Ken Coates CV

Curriculum Vitae:  Dr. Ken Coates

University of Saskatchewan Address:  

Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, Room 182, 101 Diefenbaker Place

University of Saskatchewan      Saskatoon, Saskatchewan       S7N 5B8

1 306 966 5136 (office)

University Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (History), University of British Columbia, 1978

Master of Arts (History), University of Manitoba, 1980.

PhD (History), University of British Columbia, 1984.  Dissertation:  “Best Left As Indians: Native-White Relations in the Yukon Territory, 1840-1950.” Supervisor Dr. David Breen.

Academic and Professional Positions

Director, International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, a research and community outreach institute focused on the provincial and circumpolar North, January 2013 – July 2016

Co-founder and Director, Thematic Network on Circumpolar Innovation, University of the Arctic (established as of May 2014 – present

Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan, 2012 – present

Policy Innovation Research Suite, Canada Foundation of Innovation funded video-conference research facility

Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, and co-Director of the Aboriginal People and Natural Resources research and policy program (a multi-year funded research initiative launched at the instigation of the Assembly of First Nations and with extensive private sector support)

Professor of History, University of Waterloo, 2011-2012

Administrative leave, involving extensive international research focusing on how Northern and remote communities (from Scandinavia and Canada to Japan and across Europe) were responding to the economic and workforce challenges of the “new economy.”

Dean, Faculty of Arts, and Professor, Department of History,

University of Waterloo, 2006-2011

  • Faculty had 7,000 students, 240 faculty and approximately 300 staff members, and a $50 million annual budget
  • Led the establishment of the UW-Stratford campus, which focuses on global business and digital media.  The undergraduate program, launched two years ago, was the largest first year program in the history of the University.  The Stratford campus received a grant of land and $10 million from the City of Stratford, $10 million from the Government of Ontario and $5.5 million from the Centres for Excellence for the Commercialization of Research program.
  • As part of a major expansion in graduate enrollment, established a Masters of Public Service program as a professional training opportunity.
  • Reorganized the Faculty’s budget system to provide greater transparency and equity.
  • Accelerated Tri-Council funding applications and Tri-Council success rates, resulting in the Faculty of Arts becoming one of the most successful in the country.
  • Active participant in the establishment of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, a partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University and the Centre for International Governance Innovation
  • Successful fund-raising activity that generated more than $100 million from private and government sources over five years, including seven endowed research chairs.
  • Active engagement with the regional community, particularly in the areas of cultural programming and innovation initiatives.

Coates Holroyd Consulting, North Vancouver, B.C., 2004 –2006

  • When funding issues delayed the progress of Quest University, and faced with my mother in law’s serious illness, we relocated to North Vancouver and worked on a variety of education, Aboriginal and regional development projects for two years before deciding to return to the university world.

Vice-President (Academic), Sea to Sky University, Squamish, B.C., 2004

  • Due to my wife’s ill-health (now fully resolved), we left the University of Saskatchewan and relocated to British Columbia. I was involved in the early stages of the program design and institutional planning for what is now Quest University.

Dean, College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 2001-2004.

  • Oversaw the College of Arts and Science, one of the largest faculties in the country.  At the time, the Faculty had 23 departments in the divisions of Humanities and Fine Arts, Social Science and Science, close to 8000 students, 300 faculty members and 500 staff members.
  • Reorganized the Dean’s office to expand our presence in student services and Aboriginal programming, including hiring the first Aboriginal Advisor to the Dean.
  • Financial limitations limited the opportunity for new major new initiatives, but I oversaw major interdisciplinary projects in Indigenous Justice, Biotechnology and Toxicology.
  • Restructured the facilities management and Information Technology arrangements, with a view to ensuring the College had the physical infrastructure needed to succeed.

Acting Provost and Vice-President (Academic), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 2002-2003.

  • When the Provost went on administrative leave, I was asked to assume the position on a temporary basis.
  • Dealt with a major crisis associated with the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine being placed on probation.  Accelerated negotiations with the Government of Saskatchewan resulted in a major infusion of funding and support for the medical library.
  • Led the creation of an Aboriginal planning document for the university;
  • Led the creation of an International planning document for the university;
  • Managed the implementation of the university’s new integrated planning process.

Dean, Faculty of Arts and Professor of History, University of New Brunswick at Saint John, Saint John, New Brunswick, July 1997-2000.

  • Developed strong ties with the City of Saint John and was involved in a comprehensive community development process.
  • Developed new interdisciplinary undergraduate programs, including degrees in Communication Studies and Sports Psychology.
  • Facilitated greater interdisciplinary engagement, particularly with the Faculty of Business.
  • Launched a “Career Ready” initiative to align undergraduate students’ experience with the job market and secured over $400,000 in government funding to support post-graduation career opportunities for Arts students.
  • Instigated an externally funded government-business-university collaboration that supported six students per year engaging in international business development and university recruiting activities.

Professor of History and Chair, Department of History, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, 1995-1997.

Vice-President (Academic) and Professor of History, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, B.C., 1992-1995.

Professor, Department of History, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., 1986-1992.

Associate Professor, Department of History, Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, 1983-1986.

Sessional Lecturer, Department of History, University of British Columbia, 1982-1983.

Sessional Lecturer, Department of History, Langara Campus, Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, B.C., 1980-1982.

 Fields of Scholarly Interest

Regional Innovation

Northern Canada

Aboriginal Rights, Treaties and Economic Conditions

Science, Technology and Society, with an Emphasis on Japan

World and Comparative History

Post-Secondary Education

Scholarships, Fellowships, Honours and Awards

McKechnie Memorial Award (Undergraduate History), University of British Columbia, 1977

Manitoba Graduate Fellowship, University of Manitoba, 1978-1979

W.L. Morton Gold Medal in History, University of Manitoba, 1980

MacMillan Family Fellowship, University of British Columbia, 1980-1983.

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 1981-1983

SSHRC Research Award, 1986-1989

Margaret McWilliams Medal (Popular History in Manitoba, with Fred McGuiness), 1987

SSHRC Research Leave Time Stipend, 1988-1989

Australian National University Visiting Professorship, North Australia Research Unit, 1990

SSHRC Research Award, 1990-1994

Aboriginal Economic Development Award, SSHRC/Indian Affairs, 1992-1994

British Columbia Historical Society Certificate of Merit, 1991 (for The Sinking of the Princess Sophia)

Award of Merit, Yukon Museums and Historical Association, 1991 (for Best Left as Indians and North to Alaska)

Canadian Studies Award, Australia-New Zealand Canadian Studies Association, 1995-1996.

Pettyjohn Visiting Professorship, Department of History, Washington State University, 1997.

  1. Gordon Plewes Award for Civil Engineering History, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, 1998.

Shortlisted for the Donner Prize for Public Policy (for The Marshall Decision and Aboriginal Rights), 2001.

SSHRC Research Award, 2004-2007.

Short-listed for Non-Fiction Saskatchewan Book of the Year (for Strange Things Done: A History of Murder in the Yukon), 2004.

SSHRC President’s Research Award, 2008-2009, with Kathleen Bloom and Mark Zanna, $25,000.

Winner of the Donner Prize for Public Policy, 2009 (for the co-authored book, Arctic Front)

SSHRC Research Award, 2011-2013, community-based research, co-investigator with Kathleen Bloom, $125,000.

Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, SSHRC.

Canada Foundation for Innovation, Prairie Innovation Research Suite.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2103

Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Appointed as Senior Fellow, Mach 2012 – present.

Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation for Service to Japan, 2014

Elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, September 2015

Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Australian National University, August-September 2016.

Sask. Book Awards, 2016: Won the University of Saskatchewan Non-Fiction Award for #Idlenomore and Remaking of Canada (University of Regina Press).

Top 100 Canadian Political Books for 2015, National Post for #IdleNoMore and the Remaking of Canada (University of Regina Press)

Shortlisted for the Donner Prize for Public Policy, 2016 for From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation (UBC Press).

Shortlisted for the John W. Dafoe Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, 2016 for From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation (UBC Press).

