University of Washington

March 2011 Report


Consortium Meets to Consider the Content and Direction of Canadian Studies

 Stephen Hanson, Vice Provost for Global Affairs (left), receives an $18,000 Government of Canada Program Enhancement Grant check from Denis Stevens, Consul General (center) at the annual Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium meeting facilitated by Ross Burkhardt, Boise State University.

Stephen Hanson, Vice Provost for Global Affairs (left), receives an $18,000 Government of Canada Program Enhancement Grant check from Denis Stevens, Consul General (center) at the annual Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium meeting facilitated by Ross Burkhardt, Boise State University.

By Ross Burkhart, Boise State University, member of the Board of Directors, Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium

The annual general meeting of the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium took place on Friday, February 25th, in the Odegaard Library on the UW campus. In existence since 1986, the consortium is comprised of 44 members, including the UW and campuses and intergovernmental organizations across Washington state, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, as well as campuses and governments in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta and the territory of Yukon in Canada.

The executive director of the consortium is Fr. Michael Treleaven from Gonzaga University, and the associate director is Dan Turbeville from Eastern Washington University. The consortium's activities are supported by a Secretariat that is housed in the Canadian Studies Center on the UW campus, with Victoria Choe serving as the Executive Assistant.

The consortium's mission is to promote the study of Canada through joint initiatives and sharing of information and best practices among the member institutions. Toward that end, the meeting featured presentations on a diverse set of topics. Highlights included a discussion of the study of Canada by Denis Stevens, the Consul General of the Consulate General of Canada, Seattle; a historical and environmental journey along the Columbia River presented by William Layman of the Wenatchee Valley Museum; the UW Canada-US Fulbright Chair, Marcia Ostashewski, introducing the audience to the Ukranian-Cree fiddler Arnie Strynadka and "A Legacy of Encounter"; a presentation by Victoria-based attorney Jon Lampman of a book project comparing Washington and British Columbia governments, economies and public services.

While the annual general meeting is a premier event, the consortium continually seeks opportunities to highlight the scholarship and study of Canada. Please contact the consortium at for more details and information.

The Canadian Studies Center is the Secretariat for the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium.

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Geoffrey Reaume Gives a Lecture on Memorializing Disability History in Canada

Geoff Reaume gave us a 'virtual tour' of the Toronto Asylum walls.

By Joanne Woiak, Disability Studies

Geoffrey Reaume, an associate professor in the Critical Disability Studies Graduate Program at York University in Toronto, visited the University of Washington in early February as part of the lecture and film series “Unspeakable: Disability History, Identity, and Rights.”

Geoff Reaume received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Toronto in 1997. He is the author of Remembrance of Patients Past: Patient Life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane, 1870-1940, and a co-founder of the Psychiatric Survivor Archives, Toronto. During his visit he participated in two public events. On Tuesday, February 8, we screened the documentary film Hurry Tomorrow, and afterwards Geoff facilitated a discussion about the conditions in psychiatric wards in the 1970s and alternative forms of community-based treatment and peer support available today for people with mental disabilities. In the conversation, Geoff helped to draw comparisons between how Canada and the United States approach issues of mental health care provision, such as the implementation of patient bills of rights, the dilemma of trans-institutionalization, and the universal problem of funding cuts to health and social services.

Geoff’s presentation on the evening of Thursday February 10 was entitled “Memorializing Mad People’s History: Preserving Our Past through Archives and Activism.” His work encompasses several projects that recover the words, activities, and histories of people with psychiatric diagnoses in Canada. He talked about his research on early-20th-century patient records and letters from the Toronto Asylum, his efforts to establish historical plaques commemorating the patient labor that built the asylum walls and to mark asylum gravesites, and a new initiative to archive the literature of the psychiatric consumer/survivors’ movement. The audience was especially interested to learn about how this memorializing work could serve as a model for similar projects in the Unites States.

Geoff’s presentations helped the campus community and the public to gain a greater appreciation for the work being done in Canadian public history and disability advocacy. His perspective on the history, identity, and rights of people labeled with mental disabilities made a valuable contribution to the programming around the Willard exhibit. The Disability Studies Program is grateful to the co-sponsors of these events, and we look forward to future collaborations with the Canadian Studies Center.

