University of Washington

November Newsletter 2012

Dear Colleagues,
Each month Dan and I are awed at the tremendous activity in Canadian studies and research at the U.W. This past month is no exception. Building on Arctic and indigenous strengths, our two FLAS Fellows report on their work on climate change and its impact to communities on the West Coast and in the Arctic; Marine Affairs offers a course on oil spills and impacts to northern communities; a Task Force alumna reports on progress made as a Pickering Fellow in Arctic foreign policy; and, the Center reports on its involvement in the Inuit Studies Conference hosted by the Smithsonian Institution. Enjoy these stories and more below and please send us your own activities – it would be an honor to include you! - Nadine

Canadian Studies Center, November Report, 2012
18th Inuit Studies Conference – Learning from the Top of the World

Conference advisory board: Vera Kingeekuk, Aqqaluk Lynge, Nancy Karetak-Lindell, and Louis-Jacques. Dorais.

The Canadian Studies Center is building its Arctic initiative bolstered, in part, by participation in the biennial Inuit Studies Conference held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. 24-29 October 2012. This was the first year the Center participated in the Inuit Studies Conference serving to build new scholarly and organizational relationships with the Center.

Nadine Fabbi, Associate Director of the Center, chaired the panel entitled, “Inuit Governance, Land Claims and Sovereignty.” Nine panelists participated including from Greenland and Nunatsiavut, Canada’s eastern-most Inuit region. Johannas Lampe, Minister of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in Nunatsiavut, and Dave Lough, Deputy Minister of Culture, presented on the Inuit economy in the region including Inuit art.

Nadine also gave her paper, “Inuit Political Involvement in the Arctic,” that explores the relationship between Arctic foreign policy, territory, and customary law as found in the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The conference was hosted by the Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. “The conference serves the critical function of drawing together scholars and Inuit representatives to share research results in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, political governance, environmental sciences, health, education, and culture” (conference brochure).

The Inuit Studies Conference, founded at l’Université Laval, has been held biennially since 1978. This was the largest conference ever and the first to be held in the “lower 48.” There were about 550 attendees representing 16 countries and 40 states in the United States. An additional 1,000 individuals accessed the conference on-line.

Conference website:

The Inuit Studies Conference provided Nadine with a National Science Foundation travel grant to present her research at the conference.

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Canadian Studies Center, November Report, 2012
UW National Resource Center Awarded a $750,000 Mellon Grant

Resat Kasaba (right), director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, with Claudio Aporta, 2011-12 Canada-US Fulbright Visiting Chair.

"The University of Washington has received a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its area studies programs, enabling eight Title VI National Resource Centers (NRCs) in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies to continue their programs for students, educators, and the community." See College of Arts and Sciences press release.

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington combines the social sciences, humanities, and professional fields to enhance our understanding of our interconnected globe.





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Canadian Studies Center, November Report, 2012
Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium Board Meets at UBC

Board members from left, front: Terry Simmons, Ted Fortier, Kathy Reavy, Nadine Fabbi. Back, from left: Ross Burkhardt, Michael Treleaven, Morna McEachern, Matthew Evenden, and Gary Wilson.

On 28 September 2012 the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Board met for their annual meeting at the University of British Columbia. The focus of the 2012 meeting was to establish a vision for the future of the organization particularly given the recent cut of the Understanding Canada program. The most important contribution of the Consortium is its annual general meeting. This last year over 60 scholars from the region participated in a one-day conference at the University of Washington. The Board committed to continuing the AGM annually and seeking broader participation particularly from community colleges and tribal colleges.

Currently there are about 47 active academic institutional members of the Consortium including the Government of Alberta and the Pacific Northwest Economic Region.

Ross Burkhardt, Boise State University, facilitated the meeting with the assistance of associate director, Gary Wilson, University of Northern British Columbia. Participants included Michael Treleaven, past executive director, Gonzaga University; Program Manager, Morna McEachern, University of Washington; Nadine Fabbi, University of Washington; Matthew Evenden, University of British Columbia; Ted Fortier, Seattle University; Kathy Reavy, Boise State University; and, Terry Simmons, Berkeley University.

The meeting was held in conjunction with the Beyond the Culture of Nature conference hosted by the Canadian Studies Center at the University of British Columbia.