Sask. Book Awards, 2016: Shortlisted for the City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award for From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation (UBC Press).

Sask. Book Awards, 2016: Shortlisted for the University of Regina Arts and Luther College Award for Scholarly Writing for From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation (UBC Press).

Academic Books

Vancouver’s Fair: An Administrative and Political History of the Pacific National Exhibition. (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1982), pp. 192. With David Breen.

Canada’s Colonies: A History of the Yukon and Northwest Territories. (Toronto: James Lorimer and Company, 1985), pp. 260.

Land of the Midnight Sun: A History of the Yukon Territory. (Edmonton: Hurtig Publishing, 1988).  Second Edition (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005), pp. 384. W.R. Morrison.

The Modern North: People, Politics and the Rejection of Colonialism. (Toronto: James Lorimer, 1989), pp. 168.  With Judith Powell.

The Sinking of the Princess Sophia: Taking the North Down With Her. (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1990), pp. 220.  Revised U.S. edition.  (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1991). With W.R. Morrison.

My Dear Maggie: Letters from a Western Manitoba Pioneer. (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1991), pp. 245. Edited with W.R. Morrison.

Best Left as Indians: Native-White Relations in the Yukon Territory. (Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1991), pp 384.

The Alaska Highway in World War II: The U.S. Army of Occupation in Canada’s Northwest.  (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992), also published in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992), pp. 309.  With W.R. Morrison.

The Forgotten North: A History of Canada’s Provincial Norths. (Toronto: James Lorimer & Company, Publishers, 1992), pp. 144. With W.R. Morrison.

Working the North: Labor and the Northwest Defence Projects, 1942-1946. (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1994), pp. 272.  With W.R. Morrison.

Living Relationships: The Treaty of Waitangi in the New Millennium. (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 1998), pp. 270. With P.G. McHugh.

Pacific Partners: The Japanese Presence in Canadian Business, Society, and Culture. (Toronto: James Lorimer and Company, 1996), p. 190.  With Carin Holroyd.

Canadian Business, E-Commerce and Marketing to Japan. (Ottawa: Canada-Japan Trade Council, 2000). Pp. 45. With Jim Tiessen.

The Marshall Decision and Native Rights in the Maritimes. (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000), pp. 434.

An Apostle of the North:  Memoirs of the Right Reverend William Carpenter Bompas. (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2002) pp. 476. Revised Edition, with a substantial introduction. With W.R. Morrison.

Japan and the Internet Revolution. (Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2003), pp. 224. With Carin Holroyd.

Strange Things Done:  Murder in Yukon History. (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004), pp. 224.  With W.R. Morrison.

A Global History of Indigenous Peoples: Struggle and Survival. (London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2004), pp. 312.

Land of the Midnight Sun: A History of the Yukon, 2nd Edition. (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005), 344. With W.R. Morrison.

The Road, Constructing the Alaska Highway. (Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication, 2007), pp. 159. With Andrew Hunter and Catherine Crowston.

Innovation Nation: Science and Technology in 21st Century Japan. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), pp. 272. With Carin Holroyd.

Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North. (Toronto: Thomas Allen Publishers, 2008), pp. 336. With P. Whitney Lackenbauer, William R. Morrison, Greg Poelzer.

Digital Media in East Asia: National Innovation and the Transformation of a Region. (New York: Cambria, 2012), pp. 282. With Carin Holroyd.

Campus Confidential: 100 startling things you don’t know about Canadian universities, 2nd Edition. (Toronto: James Lorimer and Company, 2013), pp. 256.

What to Consider When You Are Considering University. (Toronto: Dundurn, 2014), pp. 216. With W.R. Morrison.

 The Global Digital Economy: A Comparative Public Policy Analysis (New York: Cambria Press, 2015).  250 pp. With Carin Holroyd.

#IdleNoMore and the Remaking of Canada (Regina: University of Regina Press, 2015).

What to Consider When You Are Considering College (Toronto: Dundurn, 2015), pp. 216.  With W.R. Morrison.

From Treaty People to Treaty Nation: A Roadmap for All Canadians (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2015), With Greg Poelzer.

Dream Factories: Why Universities Will Not Solve the Youth Job Crisis (Toronto: Dundurn, 2016), With W.R. Morrison.

 Academic Books (edited)

The Alaska Highway: Papers of the 40th Anniversary Symposium. (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1985), pp. 275.

Northern Communities: The Prospects for Empowerment. (Edmonton: Boreal Institute, 1988), pp. 100.  Edited with Gurston Dacks.

Out of the Background: Readings on Canadian Native History, 2nd Edition (revised 1996). (Toronto: Copp Clark-Pitman, 1988), pp. 294.  Edited with Robin Fisher.

Interpreting the Canadian North: Selected Readings. (Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman, 1989), pp. 336.  Edited with W.R. Morrison.

For the Purposes of Dominion: Essays on Government and the Canadian North in Honour of Morris Zaslow. (Toronto: Captus Press, 1989). Pp. 180.  Edited with W.R. Morrison.

Aboriginal Land Claims in Canada: A Regional Perspective. (Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman Ltd., 1992), pp. 246.

Indigenous Peoples in Remote Regions: Comparative Perspectives. (Thunder Bay: Centre for Northern Studies, 1995), pp. 416.  Edited with John Taylor.

The Historiography of the Northern Provinces. (Thunder Bay: Centre for Northern Studies, 1996). Edited with W.R. Morrison.

The Klondike Gold Rush in International Perspective. (Whitehorse: Northern Review, 1999). Edited with Colin Coates.

Northern Visions: The History and Historiography of the Canadian North. (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2001), pp. 224. Edited with Kerry Abel.

Parallel Destinies: Canadian-American Relations West of the Rockies. (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002), pp. 302. Edited with John Findlay.

Japan in the Age of Globalization. (London, Routledge: 2011), pp. 232. Edited with Carin Holroyd.

East Asia and the Arctic: Boundary, Security and International Politics. (Waterloo: Centre for International Governance Innovation, 2014), pp. 185.  Edited with Kimie Hara.

 On the Frontier:  Letters from the Canadian West in the 1880s (Regina: University of Regina Press, 2015), Edited with W.R. Morrison.

 Academic Articles

 “Furs Along the Yukon: Hudson’s Bay Company–Native Trade in the Yukon River Valley, 1983-1893,” BC Studies, No. 55 (Autumn 1982): 50-78.

“Protecting the Monopoly: The Hudson’s Bay Company and Contemporary Knowledge of the Far Northwest,” Yukon Historical and Museums Association, Proceedings of the Fall Meeting, 1983, No. 2 (1984).

“The Kennicott Network: Robert Kennicott and the Far Northwest,” Yukon Historical and Museums Association, Proceedings of the Fall Meeting, 1983, No. 2 (1984).

“Betwixt and Between: The Anglican Church and the Children of the Carcross (Chooutla) Residential School, 1922-1954,” BC Studies, No. 64 (Winter 1984-1985): 27-47.

“Northern Visions: Recent Historical Writing on the Canadian North,” Manitoba History, No. 10 (Autumn 1985): 2-9.  With W.R. Morrison.

“Send Only Those Who Rise a Peg, Anglican Clergy in the Yukon, 1858-1932,” Journal of the Canadian Church Historical Society, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Summer 1986): 3-18.

“Controlling the Periphery: The Territorial Administrations of the Yukon and Alaska, 1867-1959.” In An Alaska Anthology: Interpreting the Past, edited by Stephen W. Haycox and Mary Childers Mangusso, 191-205. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996. Originally published in Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 4 (October 1987): 145-51.

“Best Left as Indians: The Federal Government and the Indians of the Yukon Territory, 1894-1950.” In Out of the Background: Readings in Native History, edited by Robin Fisher and Ken Coates. Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman, 1988. Originally published in Canadian Journal of Native Studies, Vol. 4, No. 2 (1984): 179-204.

“On the Outside in Their Homeland: Native People and the Evolution of the Yukon Economy,” The Northern Review, No. 1 (Summer 1988): 73-89.

“Whitehorse and the Building of the Alaska Highway,” Alaska History No. 4 (Summer 1989): 1-26.  With Judith Powell.

