Perspectives from Canada’s Arctic
Presentation by Mr. Tony Penikett
The Embassy of Canada and the Canadian International Centre for the Arctic Region invite you to attend a special presentation by former Yukon Premier Mr. Tony Penikett on Canada’s unique Northern governance and what it means for international partners.
You will also hear from:
Ambassador David Sproule, and Mr. Leiv Lunde, Director of the Fritdjof Nansen Institute
Please join us for a reception and light refreshments following the presentation. Please let us know if you can attend by responding to: email@example.com
Canada has negotiated twenty treaties with indigenous peoples across the Arctic and sub-Arctic, representing forty percent of Canada’s land mass. These treaties provide land settlements on a scale unimaginable, making the Dene and Inuit of Northern Canada the largest private landowners in the world. Equally important, these agreements created a new constitutional settlement, with innovative new governance arrangements.
Along with Self-Government for Greenland, the Finnmark Act in Norway and the inclusion of indigenous voices as Permanent Participants in the Arctic Council, Canada’s northern treaties have substantially transformed the traditional federal/regional/local orders of government, and this makes Canada a unique partner in its international Arctic relationships.
Tony Penikett, Senior Advisor, Munk-Gordon Arctic Security Program
Tony Penikett served five terms as MLA for Whitehorse West (1978-1995) and two as Premier of Yukon (1985-1992) before becoming Senior Policy Advisor in Saskatchewan’s Cabinet Planning
Unit then Deputy Minister of Negotiations and (later) Labour for the British Columbia Government. On leaving public service, Tony Penikett became the Gordon Foundation Senior Fellow on aboriginal treaty issues at Simon Fraser University also Adjunct Professor in the SFU’s Master of Public Policy Program. Currently a Vancouver based mediator, Penikett is the author of Reconciliation: First Nations Treaty Making in British Columbia (Douglas & McIntyre, 2006), The Mad Trapper (BBC-TV/Time-Life Films) and La Patrouille Perdue (ORTF-Paris). In 2013, he was awarded a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Arctic Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington State, U.S.