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Podcast with Tony Penikett and FLAS Fellow

Tony Penikett during his November 2019 visit to UW. Photo credit: Marion Ferguson.

March 24, 2020

The Center has just released its inaugural podcast, an interview with former UW Fulbright Canada Chair in Arctic Studies as part of the Arctic and International Relations series.

In the 45-minute podcast, doctoral student and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow in Inuktitut, Ellen Ahlness, interviews Tony Penikett, former Premier of the Yukon Territory and 2012-13 Chair in Arctic Studies.

The interview focuses on Penikett’s book, Hunting the Northern Character, which explores the nature of the new emerging northern consciousness and what it means both within the Arctic but importantly for governments and entities outside the circumpolar region. In the interview, Ahlness also asks about Penikett’s views on how Arctic peoples are influencing domestic and international relations. Penikett wrote much of Hunting the Northern Character during his residency as the Fulbright Canada Chair in Arctic Studies in the 2012-13 academic year.

Ellen Ahlness is a doctoral student in political science who is looking at the influence of the Indigenous Permanent Participants on the Arctic Council, particularly the Inuit and Sami. She has also been awarded two FLAS Fellowships in Inuktitut (2018-19 and 2019-20), the Inuit language in Canada.

Tony Penikett is currently a mediator and negotiator in Vancouver, Canada. As a politician, he served as a Whitehorse City councilor, five terms in the Yukon Legislative Assembly and two terms as Yukon Premier from 1985 to 1992. His government successfully negotiated, with the federal government and First Nations, the historic Yukon land claims treaty and Canada’s first Aboriginal Self-Government Agreements.

The podcast is the first episode of the Arctic and International Relations Podcast Series a joint project of the International Policy Institute, Canadian Studies Center, and Center for Global Studies in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Arctic and International Relations includes a publication and video series. The series is edited and hosted by the Canadian Studies Center.

Listen to the full podcast here

The Fulbright Canada Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies is supported by the UW Office of Global Affairs, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Social Sciences Division, College of Arts and Sciences, College of the Environment, and the Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America, Ottawa. The Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, serves as the hosting unit for the Fulbright Canada Chair.