“The Sinking of the Princess Sophia: A Missing Element in the Cultural History of the Canadian Northwest,” Northwest Folklore, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Spring 1989).

“Towards an Indigenous Scholarship: The Case for a Northern-Based Research Capacity in Canada,” The Northern Review, No. 5 (Fall 1990).

“Western Manitoba and the 1885 Rebellion,” Manitoba History, No. 20 (Fall 1990): 32-41.

“The American Rampant: Reflections on the Impact of the U.S. Armed Forces Overseas During World War II,” Journal of World History, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Fall 1991): 201-222. With W.R. Morrison.

“The Integration and Reintegration of the Yukon River Basin: Reflections on the History of the Yukon-Alaska Boundary,” Locus: An Historical Journal of Regional Perspectives, Vol. 5, No. 1 (1992): 33-53.  With David McCrady and W.R. Morrison.

“Soldier-Workers: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Northwest Defense Projects, 1942-1946,” Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 62, No. 3 (August 1993): 273-304.  With W.R. Morrison.

“Forgotten Warriors: War and the Restructuring of Western Canadian Society,” Journal of the West, Vol. 32, No. 4 (October 1993): 5-8.  With W.R. Morrison

“The Army of Occupation: Americans in the Canadian Northwest During World War II,” Journal of the West, Vol. 32, No. 4 (October 1993): 9-18.  With W.R. Morrison.

“The Rediscovery of the North: Towards a Conceptual Framework for Northern/Remote Regions Studies,” Northern Review, No. 12/13 (Summer 1994/Winter 1994): 15-43.

“The Federal Government and Urban Development in Northern Canada After World War II: Whitehorse and Dawson City, Yukon Territory,” BC Studies, No. 104 (Winter 1994/1995): 25-67.  With W.R. Morrison.

“War-Time Boom Town: Fort St. John, British Columbia During World War II,” Journal of the West, Vol. 36, No. 4 (October 1997): 36-42.

“A Drunken Impulse:” Aboriginal Justice Confronts Canadian Law, Western Historical Quarterly No. 27 (Winter 1996): 452-477.  With W.R. Morrison.

“To Make These Tribes Understand”: The Trial of Alikomiak and Tatamigana,” Arctic Vol. 51, No. 3 (September 1998): 220-230.  With W.R. Morrison.

“Reading the North: CIHM and Human History North of 60,” Facsimile The Canadian North, No. 20 (November 1998): 2-3.

“The Front Line of Canadian Prosperity:  Remote Camps in Canadian History,” Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Proceedings of the 1st Cold Regions Specialty Conference, Regina, SK., June 3-5, (June 1999).

“Writing First Nations Into Canadian History: A Review of Recent Scholarly Works,” Canadian Historical Review, Vol. 81, No. 1 (March 2000): 99-114.

“Tracking the Snowbirds: Seasonal Migration from Canada to the U.S.A. and Mexico,” The American Review of Canadian Studies, Vol. 32, No. 3 (Autumn 2002) 433-50. With Robert Healy and W.R. Morrison.

“Breathing New Life Into Treaties: History, Politics, the Law, and Aboriginal Grievances in Canada’s Maritime Provinces,” Agricultural History, Vol. 77, No. 2 (Spring 2003): 333-354.

“Learning from Others: Comparative History and the Study of Indigenous-Newcomer Relations,” Native Studies Review, Vol. 16, No. 1 (2005), 3-14.

“Reconciliation in Northern British Columbia?  Future Prospects for Aboriginal Newcomer Relations,” The Northern Review, No. 25/26 (Summer 2005): 17-34.  With W.R. Morrison.

“Founding of the University of Northern British Columbia,” The Northern Review, No. 27, 4/20 (Fall 2007): 20-27.

“The Power to Transform: The Kemano Power Project and the Debate about the Future of Northern British Columbia,” Journal of Northern Studies, No.1-2 (2007): 31-50.

“The New North in Canadian History and Historiography,” History Compass, Vol. 6, No. 2 (March 2008): 639-658. With William R. Morrison.

“Reinventing Universities: Continuing Education and the Challenge of the 21st Century,” Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education, Vol. 39, No. 1 (Spring 2013): 1-12.

“Indigenous Internationalism and the Emerging Impact of UNDRIP in Aboriginal Affairs in Canada,” Terry Mitchell, ed., The Internationalization of Indigenous Rights (Waterloo: CIGI, 2014), 5-10. With Carin Holroyd.

“Were Residential Schools All ‘Bad’?”  The Dorchester Review, Volume 4, Number 2, Autumn/Winter 2014, 25-29.

The Tsilhqot’in decision and the future of British Columbia,” An Exchange between Ken Coates and Gordon Gibson, Inroads: The Canadian Journal of Opinion, Issue. No. 36 (Winter/Spring 2015), 24-38.

“Leadership Challenges for First Nations Governments” The Journal of Aboriginal Management, Issue 18, February 2016, 22-25.

“The resource economy and the front lines of reconciliation” Inside Policy, December 2015, 14-17.

 “Île-à-la-Crosse Northern Village, Saskatchewan: A new Approach to Understanding Northern Communities” The Northern Review, Volume 42, 2016, 131-175, with Greg Finnegan.

 Chapters in Academic Books

“The Civilian Highway: Public Works Canada and the Alaska Highway, 1964-83,” in K. Coates, ed., The Alaska Highway: Papers of the 40th Anniversary Symposium, 133-150. (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1985).

“The Alaska Highway and the Indians of the Southern Yukon, 1942-50: A Study of Native Adaptation to Northern Development,” in K. Coates, ed., The Alaska Highway: Papers of the 40th Anniversary Symposium, 151-171. (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1985)..

“A Very Imperfect Means of Education”: Indian Day Schools in the Yukon Territory, 1890-1955” in Jean Barman, Y. Hebert and D. McCaskill, eds., Indian Education in Canada, Vol. 1: The Legacy, 132-149 (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1986).

“More Than a Matter of Blood: The Federal Government, the Churches and the Mixed Blood Populations of the Yukon and the Mackenzie River Valley, 1890-1950,” in F.L. Barron and J.B. Waldram, 1885 and After: Native Society in Transition, 132-49. (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1986). With W.R. Morrison.

“Upsetting the Rhythms: The Federal Government and the Evolution of Native Life in the Yukon Territory, 1945-1970,” in Dacks and Coates, eds., Northern Communities: The Prospects for Empowerment (Edmonton: Boreal Institute, 1988).  Reprinted in Ken Coates and Robin Fisher, eds., Out of the Background Readings on Canadian Native History, 2nd Edition (Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman, 1996).

“On the Move: Reflections on the Impact of Non-Native Transciency on the Yukon Territory, in Arctic Institute of North America,” Old Pathways and New Directions: Towards a Sustainable Future (Calgary: Arctic Institute of North America, 1989): 1-14.

“Transiency in the Far Northwest: The Sinking of the Princess Sophia,” in Ken Coates and W.R. Morrison, eds., Interpreting the Canadian North (Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman, 1989).  With W.R. Morrison.

“The Federal Government and Economic Development in the Yukon Territory: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives,” in Ken Coates and W.R. Morrison, eds., For the Purposes of Dominion: Essays on Government and the Canadian North (Toronto: Captus Press, 1989).

“Yukon and Northwest Territories: The Emerging North of Native and Non-Native Societies,” in Peter Jull, ed., The Challenge of Northern Regions, 147-182. (Canberra: Australian National University, 1991).

“Academic Versus Community-Based Scholarship in the Canadian North: Reflections on an Uneasy Relationship,” The Role of Circumpolar Universities in Northern Development: Proceedings of the First Annual Conference of the Association of Circumpolar Universities, Thunder Bay, Ontario, 24-26 November 1989, 175-181. (Thunder Bay: Lakehead University Centre for Northern Studies, 1991). With W.R. Morrison.