Joanne Woiak has a Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Toronto and is now a Lecturer in the Disability Studies Program at UW. She organized the “Unspeakable” series ( as well as the 2009 public symposium “Eugenics and Disability: History and Legacy in Washington” (

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

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Indigene-Settler-Migrant Relations in Canada and Aotearoa, New Zealand

Hine Waitere, New Zealand, Director of Indigenous Leadership Centre, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Tribal University of Awanuiarangi, Whakatane, NZ, in deep conversation with Dr. Jenny Lawn, Massey University, NZ and Dr. Sue Abel, University of Aukland, NZ.

By Dian Million, American Indian Studies

I had the honor this February 21-24 to attend an International Research Linkage Workshop – Living Together Differently: Indigene-Settler-Migrant Relations in Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand – to generate comparative interdisciplinary research programs and publications. A goal of our intensive two-day workshop was to further cement an emerging interdisciplinary research network between teams of scholars working on issues of redress, reconciliation, and national futures in Canada and Aotearoa, New Zealand. The workshop enhanced comparative discussions and put plans in order to lay the groundwork for a more extensive, permanent, research network. More specifically, we focused was on the types of sociality and ethics of care imagined as the basis for future relationships between particular communities within settler nations.

Both Canada and Aotearoa, New Zealand are “settler nations” in which national governments, in recent decades, have engaged in a politics of apology and redress. Such redress politics aim to repair past injustices in order to heal conflict-ridden relationships with indigenous peoples and former immigrant communities, aiming to build more peaceful futures and to manage and celebrate diversity within nations. Apologies and reparations are always Janus-faced in that they simultaneously look backwards to the past as well as forward toward a “reconciled” future. The question of the limits and possibilities of the future intercultural relationships that such “reconciliation” processes generate is pivotal for settler nations such as Canada and Aotearoa, New Zealand that are deemed to be global exemplars of pluralist nation-states.

As an American Indian Studies scholar I was interested in discussing and critiquing the initiative Canada has taken in using Human Rights resolution models such as Truth and Reconciliation and reparations to bring Canadian Aboriginal peoples into conversation with the state for historical injustices. The Indigenous peoples of Aotearoa, New Zealand – the Maori – have also been involved with such a model for building new more aware decolonized political and social relations with that state for over two decades.

Samah Sabra, ABD, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and Dr. Karla Milo-Schaeff, University of Otago, Wellington, NZ

I was excited to participate in this research network for a number of reasons but most importantly to strengthen the UW relationship with such an endeavor and to expand the strength of Canadian research on our campus. Participation enabled me to update my materials for my classes on American Indian and Canadian Aboriginal family and child histories.

Dian Million (Athabascan), Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies, explores the politics of knowledge and intellectual production for Native and Indigenous peoples. Her book manuscript is Therapeutic Nations: State violence, Indigenous community healing in a Neoliberal World Order.

Travel for participation and research was supported, in part, by funding from a Canadian Studies Center Program Enhancement Grant, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Government of Canada.

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Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) Arctic Foreign Policy Symposium

Sponsors and discussants pose for a photo following the symposium. From left, Greg Poelzer and Heather Exner-Pirot, International Centre for Northern Governance; Ken Coates, University of Waterloo; Gary Wilson, University of Northern British Columbia; Thierry Rodon, Université Laval; Beverly Young, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada; and Ross Macdonald, Transport Canada.

In mid-March the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, University of Saskatchewan, hosted a DFAIT symposium to showcase the research of past Circumpolar Fellowship recipients including Nadine Fabbi. Sixteen graduate students from across Canada – representing political science, history, education and other disciplines – provided differing approaches to Canadian policy initiatives in the Arctic.

Nadine, a doctoral student with the Educational Leadership and Policy studies program at the University of British Columbia, was one of ten students to be awarded a Canada’s Role in the Circumpolar World research fellowship in 2010. The fellowship supported the research and writing of the paper, “Toward a National Inuit Education Strategy.” Fabbi’s research explores the relationship between new concepts of territory found in international relations theory, particularly as these theories related to the Arctic region; and emerging Arctic foreign and educational policies.

Canada’s Role in the Circumpolar World research fellowships are co-sponsored by University of the Arctic and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and are facilitated by the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development. The purpose of the fellowships is to foster innovative research and policy development on a range of issues related to Canada in the circumpolar world.

Funding to attend the symposium was provided by the Government of Canada and the Center’s Title VI grant, U.S. Department of Education, Office of International Education Programs Service.

