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Dr. Ken Coates | Tuesday November 18, 2014 from 6:00 - 9: 00 pm - The Woods Alehouse


The empowerment of Aboriginal people through court decisions has changed the dynamics of resource development and holds the potential for positive and constructive partnerships with Indigenous Canadians. 


For Western Canadians, where the resource economy is the primary engine of economic growth and prosperity, concern is often expressed that Aboriginal engagement will interfere with development. In contrast, there is substantial evidence that Indigenous peoples are excellent partners in development, providing the first opportunity in more than a century for a real sharing of prosperity with Aboriginal communities in Canada.

Dr. Ken Coates


Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Raised in the Yukon, with a BA (History) from UBC, MA (History) from Manitoba and PhD (History) from UBC, Ken has worked at universities across the country and in New Zealand. He was the Founding Vice-President (Academic) of the University of Northern British Columbia and held administrative posts at the University of Waikato (New Zealand), University of New Brunswick at Saint John, University of Saskatchewan and University of Waterloo. His co-authored work, Arctic Front, won the Donner Prize in 2009. He was recognized by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering for his work on the history of the Alaska Highway and has received awards from the Manitoba Historical Society, the BC Historical Society and the Yukon Historical and Museums Association. Ken has also served as the past president of the Japan Studies Association of Canada.  His research focuses on Aboriginal rights, science and technology policy and northern development. 

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation,

Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan; Director, International Centre for Northern Governance and Development

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