversary and in 1979, received New Brunswick's highest award, the Meritorious Award from the NB French-speaking Teachers Association.
In 1961, she became the first woman to occupy the position of assistant principal of the Teachers' College. She was the vice-president of UNICEF for New Brunswick, on the board of directors for The Beaverbrook Foundation, and Le Cercle Français de Fredericton, York Sunbury Historical Society; Faculty Club, Council of Women; StFX Alumni Fredericton chapter; and many other groups. Fluent in both French and English, she was a popular public speaker, very involved in her community.
Countless schools and libraries now bear her name, paying honour to a woman who "never forgot the struggle and achievement of her French-speaking countrywomen."


This monetary prize is conferred on a graduating Bachelor of Arts student who has successfully completed courses under the rubric of 'Canadian Studies.' Students may select from a prepared list of courses (see Academic Calendar, section 7.7 or click here) that have as their common characteristic, a substantial Canadian content.

Selection Process

Graduating students in Economics, English, French, History, Political Science and Sociology will have their transcripts reviewed for (i) total credits in Canadian Studies; (ii) combined course average; and (iii) the inter-disciplinary nature of their course selection.


*Looking south, the skyline of St. Francis Xavier University and the spires of St. Ninian's Cathedral. This cathedral of Romanesque architecture, was constructed of locally quarried blue limestone and granite. Dedicated in 1874, St. Ninian's did not officially become a cathedral until the Seat of the Diocese was moved to Antigonish from Arichat in 1886.