Non-central governments in Canada have become increasingly active on the world stage, most notably in the Asia Pacific region. The scholarly works on Canadaâ€™s foreign policy in Asia tend to focus either on the federal government as the main actor, or on the â€œother diplomaciesâ€ of non-governmental actors; little attention has been paid to the increasing role of non-central governments in Asia. This article, therefore, contributes to the discussion by documenting and evaluating Canadian provincesâ€™ international activities in the Asia Pacific. It also situates these activities within Canadaâ€™s foreign policy in the region, and assesses how important provinces have become in Canadaâ€“Asia relations. This paper first reviews the literature on non-central governments and foreign policy to expose the key forces pushing and pulling Canadian provinces to be increasingly active internationally. It then details the provincesâ€™ international activities in Asia, and locates them within Canadaâ€™s foreign policy in the region. Click here for the full length article: â€œCanadian Provinces and Foreign Policy in Asia.â€Â International Journal Vol.73, No.3 (2018): 429-448. Co-author with Charles Labrecque.
Pacific Partnerships: Connecting Indigenous People in Canada to Opportunities in Asia
In the lead up to the Nation 2 Nation Forum, held in Vancouver on March 30, 2017, BC Assembly of First Nations Acting Regional Chief Maureen Chapman stated: â€œAs the economic importance of the Asia Pacific grows, B.C. First Nations face significant opportunities for economic development partnerships.â€ Continue reading “Connecting Indigenous People in Canada to Opportunities in Asia”