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Canadian Studies Center September 2010 Report

 

September 2010 Report

Center & Circumpolar Initiative News


Center Funded by the US Department of Education and the Government of Canada

The Canadian Studies Center has been re-funded as the Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada (shared jointly with Western Washington University's Center for Canadian-American Studies) for the FY 2010–2013 Title VI grant cycle. This funding provides critical support for Center activities, including faculty research, courses, study tours, staff support, and business, community, and educator programming. The Center has also receiving continued Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship funding, which provides six to eight fellowships to UW students each year for studying and researching Canadian topics and acquiring language skills. The Center is thrilled to be able to continue its mission of increasing the number of scholars, educators and professionals knowledgeable about Canada in the Pacific Northwest and across the nation!

The Canadian Studies Center was also awarded a Program Enhancement Grant, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Government of Canada for the 2010–2011 academic year. In addition, two UW librarians received Library grants, and several Canadian Studies affiliated faculty received Government of Canada grants for the 2010–2011 year, as well. Through this generous support, Government of Canada grants will support the following projects:

  • Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse, “Fort Rupert—Kwakiutl First Nations”
  • Sara Curran, Jackson School, and Nadine Fabbi, “Task Force on Arctic Governance”
  • Stan de Mello and Morna McEachern, “Social Work Across the 49th Parallel: Canada and the United States”
  • Kim England, “Border Crossings: Health Workforce Migrations Across the Canadian Border"
  • Charles Emlet, “A Profile of Older Adults with HIV/AIDS in Toronto, Ontario”
  • Vincent Gallucci, “Sharks and Rays of Puget Sound: A Canadian-American Basin”
  • Daniel Hart, “Relational Responsibility in Canadian First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Documentary Film”
  • Philip Howard, “Privacy, Policy, and Borders: Data Mining and Regulation in Canada and the United States”
  • Lucy Jarosz, Geography, “How Local Food Systems Address Hunger: Comparisons from North America”
  • Mark Oberle, “Changing Demographics and Public Health in the United States and Canada”
  • Dian Million, “Reconciling Canada: Truth Commissions and Aboriginal Reparations”
  • Fritz Wagner, “Comparative Urban Planning: Canada and the United States”
  • Anne Goodchild and Matt Klein, “Transportation and Canada-United States Border Operations Study Tour”
  • Jenn Adrien and Chris Bajuk, UW Global Business Center, “MBA Canada Study Tour to Toronto”
  • Siôn Romaine, Canadian Studies Library Support Program Grant
  • Jennifer Sundheim, UW Tacoma Libraries, Canadian Studies Library Support Program Grant

The Canadian Studies Center congratulates all of its faculty and students for their hard work and looks forward to an active year of research, teaching, and programming!


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Center Hosts Arctic Sovereignty Symposium in Washington, DC

In the last edition of Newsweek in 2009, editor Jon Meacham interviewed two of the most prominent secretaries of state in recent history—Henry Kissinger and Hillary Clinton. In the interview, Clinton listed current foreign policy priorities and focused on the emerging issues in the Arctic:

An area that we're beginning to pay attention to… is the Arctic. With the melting of the ice, with sea lanes opening that were never there before… with Russia saying that they are going to have an expedition next year to plant their flag on the North Pole. With Canada saying, "No, you'd better not." This is an area that we have to pay real attention to.

Presenters and participants at the symposium on Canada-US Arctic issue at the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States headquarters in Washington, DC.
Presenters and participants at the symposium on Canada-US Arctic issues at the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States headquarters in Washington, DC.

The Canadian Studies Center has been responding to this emerging national need for the past couple of years, including, most recently, a symposium held in DC that focused on Canada-US relations concerning the Arctic. In mid-June the Center collaborated with the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS), Western Washington University, and Trent University to host a one-day event targeted for staff from the Department of State and Congressional Research Service: Northern Sovereignty and Political Geography in North America.

Five experts provided insights into Canada’s interests in the Arctic, including geographer, Phil Steinberg, Florida State University; political scientists, Rob Huebert, University of Calgary, and Stéphane Roussel, Université du Québec, Montréal; and Ottawa-based consultants to Nunavut and Nunavik (Canada’s two largest Inuit regions), Terry Fenge, and Donat Savoie.

Huebert, Associate Director for Military and Strategic Studies, focused on the very real possibility of an arms race developing over Arctic interests. He provided a list of military developments in each of the Arctic nations, illustrating national interests and concerns. Savoie, representing the Makivik Corporation, addressed both human security issues (housing, education, health) and the emerging and effective role of the Inuit in future Canada-US negotiations regarding the Arctic:

Inuit are increasingly engaged and vocal on these matters regarding sovereignty and related issues. Inuit inclusion as active partners is central to all national and international deliberations on Arctic sovereignty and related questions.