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

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Canadian Studies Center, November Report, 2012
Canadian Studies from Western Washington University

Western Washington University appoints noted Canadian-U.S. relations scholar Christopher Sands, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, as the 2012-2013 Ross Distinguished Professor in Canada-US Business and Economic Relations. More ...

The Canadian Studies Center joins with the Center for Canadian-American Studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham to create a US Department of Education, Title VI Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada. 






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Canadian Studies Center, November Report, 2012
Oil in the Arctic - Decision Making Under Conflict and Uncertainty: Exploring the Environmental and Human Dimensions of Risk from Oil in a Changing Arctic
by Robert Pavia, Ph.D., School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

Instructors, Dr. Mary Baker of NOAA (left), Professor Tom Leschine (center) and Robert (right), meet after class session ends.

The School of Marine and Environmental Affairs is examining risks from maritime transportation and oil development in the Arctic in the face of change in the physical environment, ecosystems, and the human communities that depend upon them in a graduate course being offered autumn quarter. Graduate students from programs across campus are studying threats from oil in the context of conflicting values and human-induced changes in the Arctic, with a focus on decision-making affecting the future of the region. Understanding these problems in an international context, with an emphasis on Canada and native peoples, has been enhance by the with a guest lecture by Canadian Studies Center’s Nadine Fabbi on international relations & indigenous diplomacies in the Arctic.

The course provides understanding of theory and practice for environmental policy decision-making under conditions of uncertainty and social and political conflict, in the context of Arctic development. Continuing retreat of Arctic sea ice has opened the continental margin to increasing marine shipping and new oil exploration in an area that could hold 10% of the world’s remaining petroleum. Arctic shipping is increasing with commercial sea routes opening for both cargo and passenger traffic with associated pollution risks. The U.S. government has just released its Five Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, which anticipates expanded oil development in the Arctic. Taught in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, students gain experience in addressing problems in the context of the real world requirements of an ocean management agency. Two students from the class will travel to Barrow Alaska to participate in a community meeting focusing on mitigating local consequences of these larger scale changes.

Robert Pavia is an affiliate associate professor of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Robert has led projects including responding to human-caused and natural disasters, ecosystem-based management, and marine protected area management. 

Professor Thomas Leschine is the director and professor of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and an adjunct professor for the School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences. Thomas specialities include quantitative methods applied to resource management and environmental impact assessment, marine pollution management, and ocean policy studies. Thomas received his Ph.D. in 1975 from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Mary Baker is the Regional Manager of the Northwest Regions Assessment Restoration Division from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

Course Flyer

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Canadian Studies Center, November Report, 2012
Beyond Data and Models: Canada and the Pacific Northwest Cultural Experience
by Yan Cimon, Ph.D., 2012-2013 Fulbright Visiting Chair in Innovation

Photo: Marc Robitaille

It has been said countless times that Canada and the United States have what may be the most integrated economies in the world. Our transportation infrastructure, our food supply, our energy, our manufacturing, in a nutshell, anything that matters to our everyday lives relies on the careful – yet too often ad hoc – management of our mutual interdependencies.

Since I arrived at the University of Washington, I have been privileged to participate in the Goods Movement Collaborative – a very dynamic group led by Anne Goodchild from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. My research here focuses on the way Canadian and American value chains mesh with one another, or to put it more bluntly: how we “build things” together. Such endeavors entail looking for – and into – a lot of data and models on how inputs travel back and forth from one country to the other and so on. Yet, as I have been living in Seattle and traveling through the Pacific Northwest, from Oregon to Washington and British Columbia (Canada), it quickly became obvious that there was more to it…

In fact, many will tell you that crossing the border at Blaine, Washington is a very different experience from crossing the border at Jackman, ME. Yet, everyone is submitted to the same processes and requirements administered by the same organization(s). This means that there are important cultural factors that may influence the cross-border dynamics at play when finished and unfinished goods travel from one country to the other. Furthermore, these need to be better understood so that Canada and the United States can innovatively leverage their unique relationship and interdependencies in order to remain competitive in a challenging global environment.

Our countries need each other to remain prosperous and competitive but we have yet to figure out how to manage our relationship for it to reach its full economic potential. With such issues to reflect on, I sure am glad to have a few weeks left on campus!

Yan Cimon holds the Fulbright Visiting Chair in Innovation at the UW College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is Associate Professor of Strategy at Université Laval’s Faculty of Business Administration (Québec City, Canada) and is the Deputy Director of CIRRELT (Québec) – the Interuniversity Research Center on Logistics, Transportation and Enterprise Networks.

