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Welcome Tony Penikett, the First Fulbright Canada Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies!


October 31, 2013

Tony will be teaching JSIS 482A/582B Arctic Insecurities this fall. The course will address the range of Arctic insecurities from the Cold War security paradigm to environmental and human security issues, aboriginal land claim, indigenous internationalism, devolution and local development, and, American and Canadian management of Arctic issues. The seminar will also examine a series of Arctic policy questions with the ultimate aim of assembling a set of papers into a collection for publication.

Tony is 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.

 After serving as Premier of the Yukon, Penikett acted as Senior Aboriginal Policy Advisor for the Premier of Saskatchewan (1995-97) and, Deputy Minister for Negotiations, and later Labour, for the Government of British Columbia (1997-2001).

Tony is an Adjunct Professor for the Public Policy School at Simon Fraser University and for the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. He also serves Senior Advisor for the Arctic Security Program, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; and, for the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, Toronto. His recent work has taken him to the Eastern Arctic, Northern Europe, the Middle East and South America.

In 2006, Douglas & McIntyre published his book, Reconciliation: First Nations Treaty Making. His most recent articles include: “The Arctic Vacuum in Canada’s Foreign Policy” with Terry Fenge in Policy Options, April 2009; and, “A Literary Test for Indigenous Governments?,” in Northern Public Affairs, June 2012. Tony Penikett Negotiations Inc. provides mediation and negotiation services to Aboriginal, government, management and union clients.

The Fulbright Canada Arctic Chair will enable the UW to capitalize on its existing strengths to become a world leader in integrated multidisciplinary research, scholarship and teaching on the science, policy, and cultures of the polar regions. UW already has an unparalleled research and teaching program in the science of the cryosphere, and a vibrant and successful program in Arctic social sciences and policy.

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.

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