We coordinate a multidisciplinary undergraduate program; organize seminars and symposia on cross-border issues of interest to both nations; promote research on Canadian topics in the social sciences and humanities; and conduct extensive outreach to K-12 and post-secondary educators as well as to the business and local community, media and cultural organizations.
Western led the largest-ever Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, which assembled leading professionals in marine science, fisheries and related fields, as well as policymakers, Tribal and First Nations leaders and industry stakeholders from around British Columbia and Washington state. The conference was held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle
The conference was highly successful with a final tally of 1,247 registrants, including 176 students, more than 90 representatives from Tribes and First Nations and more than 450 scientific presenters. More than 30 presentations and posters were offered by WWU faculty and students.
The conference, previously known as the Georgia Basin / Puget Sound Research Conference., became the Salish Sea Ecosystem conference in 2011 to reflect the growing awareness that the Salish Sea is one trans-boundary ecosystem. The Center for Canadian-American Studies was this year’s conference organizer and lead sponsor. Its partners were the Fraser Basin Council in Vancouver, B.C., and the Puget Sound Partnership in Seattle.