“Scientific Knowledge and Northern Megaprojects: the Role of Academics and Scientists in the Construction of the Alaska Highway and Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Projects,” The Role of Circumpolar Universities in Northern Development: Proceedings of the First Annual Conference of the Association of Circumpolar Universities, Thunder Bay, Ontario, 24-26 November 1989. (Thunder Bay: Lakehead University Centre for Northern Studies, 1991). With W. R. Morrison

“Towards a Methodology of Disasters: The Case of the Princess Sophia,” in Ray Browne et al., eds.  Digging into Popular Culture: Theories and Methodologies in Archaeology, Anthropology and Other Fields, 71-83. (Bowling Green, OH: Popular Press, 1991). With W.R. Morrison.

“So Far From Power: The Politics of the Yukon Territory,” in K. Brownsey and M. Howlett, eds. Politics in the Provinces: Social Change and Canada’s Provincial Governments. (Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman, 1992).  With W.R. Morrison.

“Indigenous Battles for Land and Cultural Rights in Australia and Canada,” Henry Reynolds, ed., Indigenous Rights in the Pacific and North America: Race and Nation in the Late Twentieth Century. (London: University of London, 1992).

“Les Inuit Canadiens et les Baleiniers,” Destins Croises, Cinq Siecles de Rencontres Avec Les Amerindiens, 379-392. (Paris: UNESCO, 1992). With W.R. Morrison.

“Controlling the Army of Occupation: Law Enforcement and the Northwest Defense Projects, 1942-1946,” Law For The Elephant, Law For The Beaver: Essays in the Legal History of the North American West. (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, 1992). With W.R. Morrison.

“In Whose Best Interest?: The Federal Government and the Native People of Yukon, 1946-1991,” Rebirth: Political, Economic, and Social Development in First Nations, 19-33. (Toronto: Dundurn Press, , 1993).  With W.R. Morrison.

“Preface,” in Tappan Adney, The Klondike Stampede, xv-xxii, reprinted edition (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1994).

“Lord Durham Revisited: The Cultural Struggle of Nations and Peoples within the Canadian State,” in H. Patrick Glenn and Monique Ouellette, eds., Culture, Justice and Law, 1-18. (Montreal: Les Editions Themis, 1994).

“Friendly Invasions: U.S. Armies of Occupation During World War II,” in Ray Richards and Laurie Barber, eds., Reflections on World War II (Hamilton: University of Waikato, Department of History, 1995).

“Indigenous Land Rights in Comparative Perspective,” in Ken Coates and John Taylor, eds., Indigenous Peoples in Remote Regions: Comparative Perspectives (Thunder Bay: Centre for Northern Studies, 1995).  With Brenda Clark.

“Native People and the Alaska Highway,” in Chad Gaffield and Pam Gaffield, eds., Consuming Canada: Readings in Environmental History, 316-39. (Toronto: Copp Clark Ltd., 1995). With W.R. Morrison.

“Writing the North: A Survey of Contemporary Canadian Writing on Northern Regions,” Essays in Canadian Writing, special issue edited by Sherrill Grace, No. 59 (Fall 1996): 5-25.  With W.R. Morrison.

“Boundaries and the Pacific Northwest: The Historical and Contemporary Significance of Borders in Western North America,” in Lars-Folke Lanbdgren and Maunu Häyrynen, eds., The Dividing Line: Borders and National Peripheries. (Helsinki: Renvall Institute, 1997).

“Divided past, common future: The history of the land rights struggle in British  Columbia.,” in R. Kunin, ed., Prospering Together: The Economic Impact of the Aboriginal Title Settlements in B.C., 1-35.  (Vancouver: Laurier Institution, 1998).

“Aboriginal Self-Government in British Columbia,” in R. Kunin, ed., Prospering Together: The Economic Impact of the Aboriginal Title Settlements in B.C. (Vancouver: Laurier Institution, 1998).

“A Matter of Context: The Pacific Northwest in World History,” in Paul Hirt, ed., Terra Pacifica: People and Place in Northwest North America and Western Canada, 109-133. (Pullman: Washington State University, 1998).

“The History of Aboriginal Land Rights and Claims in British Columbia,” in R. Kunin, ed., Prospering Together: The Economic Impact of the Aboriginal Title Settlements in B.C. (Vancouver: Laurier Institution, 1998).

“Alfred Crosby, and W.L. Morton,” in Kelly Boyd, ed., Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing, 2 Vols. 267. (London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999).

“Gentle Confiscation: The Settlement of Canada and the Dispossession of the First Nations,” in Paul Haveman, ed., Indigenous Peoples and the Law: Comparative Perspectives, 141-161 (Auckland: Oxford University Press, 1999)..

“Native North Americans,” in Frederick Boal and Stephen Royle, eds., North America: A Geographical Mosaic, 57-68. (London: Arnold, 1999). With W.R. Morrison.

“Back in The Race: Japan and The Internet,” Paul Bowles and Larry Woods, ed., Japan after the Economic Miracle: Social Indicators Research Series, Vol. 3, Ch. 4. (London: Kluwer Academic Punlishers, 2000).

“Winter and the Shaping of Northern History: Reflections from the Canadian North,” in Ingi Sigurðsson and Jón Skaptason, eds. Papers from the Circumpolar History Conference. (Reyklavik: University of Iceland, 2000). With W.R. Morrison.

“The North and the Nation: The Canadian North in the History of Canada,” in Kerry Abel and Ken Coates, eds., Northern Visions: New Perspectives on the North in Canadian History, 7-22. (New York: Broadview, 2001). With Kerry Abel.

“Winter and the Shaping Northern Canadian History,” in Northern Visions New Perspectives on the North in Canadian History, 23-36. (New York: Broadview, 2001). With W.R. Morrison.

“Indigenous Rights in Canada,” Michael Tucker, Raymond Blake, P.E. Bryden, eds., Canada and the New World Order: Facing the New Millennium. (Toronto: Irwin Publishing, 2000).

“Border Crossings: Pattern and Processes Along the Canada-United States Boundary West of the Rockies,” Introduction in Ken Coates and John Findlay, eds., Parallel Destinies: Canadian-American Relations West of the Rockies, 3-30. (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002).

“Women’s Health Policies and Issues in the Canadian Healthcare System,” in Midori Ashida, ed., Comparative Perspectives on Health Care in Japan. (Japanese) (2004). With Carin Holroyd.

“Communicating About Health and Health Care in the Information Age,” in Midori Ashida, ed., Comparative Perspectives on Health Care in Japan (Japanese) 2004.  With Carin Holroyd.

“Aboriginal Peoples and the Crown in Canada: Completing the Canadian Experiment,” in Hans Michelamann and Cristine De Clercy, eds., Continuity and Change in Canadian Politics; Essays in Honour of David E. Smith, 147-169. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006).  With Greg Poelzer.

“From Panacea to Reality: The Practicalities of Canadian Aboriginal Self-Government Agreements,” Yale D. Belanger, ed. Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada: Current Trends and Issues, 3rd. Ed, Ch. 5. (Saskatoon: Purich Publishing, 2008). With W.R. Morrison.

“Seeding the Lead: A new model for innovation, commercialization, and technology transfer within the Arts,” Compendium of Research Papers: The International Forum on the Creative Economy, 111-118. (Conference Board of Canada, August, 2008). With Jill Thomasson Goodwin and David Goodwin.

“Indigenous Traditions,” in Doris Jakobsch, ed., World Religions: Canadian Perspectives, Western Traditions, Ch. 5. (Toronto: Nelson, 2012).

“East Asia in the Digital Age: National Innovation Strategies of China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan,” in Zhiqun Zhu,ed. New Dynamics in East Asian Politics: Security, Political Economy, and Society, Ch. 7. (New York: Continuum, 2012) With Carin Holroyd.

“Tourism Shaped by War:  The Unusual Evolution of Tourism in the Far
Northwest of North America,” in Richard Butler and Wantanee Suntikul, eds., Tourism and War, 77-91. (London: Routledge, 2012). With W.R. Morrison.

“North American Indigenous Peoples’ Encounters,” in Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters, and Simone Peter and Daniel Högger, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law, 787– 812. (Oxford: OUP, 2013).