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Site Visit to Québec for URBDP 499B/600B Comparative Urban Planning and Urban Design: The Canadian Experience


By Fritz Wagner, Landscape Architecture

In late March I traveled to Québec as part of a site visit for a study-in-Québec program that will be offered in Summer Quarter 2011. The trip provided me with the opportunity to be in Quebec to see the physical places I plan on taking students and moreover gave me the chance to meet in person with other academics who will assist me in giving walking tours and lectures/conferences when I bring our students to Québec and Ottawa this summer. This helped strengthen the course offering and will certainly provide the students with real insights into the challenges the cities are facing in urban design and development. This in turn will help showcase what the University of Washington is doing as it relates to Canada. This is important in these days of cut backs to educational programs throughout the University.

I had a meeting with Marie Odile Trepanier at the University of Montréal and gave a conference/talk at the University of Laval on the topic of the importance of international travel for making the traveler and the world a better place. While at the University of Laval I met with Willem Fortin, who is in charge of student admissions and special programs at the Urban Planning Department and Professor Alain Caron from the University of Québec at Montréal. I also visited extensively with Mario Carrier who was the former director of the University of Laval Urban Planning Department. Finally, I had lengthy discussions with Regent Cabana who will be co-teaching the summer class with me. I met him while he was in Québec City teaching an intensive weekend class.

Perhaps the Canadian Studies Programs can continue as is or be expanded given it unique mission, especially given its close proximity to the US in so many ways.

Fritz Wagner is a Research Professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning and has extensive experience working internationally. He has taken students to eastern Canada for over thirty years.

This program was supported, in part, by funding from a Canadian Studies Center Program Enhancement Grant, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Government of Canada.

URBDP 499B/600B Comparative Urban Planning and Urban Design: The Canadian Experience will be offered 14-23 June 2011. For more information on the course see:

Four $500 Canadian Studies Center scholarships are available for students enrolled in the program. To apply send your name, program of study, and a paragraph describing the relevance of Canada to your studies/research – by 15 May 2011 – to

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Foster School of Business 5th Annual Canada Study Tour

Chris Bajuk

The Global Business Center in the Business School and the Canadian Studies Center collaborated to create a new program introduced in 2007, the Canada Global Business Study Tour. Despite the fact that the trade and investment relationships between the United States and Canada are among the largest in the world, the University of Washington MBA curriculum does not formally include Canada. The program supplements the MBA curriculum by introducing students to Canadian business practices. Through firsthand interactions with company executives, students have gained exposure to policy differences, macro economics, trade relationships, urban planning procedures, and the intricate planning for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Vancouver’s proximity to Seattle has allowed students facing time or budget challenges to participate in an international learning experience while highlighting the importance of the Canada-U.S. relationship.

During the 2011 Vancouver Canada Study Tour participants met with executives from TD Canada Trust, Canada Export Centre, Vancouver Convention Centre, Electronic Arts Inc, and Powerex. Participants also visited the U.S. Consulate at Vancouver to meet with the Consul General. All visits incorporated an in depth question and answer session aimed at exploring and understanding Canadian leadership style, bilateral trade differences and relations, and business competitiveness in a global economy.

The 5th Annual Canada Study Tour was led by MBA student, Chris Bajuk. The group was accompanied by Foster faculty member, Lillian Cheng, who has extensive international business teaching experience at both the MBA and undergraduate level both here and abroad. Dr. Cheng was able to broaden her own knowledge on cross-border business issues and facilitated academic discussions with the student group.

By participating in the 2011 Canada Study Tour, Foster MBA students were exposed to a diverse range of service sector companies giving them the opportunity to learn about trade and economic development – both top priorities in North American business communities. As leadership is a strong component of the Foster MBA, participants were able to compare their own leadership styles to those at successful Canadian companies they visited. Moreover, participants learned more about employment in Canada and opportunities for doing business regionally.

The 5th Annual Canada Study Tour was funded by a Government of Canada Student Mobility Program Grant. The Canada Study Tour is part of a new partnership between the Canadian Studies and Global Business Center – North American Economic Partnerships – to increase Canadian content in business courses and programming.

