Ken Coates (historian)

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This article is about the Canadian historian. For the British politician, see Ken Coates.
Ken Coates
Born 1956
Alberta
Citizenship Canadian
Fields History
Institutions University of Saskatchewan (Canada Research Chair and faculty member in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) as of April 2012)
Alma mater University of British Columbia

Ken Coates (born in Alberta in 1956 and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon) is a Canadian historian focused on the history of the Canadian North and Aboriginal rights and indigenous claims. Other areas of specialization include Arctic sovereignty;[1] science, technology and society, with an emphasis on Japan; world and comparative history; and post-secondary education. As of April 2012, Dr. Coates will be a Canada Research Chair and faculty member in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) University of Saskatchewan.[2][3]

While Dr. Coates was Dean of Arts at the University of Waterloo, he played an integral role in the development of the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus[4][5][6] and was a member of the Waterloo Stratford Campus Advisory Board.[7]

Early life and education[edit]

Dr. Coates received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, and his M.A. from the University of Manitoba. He was a Sessional Lecturer in the Department of History at Langara College from 1980–1982 and at the University of British Columbia from 1982-1983. He then joined Brandon University as an Associate Professor from 1983-1986 before joining the History Department at the University of Victoria from 1986-1992. In 1991 Dr. Coates was appointed the first Vice-President Academic at the University of Northern British Columbia where he stayed until 1995. Dr. Coates taught at the University of Waikato in New Zealand from 1995–1997. He has held the position of Dean of Arts at the University of New Brunswick from 1997–2000, the University of Saskatchewan from 2001–2004, and the University of Waterloo from 2006-2012.

Challenging university myths[edit]

In the 2011 publication entitled Campus Confidential, Coates along with his co-author Morrison[8] argue that there is no evidence for the claim that "a highly educated workforce is crucial to national success," and therefore question why "[c]ountries are racing to educate their youth." They challenge the necessity of "continued exponential growth in undergraduate education."[9]

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)[edit]

Dr. Coates, in a 2013 series co-authored with Terry Mitchell, entitled The Rise of the Fourth World, argued that that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007 and ratified by Canada in 2010, resonates powerfully with Indigenous peoples, while national governments have not yet fully understood its impact.[10] UNDRIP which codifies "Indigenous historical grievances, contemporary challenges and socio-economic, political and cultural aspirations" is a "culmination of generations-long efforts by Indigenous organizations to get international attention, to secure recognition for their aspirations, and to generate support for their political agendas."[10]

Call for support in standing with the Jewish people in Canada[edit]

In a 2009 op-ed published in the National Post, Dr. Coates expressed concern for the rising tide of anti-Semitism and called for other Canadians to respect Jews as Canadians and to recognize their contributions to Canada. He argued that, "[s]tanding with the Jewish people of Canada does not assume unquestioning support for Israel or the actions of the current government." He warns that as Canadians, "[we] must make it clear, before hostile words turn into aggressive actions, that the Jews will never again stand alone."[11]

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