“Different Peoples, Shared Lands: Historical Perspectives on Native-Newcomer Relations Surrounding Resource Use in British Columbia,” Ken Coates and Keith Thor Carlson. Eds. D.B. Tindall, Ronald L. Trosper, Pamela Perreault. Aboriginal Peoples and Forest Lands in Canada, 15-30. (UBC Press, 2013).

“Forces for Change in the Arctic: Reflections on a Region in Transition,” Ken Coates and Kimie Hara, eds, East Asia and the Arctic, 9-20. (Waterloo: Centre for International Governance Innovation, 2014).

“Canada: The State of the Federation 2013. Aboriginal People and Multilevel Governance,” Martin Papillon and André Juneau, eds, Rebuilding Canada: Reflections on Indigenous Peoples and the Restructuring of Government, 27-40.  (School of Policy Studies, Queens University, 2015)

“The Territories,” in David Mutimer, Ed. Canadian Annual Review of politics and public affairs 2009, 176-194. (University of Toronto Press, 2015). With Greg Poelzer.

“Rebuilding Canada: Reflections on Indigenous Peoples and the Restructuring of Government,” in Martin Papillon and Andre Juneau, Eds. Canada: The State of the Federation 2013. Aboriginal Multilevel Governance, 27-40. (Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, 2015).

“Northwest Defense Projects”, in Chris J. Magoc & C. David Bernstein Eds. Imperialism and Expansionism in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection. 1012-1013. (ABC-CLIO Corporate, 2015). With Bill Morrison.

“Re-Imagining Indigenous Space: The Law, Constitution and the Evolution of Aboriginal Property and Resource Rights in Canada,” Ken Coates and Greg Poelzer.  Eds. Alan Tidwell, Barry Scott Zellen. Land, Indigenous Peoples and Conflict, 54-65. (Taylor & Francis Group, Routledge Complex Real Property Rights Series, 2016).

“Development, Province Building, and Globalization in Northern British Columbia,” in Paul Bowles and Gary N. Wilson Eds. Resource Communities in a Globalizing Region. Development, Agency, and Contestation in Northern British Columbia, 56-78. (UBC Press 2016). With John F. Young.

“Non-Arctic States and their Stake in Arctic Sustainability“, in Kathryn Keil and Sebastian Kneckt Eds. Governing Arctic Change, Global Perspectives.    (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017). With Carin Holroyd.

Edited Journal Issues

Senior Editor, Northern Review, Issue No. 1 to present.

Guest Editor, Thematic Issues on the Canadian North, History and Social Science Teacher, December 1987.

Guest Editor, Special Thematic Issue on Northern British Columbia, BC Studies (Winter 1994/1995).

Guest Co-Editor, The Canadian North, Facsimile (Newsletter of the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions), No. 20 (November 1998).

Ken Coates and Greg Poelzer, eds, The Political Economy of the Provincial North, Special Issue, The Northern Review (papers submitted; publication in Fall 2014).

General Audience Articles

 “The Yukon at War,” The Beaver (Oct/Nov 1989): 29-34. With W.R. Morrison.

“The North: Treasure Trove or Partner in Confederation?: Historian Ken Coates explains what the North is and what it wants, interview by Jeremy Mouat,” Aurora (Spring 1990): 19-24.

“The North’s Divided Dreams: The Colonial Past’s Stubborn Legacy,” Compass: A Jesuit Journal (Nov/Dec. 1994): 7-10. With Carin Holroyd.

“Robert Campbell (1808-1894), John Bell (1796-1868), and James Green Stewart (1825-1881),” in Richard Davis, Lobsticks and Stone Cairns. (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 1996).

Encarta Encyclopedia. (CD-ROM edition), articles on Iqaluit and Yellowknife.

“William Carpenter Bompas,” in Michael Clarke, ed., Canada: Portraits of Faith. (Chilliwack: Reel to Real Ministries, 1998).

Preface, to Eva McLean, The Far Country. (Prince George, Caitlin Press, 1994).

The Canadian Encyclopedia. (first and second editions), numerous articles on the Canadian North.

General Audience Books

PNE: An Illustrated History. (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1982). With David Breen.

Pride of the Land: A History of the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba and the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. (Winnipeg, Peguis Publishers, 1985).  With Fred McGuinness.

Manitoba: The Province and the People. (Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1987). With Fred McGuinness.

Only in Canada: Kinsmen and Kinettes. (Winnipeg: Peguis Publishers, 1987). With Fred McGuinness.

North to Alaska: Fifty Years in the World’s Most Remarkable Highway. (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1991).

A Traveler’s Guide to Northern British Columbia. (Prince George: Caitlin Press, 1995). With Carin Holroyd.

Campus Confidential:  100 Startling Things You Need to Know About Canadian Universities. (Toronto: Lorimer, 2011).  With Bill Morrison, Reprinted 2013.

What to Consider When You Are Considering University. (Dundurn, 2014), with W.R. Morrison.

 Professional Publications, 2013-2014

“Arctic Visions: Park the Paranoia,” Policy Options, May 2013. With Kimie Hara, pp. 4.

“Matching Jobs and People,” Policy Options, February 2013, With Rick Miner, pp. 4.

“The Next Northern Challenge,” Inside Policy, June 2014, With Greg Poelzer, pp. 7.

“The Jobs Debate We Need,” Policy Options (September/October 2014), pp. 1-4. With Carin Holroyd.

 Monographs and Reports

 The Northern Yukon: A History.  Manuscript Report No. 403 (Ottawa: Parks Canada, 1979).

Treaty Number Five (Ottawa: Treaties and Historical Research Centre, 1987). With W.R. Morrison.

Treaty Number Ten (Ottawa: Treaties and Historical Research Centre, 1987).  With W.R. Morrison.

Treaty Number Eleven (Ottawa: Treaties and Historical Research Centre, 1987). With W.R. Morrison.

Inventory of Archival Materials in Western Manitoba, 3 vols. (Brandon: Brandon University Press, 1989).  With John Everitt and W.R. Morrison.

Social and Economic Impacts of Aboriginal Land Claims Settlements: A Case Study Analysis: A Summary Report.  British Columbia. Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, 1995.

Aboriginal Peoples and Government in the Canadian North: The Yukon Government and Yukon First Nations–Examining an Evolving Relationship, (Ottawa: Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, 1997) Available on For Seven Generations: An Information Legacy of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (CD-ROM).

Hardly A Grand Design: Aboriginal Resettlement in the Yukon Territory After World War II. (Ottawa: Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, 1997). Available on For Seven Generations: An Information Legacy of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (CD-ROM).

International Perspectives in Maori Land Rights and Claims (Wellington: Public Law Office, 1997).

Evaluating Telehealth `Solutions:’ A Review and Synthesis of the Telehealth Evaluation (submitted to Office of Health and the Information Highway, 2000). With Gerald McCarthy and Richard Scott.

The Public Sector in the Canadian North, Conference Board of Canada, 2014, with Greg Poelzer.

Governance and Northern Canada, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, 2014, with Greg Poelzer.

The Role of the Public Sector in Northern Governance, Conference Board of Canada, 2014, with Greg Poelzer et al. pp. 88.  This project, which involved seven Canadian scholars, examined the challenges and achievements of the public sector in the North.  I coordinated the project and wrote the draft paper.  The Conference Board of Canada subjects its reports to an extensive review process.  In this instance, the report was reviewed (blind review) by three scholars and 23 members of the Centre for the North’s Advisory Board.

New Beginnings: How Canada’s Natural Resource Wealth Could Re-Shape Relations with Aboriginal People, May 2013, with Brian Crowley, pp. 24.  MLI requires at least 2 blind external reviews of each report.  The reports are also circulated to members of the Aboriginal Peoples and Resource Development Advisory Council (12 members at present) for comment and assessment.

The Way Out: New Thinking Aboriginal Engagement and Energy Infrastructure to the West Coast, with Brian Lee Crowley, May 2013. Pp. 16

An Unfinished Nation: Completing the Devolution Revolution in Canada’s North, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, April 2014, with Greg Poelzer, pp. 38.

