About the Center

For more than thirty years, the Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada (NRC), formed by the University of Washington (UW) and Western Washington University (WWU), has been awarded Title VI support by the U.S. Department of Education in recognition of its leading role as a center of excellence on Canada. Located near the Canadian border and animated by an expanding web of cross-border academic and business linkages, the NRC has developed strong specializations in trade, security, Arctic foreign policy, Aboriginal self-determination, and environmental management.

Canadian Studies is one of five Title VI Centers in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, where teams of renowned scholars conduct cutting-edge research on global issues. The NRC combines comprehensive undergraduate and K-16 outreach programs with exceptional graduate training and specialized research in many professional schools. As secretariat for the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium, the NRC also serves almost fifty colleges and universities in the region. The NRC mission is to increase the number of scholars, educators and professionals knowledgeable about Canada in the Pacific Northwest and across the nation.

The Center offers courses in the Global and Regional Studies major; a minor in Arctic Studies; Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships and a professional development program for graduate students; study abroad scholarships; an affiliated faculty program; and a K-12 teacher associate program. The Center also offers public programming to increase knowledge and understanding of Canada, the Canada-U.S. relationship and Canada’s role in the world.