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Fulbright award goes to well-known SFU academic

September 11, 2013

Tony Penikett, 604.647.1727,
Joanna Ashworth, 604.317.9202,
Carol Thorbes, PAMR, 778.782.3035,


Fulbright Canada has named Tony Penikett, a 25-year veteran of Canadian politics, now a Vancouver-based mediator and negotiator who teaches at Simon Fraser University — a Fulbright Scholar.

The award goes to researchers and experienced professionals pursuing work that aims to strengthen Canada-United States relations by examining a wide range of subjects that are critical to the two countries’ relationship. The award can be held at any university, research centre, think-tank or government agency.

The former Yukon Territory premier, currently a senior fellow in Aboriginal treaty issues and a Gordon Foundation senior fellow on treaty negotiations (2001-2005) at SFU’s Centre for Dialogue, has become a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Arctic Studies. He holds this award at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington State, U.S.

Penikett is spending his 2013-14 academic year there presenting lectures and producing papers for publication based on research that compares American and Canadian approaches to a series of Arctic security issues.

An adjunct professor in SFU’s Public Policy Program since 2006, Penikett is internationally respected for his skill as a negotiator and facilitator in sensitive areas, such as labour, Aboriginal land claims and Arctic security.

Penikett is author of Reconciliation: First Nation Treaty Making in British Columbia (Douglas and McIntyre), which reflects on the troubled 500-year history of conflict and peacemaking between America’s Aboriginal peoples and European colonists. It also examines B.C.’s treaty negotiating process.

Following his seven-year stint as premier, Penikett served as a senior advisor in Saskatchewan’s government. He then became a deputy minister of negotiations and later, labour, in British Columbia’s government.

Under Penikett’s stewardship, the Yukon government negotiated a final agreement for Aboriginal land claims in the territory and passed pioneering education, health and language legislation.

As an instructor in SFU’s Centre for Dialogue programming, Penikett is lauded for mentoring students in proposing and writing legislation. “Tony’s participation contributes to serious and important learning exchanges on Aboriginal and northern issues,” says Joanna Ashworth, former director of dialogue programs at SFU’s Centre for Dialogue.

“He is incessantly interested in the world around him, and has considerable skills as both a researcher and communicator.”

The Fulbright Canada program operates in more than 150 countries globally and has long been regarded as the world’s foremost academic exchange.

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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