 The End is Not Nigh: Reason Over Alarmism in Analysing the Tsilhqot’in decision, with Dwight Newman.  Macdonald-Laurier Institute, 2015.

State of Rural Canada 2015. Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation. Yukon, with Amanda Graham, September 2015. Pp.79.

Unearthing Human Resources: Aboriginal Skills Development and Employment in the Natural Resource Sector, with Greg Finnegan, Craig Hall, and Kelly Lendsay.  Macdonald-Laurier Institute, 2016.

Understanding FPIC: From Assertion and Assumption on ‘Free, Prior and Informed Consent’ to a New Model for Indigenous Engagement on Resource Development, with Blaine Favel, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, 2016.

How Resource Development Advances Canada’s National Interest, McDonald Laurier Institute, with Sean Speer, February, 2016

Understanding UNDRIP:  Choosing Action on Priorities Over Sweeping Claims About the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, with Blaine Flavel. Macdonald-Laurier, 2016.

Indigenous Support for Development is Being Heard, in Inside Policy, June 27, 2016. Macdonald Laurier Institute.

First Nations Engagement in the Energy Sector in Western Canada, report for the Indian Resource Council, June 2016.

Northern Indigenous Peoples &The Prospects for Nuclear Energy, with Dazawray Landrie-Parker and the ICNGD Research Team, submitted to Natural Resources Canada and the Fedoruk Centre, University of Saskatchewan, 2016.

Selected Invited Talks and Conference Presentations, 2014 to 2016

Invited Lecture, Innovation and the Future of the Arctic Economy, Arctic Frontiers Conference – Humans in the Arctic, Tromso, 23 January 20-14.

Invited Lecture, Aboriginal People and Post-Secondary Education, University of Ottawa Centre for the Study of Post-Secondary Education, 13 February 2014

Invited Presentation, Innovation in the Far North,” Assembly of Circumpolar Parliamentarians, 12 February 2014.

Keynote Lecture, Understanding the Myths and Images of the Canadian North, Tr’ondek Hwech’in Conference on Myth and Medium, Dawson City, 23 February 2014.

Keynote Lecture, The Future of Rural Canada, Manitoba Planners’ Conference, Brandon, Manitoba, 25-27 February 2014.  Participation included participation on two other panels.

Keynote Lecture, “Education as a Force for Change in Rural Canada,” Alberta’s Rural Education Symposium, Canmore, Alberta, 2 March 2014.

Invited Participant, March 25, 2014 –National Geographic, “Natural Gas: A Bridge to a Sustainable Energy Future?” Vancouver, B.C., 25 March 2014.

Invited Participant, SaskForum Opening Session Discussion. An Interactive Dialogue on Saskatchewan’s Innovation Agenda, Regina, 7 April 2014.

Keynote Address, The 13th Annual RE$EARCH Money Conference: “Is Canada Set to Win?: Values, Skills and Strategies for National Competitiveness”, National Art Centre, Ottawa, April 22, 2014.

Former Presentation, Innovation for the Circumpolar World, University of the Arctic Council, International Association of Arctic Social Science, Prince George, May 20, 2014.

SaskForum – Session UCSU 3:  Building a New North: The Case study of Northern SK (Chaired by Ken); Session RDEV3: Historical Perspectives on N.BC, May 22/23, 2014.

Keynote Address, ACCC Rural Symposium, Algonquin College, Rural Post-Secondary Education Televised Town Hall Meeting – A Pan-Canadian Dialogue on the Evolving Role of Rural Campuses in Canada, May 24, 2014.

Keynote Address: College Empowerment: Building 21st Century Success in Small Town and Rural Canada, ACCC Rural Symposium, Algonquin College, May 25, 2014.

Saskatchewan Forum – Plenary Session 1 – An interactive dialogue on Sask. innovation agenda; moderated Session on Insights into Northern Innovation, May 27/28, 2014

Keynote Address, Rise of the Fourth World: The Internationalization of Indigenous Rights.  Closing keynote, Balsillie School of International Affairs, June 12th, June 11-13, 2014

Keynote Addresss, Yukon Chamber of Commerce Talk, Whitehorse – “Exploding Boundaries in the North: Imagining the Northern Economy in 2050”, October 8, 2014

Keynote Address, Laurentian University, Sudbury – Goring Family Seminar – “The Mid North Comes of Age”, November 27-28, 2014

Panel Participant, Premier’s Conference on Natural Resource Development, “First Nations & Resource Development,” Prince George, B.C., January 22, 2015

New Approaches to Aboriginal Self-Government, Presentation to the Council of Kaska Chiefs, Watson Lake, Yukon, February 25-27, 2015

Invited Lecture, “Japan’s Next Economy: Is Japan Set to Prosper in the Age of Innovation,” University of Calgary.  March 12, 2015

Canadian Council of Chief Executives Conference on Higher Education, Invited Participant, Ottawa.  April 13, 2015

Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, Panel on Aboriginal Economic Development/Resource-Revenue Sharing. April 21, 2015

CDO National Conference, Ottawa, Ontario. “The Role of Digital Infrastructure in Improving Life in Rural and Remote Communities.” April 28-30, 2015

The Great Canadian Debate, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, with Lloyd Axworthy – “Are Too Many Canadian Kids Going to University”. Ottawa, Canadian War Museum April 29, 2015

Mining Association of Canada, “The Future of Resource Revenue Sharing in Canada.” May 13, 2015

“Will Japan Prosper in the ‘Next Economy,” Japan Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, Tokyo, Japan. May 16-24, 2015

SaskForum, Saskatoon, “Breathing Life into Rural Canada.” May 2015

Keynote Address, “Managing Prosperity in Aboriginal Communities, Aboriginal Financial Officers Association, Osoyoos, B.C. June 25, 2015

2015 North Pacific Arctic Conference (NPAC) on “The Arctic in the Wider World”, Session V. Healthy Communities in the Arctic – identifying success stories and improving living conditions. Scientific perspective: Ken Coates August 7, 2015

Invited Speaker, Western Canada and Western Australia: Common Policy and Governance Challenges. Natural Resources, Northern Development and Indigenous Engagement, UWA, EMI CBD boardroom Level 2, WA Trustees Building 133 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA. August 25, 2015

ERIP Panel: “Researching and Writing Ethnohistory:  Challenges and Successes”. October 16, 2015

Invited Lecture, CIC Talk – Canada’s Role in the Changing Arctic, Saskatoon. November 10, 2015

Luncheon Keynote,  “Northern Readiness: Is Northern Canada Prepared for the Challenges and Opportunities of the 21st Century.” Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (Government of the Northern Territory). November 16, 2015

Keynote Speaker, Fort McMurray Hot Topic Series: Aboriginal Partnerships Matter, Fort McMurray, Alberta. November 19, 2015

Keynote Speaker – Association of Manitoba Municipalities. Manitoba’s Municipalities: The Front Lines of Canada’s Future. November 24, 2015

Participant, workshop on best practices for consultation and engagement with Canada’s Aboriginal communities. The School of Public Policy, Calgary, Alberta. December 14, 2015

Panel Participant, Premier’s BC Natural Resource Forum, Prince George. Panel discussion:  Working Together with the Land – first Nations & Resource Management. January 21, 2016

Invited Speaker, NLMC Meeting, Prince Albert.  Unearthing Native Human Resources for the Resource Economy. February 10, 2016

Keynote Speaker, Innovation and the Future of Rural Canada, Alberta Rural Education Symposium, Banff, AB. March 6, 2016

Invited Speaker, “Innovation in Yukon Government,” Yukon Workshop, co-hosted with Richard Hawkins, Whitehorse, Yukon. March 16, 2016

Panel Participant, Ontario National Resource Forum, Toronto, Ontario. Working Together with the Land – Indigenous People and Resource Management. April 6, 2016

Keynote Speaker, WW1 and the North Conference, Whitehorse, Yukon. The Yukon and the Social Revolution of World War I – Dr. Ken Coates. May 10, 2016

Invited Speaker, Innovation and the Future of Rural and Remote Communities in Canada University of Waterloo’s Program on Regional Development, Edmonton, Alberta, 12 May 2016.

