George Nicholas

Department Chair and Professor

Since 2008, George has directed the Intellectual Properties Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) research project, a $2.5 million, eight- year SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative that explores and facilitate fair and equitable exchanges of knowledge relating to archaeology and heritage. This investigation of the intangible and tangible aspects of cultural heritage, and their implications for local and global interpretations of culture, rights, and knowledge, is being undertaken by an international, interdisciplinary collaboration involving more than 50 scholars, and 80 Associate members.

Through IPinCH, he is currently working with community partners from around the world, including, in North America—the Sto:lo, Secwepemc, and Yukon First Nations, the Hopi, Saginaw-Chippewa, Penobscot, and Penobscot Tribes, and Inuvialuit; and elsewhere— Indigenous groups in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, southern Africa, and Kyrgyzstan.

In 2013, he was the recipient of the inaugural Impact Award for Partnerships by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.