Over the last couple of years, the Canadian Studies Center has responded to emerging national concerns in the Arctic via a number of activities—promoting FLAS fellowships in Inuktitut, providing public lectures on Arctic energy and international perspectives on sovereignty, facilitating roundtables on Inuit land claims and political mobilization, developing a Task Force on Arctic sovereignty, and facilitating trade relations between Seattle and Canada’s Arctic.

At the Arctic Sovereignty conference. From left: Heather Nicol, Doug Nord, Nadine Fabbi, and David Archibald
At the Arctic Sovereignty conference. From left: Heather Nicol, Doug Nord, Nadine Fabbi, and David Archibald

The symposium was chaired by Douglas Nord, President, ACSUS and Director, Center for International Studies, Western Washington University; Nadine Fabbi, Associate Director, Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington; and Heather Nicol, Department of Geography, Trent University. Participants included 20 representatives from the US Department of State, the Congressional Research Service, the US Arctic Research Commission, and scholars from Georgetown University and University of Rhode Island.

 

Conference Program

“Canada’s Sovereignty in the Arctic: An Inuit Perspective,” by Jean-François Arteau, Legal Counsel and Executive Assistant to the President of the Makivik Corporation, presented by Donat Savoie, Inuit, Arctic and Circumpolar Affairs; and Nadine Fabbi, UW Canadian Studies Center, discussant

“Historical, Political and Legal Dimensions of Canadian Claims to Sovereignty in the North,” Philip Steinberg, Department of Geography, Florida State University; and Heather Nicol, Trent University, discussant

“Canada-U.S. Relations in the Arctic,” Stéphane Roussel, Research Chair on Canadian Foreign Policy and Defense, University of Québec at Montreal; and  Douglas Nord, discussant

“Protecting and Promoting Canadian Arctic Sovereignty and Security,” Rob Huebert, Center for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary; and Joël Plouffe, University of Québec at Montréal, discussant

“The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment Process and the 2005 Inuit Human Rights Petition,” Terry Fenge, Consultant on Aboriginal, Environmental and Circumpolar Affairs, Ottawa; and Udlu Hanson, Senior Policy Advisor Nunavut Tunngavik, discussant

This symposium was funded, in part, by a Conference Grant from the Government of Canada and the Center’s Title VI Grant, International Programs Service, US Department of Education.


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Canadian Studies and University of the Arctic

Students from Sakha State University in Yakutsk, Russia, graduate with a major in Circumpolar Studies from University of the Arctic.
Students from Sakha State University in Yakutsk, Russia, graduate with a major in Circumpolar Studies from University of the Arctic.

The Canadian Studies Center is the second institution in the forty-eight contiguous states (after Dartmouth) to have the opportunity to be a member of University of the Arctic—a network of over one hundred institutions dedicated to research and education that benefits northerners. In June, UArctic held its thirteenth meeting at Sakha State University in Yakutsk, Russia. The meeting was attended by Council Representatives from across the Arctic, including Nadine Fabbi, Associate Director of the Canadian Studies Center.

Meeting highlights included the introduction of UArctic’s new Vice President of Indigenous Affairs, Jan Henry Keskitalo. Keskitalo has served on the Board of Governors for UArctic and is presently the Executive Chairperson of the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium. Fabbi sat on a committee with Keskitalo during the four-day meetings to discuss ways to strengthen indigenous education and traditional knowledge in UArctic research and programming.

Gary Wilson, University of Northern British Columbia and Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium board member, invites University of the Arctic to meet at UNBC in 2014 at the UArctic meetings in Yakutsk.
Gary Wilson, University of Northern British Columbia and Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium board member, invites University of the Arctic to meet at UNBC in 2014.

Kirsi Latola, Program Coordinator, Thematic Networks Office, provided an overview of these research-based, issues oriented institutional networks. The thematic network, “Arctic Coastal and Marine Issues,” includes two University of Washington scientists—Marc Miller, Marine Affairs, and Vincent Gallucci, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and affiliated faculty of Canadian Studies. As Canada has one of the largest Arctic coastal environments, this network is critical to Center research projects.

UArctic has a Circumpolar Studies Program that is currently being accessed by UW Marine Affairs undergraduate, George Roth. The Center hopes to extend these opportunities to more students in the future.

As part of UArctic activities, the Center is currently working with the Makivik Corporation of Québec to involve Inuit students in the 2011 Task Force on Arctic sovereignty.

This project was supported, in part, by funding from the Center’s Title VI grant, US Department of Education, Office of International Education Programs Service.


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