University of Washington


Dear Colleagues,
Welcome to fall quarter! I am very pleased to report on the breadth of scholarship on indigenous nations in Canada occurring at the University of Washington. In late summer Sharon Hargus, Linguistics, co-chaired a conference on Athabaskan/Dene languages with our partner institution, Western Washington University; Katie Bunn-Marcuse hosted several First Nations artists at the Bill Holm Center; and, Daniel Hart, Center chair, along with Charlotte Coté, American Indian Studies, are currently co-hosts of a six-part UWTV series, Voices of First Peoples. Find their stories below along with reports from Center affiliated faculty, FLAS Fellows, our Killam Fellow, and one of our teacher associates. – Nadine


Documentary Film Series on UWTV – Voices of the First Peoples
The Canadian Studies Center is proud to be a partner in the new UWTV series, Voices of the First Peoples, showing the culture, struggles and heritage of Native people from across Canada and the United States. More ..

Canadian First Nations Artist in Residence at U.W.
by Katie Bunn-Marcuse, Bill Holm Center, Burke Museum
Sonny Assu studied the Kwakwaka’wakw collection at the Burke Museum in July 2012 on a grant from the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art. More ...



2012 Athabaskan/Dene Languages Conference at Western Washington University
by Sharon Hargus, Linguistics
First Nations community language specialists and scholars from Canada and the United States gathered at Western Washington University (WWU), August 15-17, 2012, to share information about the Athabaskan/Dene languages, a group of about 40 related languages spoken in the interior of Alaska, much of western Canada, the southwest United States and various locations on the Pacific coast. More ...

Tar Sands? Oil Sands? Two U.W. Delegates Travel to Northern Alberta
by Todd Wildermuth, School of Law
The governments of Canada and Alberta are keenly interested in developing their oil sands resources and eager to convince the global community they can do so with no worse effects than oil produced elsewhere. More ...

Canada Can Maintain Ties with Virtual Embassies
by Philip Howard, Communication
On 24 September 2012, Philip Howard's OpEd piece on virtual embassies was published in The Globe and Mail. For the full article, click here.

Board of Directors of the Association of Canadian Studies
Morna McEachern, Social Work, and Program Manager for Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium (PNWCSC), has recently been invited to join the board of directors of the Association of Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) and to serve as its secretary. More ...


Killam Fellow Visits the U.S. Ambassador to Canada!
by Jenny Irene Miller, BFA in Photomedia & BA in American Indian Studies
My journey to London, Ontario began in Fairbanks, Alaska where I spent one of my last weeks before school began. More ...


FLAS Ethnomusicology Awardee Spends the Summer in Montréal
by Hilary Johnson, Summer FLAS 2012, Ethnomusicology
This summer I was enrolled in six weeks of intensive French courses at POINT3 Language Center in the Old Port of Montréal. More ...


Canada in the Ida B. Wells High School at the U.W.
by Paulette Thompson, K-12 STUDY CANADA Teacher Associate
How often do you get to discuss Canadian literature and multiculturalism over breakfast with fellow educators over a weekend? More ...


Co-organizers of the Athabaskan/Dene Languages Conference, Ed Vajda, WWU, and Sharon Hargus (UW Linguistics) listening to one of the presenters. The map on the wall shows the distribution of the languages. (08/12) (photo by Siri G. Tuttle)

Task Force on Arctic Sovereignty students (2009) from Arctic Sweden - Stephen Printz and Emily Epsten (9/11).

Yan Cimon, l'Université Laval (left), Visiting Canadian Fulbright Chair in Innovation, visits with Kevin Cook, Senior Political, Academic and Economic Officer, Consulate General of Canada, Seattle. (9/12)


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