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Canadian Studies Center, November Report, 2012
Task Force on Arctic Sovereignty Alumna's New Journey
by Victoria Choe, Public Administraion and International Relations, Syracuse University

Victoria and 2012 Thomas. R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellows, 16th cohort.

Five months ago when I walked across the commencement stage, I realized that it was a beginning of a new journey in life. I would not have been able to embark on this new journey without the academic and professional experiences that I gained at the Canadian Studies Center at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. I received a tremendous mentorship from Nadine Fabbi, the Associate Director of the Canadian Studies Center, who encouraged me to utilize my strengths and passion in search of a career. I was in the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada with my Transnational Arctic Task Force group, when I learned about the career in Foreign Service. A year and a half later, I was honored to find out that I would be one of the 2012 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellows.

Currently, I reside in Syracuse, New York and I am pursuing a Master degree in Public Administration and International Relations in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. I chose a practical degree that would assist me in acquiring administrative skills to be an effective and efficient Management Officer in Foreign Service. I aspire to be a Management Officer who makes the diplomacy work!

In summer of 2013, I will be moving to Washington, D.C. to begin my internship with the State Department. I am eager to contribute my Arctic knowledge and experiences that I gained from Canadian Studies Center in the Office Ocean and Polar Affairs at the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Furthermore, I envision continuing my education at the Free University of Berlin in Germany in spring of 2014. My research in Germany will focus on the EU’s energy security and implications of involvement in the Arctic region.

While it is daunting to begin a new journey, I am constantly reminded of unconditional support that I receive from the community at University of Washington. And I am forever thankful to those people.

The Task Force is the capstone course for the International Studies major. The first Task Force on Arctic Canada was offered in 2009. The Winter 2011 Canada Task Force was entitled, "Melting Boundaries: Rethinking Arctic Governance" co-instructed by Vincent Gallucci, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and Nadine Fabbi, Canadian Studies Center. Victoria served as Coordinator. In Winter Quarter 2013, the Arctic Canada Task Force, "Arctic Securities," will focus on Québec’s role in the Arctic.

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Canadian Studies Center, November Report, 2012
Canada and the Pacific Northwest Coast
by Michael Tillotson, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, 2012-2013 FLAS, Tlingit

As a student in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, my studies focus on the physical and abstract interactions of the human and natural worlds in the marine environment. The coast is a particularly important place to study these interactions because of the incredible amount of human and natural activity that takes place in a relatively small area, and because of the rapid pace of change in coastal communities and ecosystems. For communities that have historically prospered based on their proximity to the ocean change has not always been kind. Very generally my research is intended to explore the ways in which place-dependent communities can survive in the face of change. There is perhaps no better example of a place-dependent community than the indigenous communities of the Pacific Northwest. Not only do they have some of the longest standing traditions and ties to the land, but they have also demonstrated a huge capacity for adaptation, and continue to face some of the most significant challenges among coastal communities.

The indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest have for time immemorial adapted to change along our coasts. Their way of life has survived the advance and retreat of glaciers, as well as to the advance of Europeans. Today the challenges faced by indigenous communities seem no less significant. They face changes in the marine resources on which they depend in addition to lingering social and economic issues. A lack of local economic opportunities can lead to migration away from communities which in turn weakens cultural ties to the place and its resources. My research seeks to address this issue by considering what types of economic development can successfully and sustainably utilize the cultural and natural resources of indigenous communities to ensure that they survive in the face of change.

With the generous funding of the FLAS fellowship I have been able to enroll in Tlingit language classes; an indigenous language of Southeast Alaska and Northern British Columbia. This opportunity has been challenging – Tlingit contains at least 20 sounds not used in English – and fascinating. I have been pleased to find that the language and the culture cannot be readily separated, and thus my language studies have been integral to gaining a better understanding of what is at risk of being lost if indigenous communities cannot find sustainable industries.

Throughout Washington, Alaska, and British Columbia indigenous communities are experimenting with industries that draw off their existing capacities while honoring culture. These include, for example, cultural tourism, aquaculture, seafood processing and renewable energy. Over the remainder of the year I will be working to evaluate such opportunities and their success in achieving the goal of cultural, economic and environmental sustainability in indigenous communities.