Keynote Speaker, Innovative Futures:  Building Opportunities in the Age of Technological Transformation. Edmonton Real Estate Forum, Edmonton, AB. May 12, 2016

Keynote Speaker, Before Justice: The Social and Economic Realities that Shape Northern Engagement with Police, Courts and Prisons. Northern Justice Symposium, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. May 17, 2016

Invited Speaker, “Arctic Innovation and the Future of the North Speaker,” at High North Dialogue Conference in Bodø, Norway.. May 25-26, 2016

UMAAS Convention, Saskatoon, Keynote Address, Managers of Change in an Era of Scientific Transformation,  June 8, 2016

Canadian Gas Association Conference Keynote Address. Still an Energy Superpower: Canada and the Global Energy Future. June 14, 2016

CINSA Keynote: Facebook and First Nations’ Futures:  How Technology Could Change Indigenous Lives in the City, First Nations University, Regina, Saskatchewan. June 23, 2016.

ANU – Innovation, Technology and Developing the North: Insights from the Arctic for Australia’s Remote Regions and Indigenous Communities. July 7, 201

Innovation, Technology and Developing the North: Insights from the Arctic for Australia’s Remote Regions and Indigenous Communities. July 19, Broome, Australia.

Parliamentary Library, Canberra, Australia… Topic: Reconciliation in Canada: Indigenous Peoples, Constitutional Power, Legal Rights and Economic Engagement. July 26, 2016.

Seminar Presentation in Canberra – to Officers from the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet. July 29, 2016

Opportunities North Conference, Yellowknife. September 9th talk: Northern Futures: Indigenous Rights, Technology, Commodities and the Coming Transformation of the Canadian North. September 8, 2016

Centre for the North conference, Kuujjuaq, QC. Keynote on Sept. 15th: Governing Forward:  Preparing Northern Canada for the Challenges of the 21st Century. September 15, 2016

Canadian Forces College, Toronto – The Place of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples in the Strategic Decision-making Process. September 16, 2016

Invited Speaker, “Indigenous participation in the oil and gas sector in Canada,” Breaking the Gridlock Conference, Calgary. October 2, 2016

Panel Moderator, “Corporate engagement with Indigenous communities, Breaking the Gridlock Conference, Calgary. October 2, 2016

“Does Rural Japan Have a Future,” Japan Studies Association Conference, Vancouver. October 16, 2016

Media Presentations

I had between 150 and 200 radio, television and newspaper interviews in 2014-2015.  I appeared on such diverse programs as the Gormly show (and dozens of other talk-shows across the country), The Current, Cross-Country Check-Up, regional CBC programs, The Agenda (TVO), the CBC National News, the CTV News, and various other Global, CBC and CTV television and radio programs.

I published op-ed pieces at a steady pace over in 2014-2015. My work appears regularly in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and in syndication in regional newspapers across the country.

In 2014-2015, I published more than a dozen blogs/online articles, typically by invitation, on a number of academic and professional sites.  My blogs have focused on post-secondary education, Aboriginal rights, northern/Arctic development and regional innovation.  Invited blogs have been distributed through such organizations as National Geographic, Centre for International Governance Innovation, and The Evolution (online journal on continuing education).

I have maintained a regular and substantial media presence through 2015-2016.  I am contacted by the media on a regular basis related to Indigenous rights, resource development, post-secondary education, Japanese issues, northern development, Arctic policy and other issues.  I do not keep a full accounting of these interventions.  During times of intense policy interest, I can be interviewed 4 or 5 times a day.  Collectively, I would estimate that the media contributions number well over 200 per year, ranging from phone in talk shows to election night coverage, response to government policy statements and media follow-up related to major publications.  The release of several books, specifically From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nations and Dream Factories resulted in numerous interviews, as did the announcement of short-lists for the Donner Prize, the Dafoe Prize and the Saskatchewan Book Awards.   I have approached by a variety of media, including:

  • Talk radio — numerous national and regional talk shows, including Roy Green, the Gormley show and others
  • National newspapers — Globe and Mail and National Post.  The engagement here includes a number of op-eds in both national newspapers.  Several of these were solicited by the editors in response to breaking news.
  • Regional newspapers — including the Star-Phoenix and other newspapers across Western Canada and, less often, in Central and Eastern Canada
  • Radio stations — including the CBC (numerous stations) and numerous private broadcasters
  • Television stations — CBC, Global, CTV and APTN, mostly for news proposals.  I have appeared several times on The Agenda (TVO)
  • Other media — I have been asked to contribute, by way of interviews and written submissions, to a variety of websites and online media outlets, including Huffington Post, Hill Times, The Embassy News (the latter two have been merged), iPolitics, and a number of student newspapers and online ratio stations.  I have submitted blogposts and other contributions to several different outlets.  Importantly, many of my contributions now “live” in several formats, as online and print items.
  • Finally, I have been interviewed — for radio programs and newspapers — by at least 20 international media outlets, including from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Norway.

Invited guest, “Art and Indigenous History,” Cross-Country Check-Up, 22 October 2016

 Conference Organizing, 2012-2016

Scientific and Technological Innovation in the Arctic, Tromso, Norway, November 2012, with Lene Foss.

Asia and the Arctic, Whitehorse, March 2012, with Kimie Hara.

Arctic Policy Alternatives, Waterloo, March 2012, with Kimie Hara.

Japan Studies Association of Canada, co-organizer with Dr. Carin Holroyd, Saskatoon, October 2014.

Digital Media and Public Policy, JSGS Lecture Series, Fall-Winter 2014.

Japan and the Next Economy Workshop, co-organizer with Dr. Carin Holroyd, March 2014.

SaskForum on Innovation, Conference Board of Canada, participant in conference planning, Regina, May 2014.

The Next Economy in the Circumpolar World, lead organizer, Saskatoon, May 2014.

Workshop on Circumpolar Innovation, co-organizer with Heather Hall, Tromso, Norway, January 2015

Workshop on Circumpolar Innovation, co-organizer with Heather Hall, Whitehorse, Yukon, November 2015.

WW1 and the North, co-organizer, with the Yukon Historical and Museums Association, Whitehorse, Yukon, May 2016

The New Meiji: Japan’s Readiness for the New Economy, co-organizer with Kimie Hara and Carin Holroyd, Tokyo, December 2016.

Arctic Forum Planning committee, 2016

Graduate Supervision

PhD Students

Lokpriy, “Decentralization and Policy Making in India,” JSGS (supervisor)

Emdad Mohammed, “International Trade Promotion and the Developing World,” JSGS (supervisor)

Britt Baumann, “Collaborative Policy Making and Implementation,” JSGS (supervisor)

Danette Starblanket, “The Government Response to Idle No More,) JSGS (supervisor)

Rhiannon Klein, “Treaty Implementation in the Yukon,” JSGS (supervisor)

Rebecca Mayor,” Metis Land Rights and Claims,” JSG (supervisor)

Lindsay Martins, “Environmental Policy,” JSGS (committee member). Completed 2015.

Shannon Avison, “Aboriginal Media,” Interdisciplinary PhD (Regina), (committee member)

Shelagh Rawles, “Northern Social Policy,” Interdisciplinary PhD (Saskatchewan), (supervisor)

Glenn Iceton, “Northern Environmental History,” History, USask (committee member)

Carlinger Beninger, “Churches and Aboriginal People,” History, USask (committee member)

Mayanin Sosa-Alcaraz, “Educational Innovation and Environmentalism,” SENS, USask (committee member). Completed 2015.

Annie Udofia, “Community Consultation and Resource Development,” SENS, USask (committee member). Completed 2016.

Maureen Atkinson, “Northern Voices: CBC Radio and Northern British Columbia,” University of Waterloo (supervisor). Thesis submitted.

Allen Downey, “First Nations and the History of Lacrosse in Canada,” Wilfrid Laurier University, completed Winter 2014 (committee member). Completed 2014.

