The John Bragg Award for Atlantic Canada

Connecting communities through the history of inspiring Canadians

A small house in Sackville, New Brunswick, where famed artist Alex Colville painted many of his most renowned works. An academic library in Halifax, Nova Scotia, named after Izaak and Dorothy Killam, who funded one of the largest private trusts for higher education in Canada. A one-and-a-half story house in Memramcook, New Brunswick, where journalist, cabinet minister, senator, and Governor General Roméo LeBlanc was born.

Behind each of these sites is the story of an inspiring leader, visionary, and history maker from Atlantic Canada. These individuals helped shape the country we live in today and we continue to feel the impact of their lives and work.

In sharing the stories associated with the people, places, and spaces of Atlantic Canada, this initiative will forge links between history makers and associated sites, between prominent and emerging innovators, and between communities and inspiring stories. The John Bragg Award program strengthens and enhances these connections through the discovery, sharing, and understanding of the stories and history of Atlantic Canada.

We are now accepting submissions for 2024. The deadline to submit a letter of intent is December 15, 2023. Learn more.

Program Overview

The John Bragg Award empowers communities to share the stories of inspiring people who have shaped Atlantic Canadian history and society. Three organizations will receive a grant of up to $50,000 to carry out an initiative or project. This award is a pilot project of the River Philip Foundation and Canada’s National History Society.

Key Objectives: To contribute to the success of initiatives and projects that conserve and promote the history of individuals who have had a significant impact on communities in Atlantic Canada, and to inspire a new generation of Canadian leaders.


The 2023 recipients of the John Bragg Award for Atlantic Canada are:

  • Rosemary Eaton Legacy Project, Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia
  • Father Belcourt: Missionary, Educator, Visionary, Fighter for Human Rights, Friends of the Farmers Bank of Rustico Inc., Rustico, Prince Edward Island
  • Nazaire Dugas, Nordais Collectif, Tracadie, New Brunswick

Learn more about the 2023 recipients here.


For more information, contact:

Joanna Dawson
1-844-852-7377 ext 225