Funding for FLAS Fellowships is provided by a Center allocation from International and Foreign Language Education, U.S. Department of Education. Visit our FLAS page:

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Canadian Studies Center, November Report, 2012
FLAS Fellow Presents at the Beyond the Nature Conference: Rethinking Canadian & Environmental Studies
by Michael Hank, Summer FLAS 2012, Evans School of Public Affairs

Michael with Matthew Evenden, Associate Professor Environment and Sustainability at the Canadian Studies Center at University of Washington, Sept 30, 2012 after discussion panel presentation.

Being asked not only to attend but, present a topic at this, my first academic conference as a presenter, by Nadine Fabbi, Associate Director of University of Washington’s Canadian Studies Center, was like, “sure I can do that….right?” Sponsored by the University of British Columbia’s Canada Studies Center, I was very much impressed to hear the many different and eclectic topics presented by Canadian Studies subject matter experts such as utilizing Canadian poetry in classes, how to extract water from icebergs for bottled water manufacturing, to expressions of various Canadian urban architecture concepts.

As a first year Evans School graduate student, attending this conference was a stimulating opportunity to observe as well as talk with academic professionals representing a wide range of backgrounds. Of main interest to me was how this information was orally presented. Public speaking and policy making go hand in hand, and this conference afforded me a firsthand opportunity on how to implement both.

Trying to bring a new twist to my presenter skills, I discussed how climate change has impacted inhabitants living in the Arctic regions of the Canadian white north while looking at the possible seeds of conflicts which could arise between neighboring Arctic states. From U.S. & Canadian military operations designed to claim Arctic territory while providing a strong and over-reaching national defence structure, the term “Cold War” may have new meaning.

As part of my graduate public affairs project, I hope to conduct area studies and research in the Canadian Arctic on these main policy issues. In retrospect, this conference provided me a look into utilizing new presentation skills while giving me an opportunity to meet with many other academic professionals dedicated to protecting and educating students about Canada’s Arctic region.”

Funding for FLAS Fellowships is provided by a Center allocation from International and Foreign Language Education, U.S. Department of Education. Visit our FLAS page:

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Canadian Studies Center, November Report, 2012
News from the Canadian Studies Librarian
by Siôn Romaine, U.W. Canadian Studies Librarian

Cover of Seaweed on the Street.

Building a strong collection in any subject area is not a simple task. Librarians must consider what is needed now with what might be needed by historians in the future, and must meet those needs within our budgets.

To build collections, librarians rely heavily on approval plans, reviews in relevant magazine and journals (such as the American Review of Canadian Studies journal), as well as analysis and comparison of collections with those of other libraries. However, we also rely on word-of-mouth from faculty, students, or staff about materials that might be suitable for the collection. These suggestions can be invaluable, for they may not only help confirm that we are collecting in the right area, they may also inform us about new areas of interest, be it for research, recreational reading, or a combination of the two.

Recently, I received a suggestion from a faculty member in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at UWT. Would the Libraries consider purchasing Stanley Evans’ Silas Seaweed mystery series? The faculty member explained that although they are probably more public library fare, they are set on Vancouver Island, feature a protagonist of First Nations descent, and offer insight into Pacific Northwest issues. Although the Libraries does not routinely purchase novels in the mystery genre, materials with a Canadian, First Nations or Pacific Northwest themes are always of interest to Canadian Studies. Such a series would be relevant to those interested in studying contemporary Canadian popular literature, or interested in analyzing the portrayal of First Nations characters in literature over the years. I agreed to purchase the series and let the faculty member know.

Got a purchase idea? Your feedback and suggestions are always welcome. Use our purchase suggestion form or feel free to contact me or any of my colleagues directly.

Siôn was appointed Canadian Studies Librarian in 2005. His degree is from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia with a research focus in First Nations library services. Siôn oversees the Libraries’ Subject Guide on Canada, provides a monthly notice of new Canadian Studies acquisitions, and serves as the Library representative on the Executive Council for the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium.

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Kelsey Barrett, JSIS and Arctic Task Force alumna, is now in Gambia working for Tostan. Kelsy, far left, participated in a race with the Ngor Swim Club. (9/12)

Victoria pumpkin picking to welcome fall season in Seneca Falls, New York.(10/12)

Nadine with Judith Burch, Research Collaborator, Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian, and David Biette, Director, Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, one of the conference hosts. (10/12)



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