Jonathan Crossen, “Indigenous Internationalism,” University of Waterloo, completed Winter 2014 (committee member. Completed 2014

Scott Harrison, “Indigenous Peoples and the Cold War,” University of Waterloo, completed Winter 2014 (committee member).  Completed 2014.

Hardi Shahadu, “Forest Fire Management,” School of Environment and Sustainability, U of S (committee member)

Masters Students – JSGS

Rhiannon Klein (supervisor), transferred to the PhD program

Dannette Starblanket (supervisor), transferred to transfer to the PhD program

Kyle White (supervisor), completed 2016.

Raymond Thompson (supervisor)

Andrew Swift (supervisor), accepted into Carleton University’s PhD program, effective September 2016.

Colleen Cameron (supervisor), registration suspended

Laura Sarr (committee member)

Phillip Lashley (committee member) – completed 2013

Masters Students – History

Ciprian Bolah (committee member) – completed, 2014

Masters Students – International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (Graduation requirements include a major research paper).

Cathy Wheaton

Melissa Beatty

Shirley Morin

Sylvia Harriw

Joceylne Wascacase-Merasty

Arlene Hansen

In addition to these supervisions, I was also responsible (with significant help from Ryan Gibson and Paola Chiste of ICNGD) for the 2014 internship reports and major research papers for 12 MNGD students.

Post-Doctoral Fellows (and post-fellowship employment)

Heather Exner-Pirot, Arctic Policy. 2012-2013.  Accepted a permanent job with the College of Nursing, U of Saskatchewan;

Ryan Gibson,” Community Development and Philanthropy,” 2013-2014.  Accepted a permanent tenure-track job with the Department of Geography, St. Mary’s University and subsequently offered a named chair at the University of Guelph.

Gerlis Fugmann, “Circumpolar Innovation,” 2012-2013. Accepted a permanent job with the Early Arctic Researcher Program, Tromso University.

Sachiyo Kanzaki, “Community Development and the Japanese Nuclear Industry.” 2013-2014.  Returned to her teaching position at the University of Montreal

Heather Hall, “Innovation in the Northern Mining Sector,”2014 -2016.  Accepted a tenure track position, University of Waterloo.

Professional Activities

Consultant – Aboriginal Rights and Land Claims, Regional and Constitutional Development, Post-Secondary Education for such clients as Government of British Columbia, Government of Canada, Government of New Zealand, Government of the Yukon, Indigenous Organizations in Australia – Northern Territory and Queensland, British Columbia, Yukon Territory and United Nations (Human Rights )

Media Commentator – Radio, Television News, Newspapers

Documentary Film Production – Editor, Writer, Producer, Interviewee

President, Japan Studies Association of Canada, 2007-2013

Founding Senior Editor, Northern Review

Co-Director (Research), International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, University of Saskatchewan

Technical Advisor, A@SN Digital Media Project (Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, Ontario)

Legal Consultant, Government of Canada, Aboriginal Rights in British Columbia

Visiting Professor, Institutes for Asian Research, University of British Columbia, January 2012.

Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University, Japan, February-March 2012.

Advisory Board Member, Center for Innovation and Competition-based Development Studies, Boğaziçi University

Member, Board of Directors, Heifer Canada (charity devoted to food security), 2012-2016.

Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute 2012-2016

Munk Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, 2016–

Project Co-Leader, The Fourth World Project, Centre for International Governance Innovation (Waterloo), with Terry Mitchell

Consultant on Aboriginal Affairs, Government of New Brunswick

Team Member, Partnership Team on Government-Aboriginal Relations, Premier’s Appointment, Government of New Brunswick, May 2014 —

President, Japan Studies Association of Canada (term completed in fall 2013)

Editorial Board Member, University of Regina Press, 2015 – present

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Northern Studies (Sweden)

Legal Consultant, Government of Canada, Aboriginal Rights in British Columbia

Legal Consultant, Aboriginal Communities, British Columbia

Secretary, Vietnam Education Society (a Canadian charity that builds schools in rural Vietnam)

Board Member, First Nations University of Canada, 2016 –

Editorial Board Member – Nulungu Publications, Nulungu Research Institute, The University of Notre Dame, Broome, Western Australia, 2016 –

SHHRC Mid-Term Committee – Member, 2014-2016

External Funding

Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, SSHRC, $1.4 million, April 2012-2017.

Canada Foundation for Innovation, Prairie Innovation Research Suite, $330,000.  2012-2015.

Aboriginal Entrepreneurship in Northern Saskatchewan and Northern Norway, $330,000, SSHRC, co-investigator with Dr. Lee Swanson and Dr. Greg Poelzer, 2013-2017

Scientific and Technological Commercialization in the Canadian North, Government of Norway, $190,000. With Greg Poelzer and Tromso University, completed in 2014.

The Public Sector in the Canadian North, Conference Board of Canada, $80,000, with Greg Poelzer, completed in 2014.

Governance in the Canadian North, Macdonald Laurier Institute, $5,000, completed in 2014.

Asia and the Arctic Workshop, Japan Foundation (Toronto), Winter 2013, $22,000, with Kimie Hara.

Arctic Policy Alternatives Workshop, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Winter 2013, $18,000, with Kimie Hara, completed in 2014.

The Fourth World Project, Centre for International Governance Innovation, 2012-2014, $35,000.

The Historiography of Resource Development and Northern Communities, ReSDA, $10,000, completed in 2014.

History of the Canadian Light Source, Canadian Light Source, $6100, to be completed in 2015.

Promoting Youth Excellence and Entrepreneurship, Shad International, $40,000, 2013-2015.

Japan’s Next Economy, Japan Foundation, $16,000, with the Japan Futures Initiative, completed in 2014.

Aboriginal People and Natural Resources, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, 2013-2016.  $600,000 raised to date; funds held by MLI.

Japan Studies Association of Canada, Annual Conference, Japan Foundation, $44,000, 2014.

The Next Economy in Rural Japan, Japan Foundation Fellowship, 2014, $7,000.

Co-Investigator, Rural Policy Learning Commons: Building Rural Policy through International Comparative Analysis, SSHRC, $5.2 million.  My portion is c. $60,000.

SSHRC Connections Grant, 2013, The Political Economy of the Provincial North, $25,000.

Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Research funding for the multi-year project on Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resource Development, $240,000 (2014-2017, with extension planned at $60,000/year).

Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation for Service to Japan, 2014

Japan Foundation Fellowship, Innovation in Rural and Remote Regions in Japan, Summer 2014, $20,000.

Elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, September 2015

SSHRC Knowledge Mobilization on Aboriginal Training and Employment in the Northern Resource Sector, with Hayley Hessen and Heather Hall, 2015, $25,000.

Japan Foundation, 2014, Economic Development in Rural and Northern Japan, $20,000

Cameco Corporation donation to the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, 2015-2019, $1 million over 5 years.

SSHRC Partnership Grant, 2015-2018, $2.5 million, Collaborator with David Wolfe, University of Toronto, personal allocation is $75,000

Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Australian National University, August-September 2016, $10,000.

SSHRC Connections Grant, The North in World War I conference, $25,000.

Japan Foundation, workshop grant: Japan’s New Media, Tokyo, Japan, December 2016, $25,000.

Natural Resources Canada, research grant on Indigenous Peoples and Alternate Energy Systems, with the Fedoruk Centre, University of Saskatchewan, $25,000.

Indian Resource Council, research grant on First Nations engagement with the oil and gas sector, $20,000.

Sahtu Dene First Nations, research grant of the Sahtu land claims settlement, $28,000.

Mitacs Accelerate grant – Lead Principal Investigator, Sustainable Capacity Building in the North by the North, $120,000.

Curriculum Development

Creation of a Totally Open Online Course (TOOC), Circumpolar Innovation, for first delivery starting February 2015. Funded by the University of Saskatchewan ($44,000).


Aboriginal Public Policy in Canada, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan, May 2012, Fall 2013, Fall-Winter 2013-2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016.

Social Economy, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan, Winter 2013, Winter 2015

Circumpolar Innovation, Masters of Northern Governance and Development Program, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Winter 2016.

Personal Information

Married, with five children

Personal interests: international travel, reading, outdoor recreation