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Note from the Canadian Collections Librarian
By Sion Romaine, UW Libraries’ Canadian Studies Librarian

Allan King

The Libraries has purchased five actuality dramas by Canadian film director Allan King. Long before the reality-based programming genre exploded in popularity with such hits as "Big Brother", "Survivor" and "American Idol", Allan King began creating unscripted documentaries in the cinéma vérité genre that mixed people's private and public lives. Two of them, "Warrendale" (1967) and "A Married Couple" (1969), were banned by their commissioning Canadian television networks, due what was considered at the time to be excessive nudity and profanity. King's films cross the human life span from childhood ("Warrendale") and adolescence ("Come on Children"), to middle age ("A Married Couple"), to terminal illness and the end of life ("Dying at Grace", "Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company"). King has received multiple awards for his films, including the Cannes Film Festival's Prix d'art et d'essai for "Warrendale" and the Paris Film Festival's Grand Prix for his film adaptation of W.O. Mitchell's classic Canadian novel, "Who Has Seen the Wind?". One of Canada's most influential filmmakers, he was awarded the Order of Canada in 2002. "Warrendale", "Come on Children", "A Married Couple", "Dying at Grace" and "Memory" are now available for loan at the Media Center.

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Fulbright Chair Delivers Canadian History, Music and Culture at Chelan

Marcia, second from left (front), with Washington State educators.

Dr. Marcia Ostashewski, Canada-US Fulbright Research Chair in Canadian Studies, presented “Resources for teaching and learning about Canada: Histories, communities, music and culture” at the Washington State Council for the Social Studies annual Leadership Retreat at Lake Chelan this March. Co-authored by her partner in research, educator Dr. Doug Reid, this professional development workshop provided teaching and learning resources and strategies to explore Canada’s history and cultural diversity. These materials help teachers integrate a culturally inclusive approach to the teaching and learning of Canadian history and culture in social studies classrooms.

Resource guides were presented for teaching elementary and secondary programming including social studies, music, Gaelic, French and Mi’kmaq language and culture. Teaching and learning resources presented in the session included oral histories, audio recordings, biographies, digital images, lyrics and lead sheets, as well as music and dance activities – all developed by leading Canadian scholars and educators. A focus on the diverse cultural and musical heritage of Cape Breton Island – one of Ostashewski’s primary research sites - included Scottish, Mi’kmaq, Acadian, Gaelic, Eastern European and coalmining song and dance traditions. These song and dance traditions illustrate the central role music has played, and continues to play, on Canada’s east coast.

UW's Canada-US Fulbright Chair, Marcia Ostashewski, leads educators at Lake Chelan retreat in traditional dance.

Teachers who attended Ostashewski’s session enjoyed participating in music-making and dance as part of the session [photos] and were excited about using the resources in their teaching. They were especially eager about the resources aimed at helping them integrate song and dance as part of learning and teaching about – and experiencing – some of Canada’s history, communities, and culture.

This project was supported, in part, by funding from the Center’s Title VI grant, U.S. Department of Education, Office of International Education Programs Service. The Fulbright Chair is sponsored by Global Affairs, Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate Fund for Excellence and Innovation, and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

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Arctic Sovereignty at Edmonds Community College

Donn Charnley

By Donn Charnley, Professor Emeritus, Shoreline Community College

In the March course on Arctic Sovereignty, my understanding and knowledge of the Inuit in Arctic Canada was broadened. Since the mid-1930s I have visited, camped, hiked, climbed, sailed, and skied in Canada. I feel the need to know as much as I can about my warm neighbors as I can. I have been honored to know, and dance with, the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations of British Columbia since 1958. To this end I have carved masks, made button blankets, and learned the appropriate songs for the dances I have been given the privilege to perform. But I knew little about the far North.

The course was taught by Nadine Fabbi as part of the Creative Retirement Institute at Edmonds Community College. Nadine discussed the history of contact in Canada's Arctic, between explorers and the Inuit, and the more recent issues concerning climate change. I was intrigued by who has sovereignty over these lands now that there is greater interest from those living outside the Arctic. Nadine is an excellent teacher, a knowledgeable and caring advocate for her native country and for its people. I look forward to learning more.

The Creative Retirement Institute is a member-driven, self-supporting organization whose mission is to provide quality, affordable educational opportunities for adults in a supportive environment. I have enjoyed taking and teaching classes for the Institute - they are always engaging.

I look forward to both taking more of Nadine's classes - and, hopefully, to have her in some of mine!

Donn Charnley is an Emeritus Professor of Geology, Shoreline Community College. For ten years he worked for the Seattle Public Schools as a teacher and high school counselor. He was also a Washington State Senator and Legislator and ski instructor for many years.

This event was sponsored by the Creative Retirement Institute and is part of a long-standing relationship between the Institute and the Center.

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