The Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and American Indian Studies, are offering the following courses in Arctic Studies in Spring Quarter 2013. The courses are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Students who are interested in pursuing a minor in Arctic studies, may use these classes to count toward the minor (pending approval of the minor). Building on this foundation, Canadian Studies will work with the Quaternary Research Center the Program on Climate Change, and other new partners in the College of the Environment and the Polar Science Center to focus the chair on the Arctic.
JSIS 482A Canada Special Topics/AIS 475 Special Topics in American Indian Studies
Business in the Arctic – Working with Law and Policy in Resource Development
Dr. Sari Graben, U.W. 2012-13 Fulbright Canada Chair
In the last several years, countries bordering the Arctic Ocean have made law and policy in the region a major priority. While there are several contributing factors to this prioritization, one of the most important ones is the opportunity for countries to develop their Arctic resources in concert with commercial partners. This opportunity has led to the proliferation of legal mechanisms that facilitate the exploration, development, and commercialization of natural resources on both land and in the seas as well as the protection of those resources as environmental goods. Providing an overview of the most recent legal and political developments in the Arctic, this course will emphasize challenges posed by environmental and global changes and developments in various areas of Arctic governance and will be organized around particular resource development activities. This will allow students to be exposed to the complex issues facing the Arctic from both an international and domestic perspective and to address legal/policy frameworks for dealing with them.
JSIS 482B Canada Special Topics/AIS 475 Special Topics in American Indian Studies
Indigenous Land Claim Treaties in North America and the Arctic
Tony Penikett, JSIS 2012-13 Fulbright Canada Visiting Scholar
The course will address the precedents or foundations of 20th century land claims agreements in North America including the Mexican conquest, the Cherokee cases at the Marshall Court, and the 400-plus Canadian and U.S. treaties that followed. Treaty negotiations and settlements in Alaska and northern Canada will be compared to those in Greenland and Norway.
Sari Graben, LL.B. LL.M. Ph.D., currently serves as an Arctic Policy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, Queen’s University, Toronto. Graben’s primary research interests are in the field of administrative law, contract law, and comparative law with a special focus on issues raised by environmental contracting, privatization, and collaborative governance in the Arctic.
Tony Penikett, a Vancouver-based mediator, served in politics for 25 years including two years in Ottawa as Chief of Staff to federal New Democratic Party Leader Ed Broadbent MP; five terms in the Yukon Legislative Assembly; and two terms as Premier of Canada’s Yukon Territory (1985-92). His government negotiated final agreement for First Nation land claims in the territory and passed pioneering education, health, language legislation, as well as leading a much-admired bottom-up economic planning process.