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Peter Kikkert

Peter Kikkert


Dr. Peter Kikkert is a Professor of Public History in Sheridan’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Peter’s academic research and publications have focused on the polar regions, particularly on sovereignty, security and stewardship issues, the international legal history of the Arctic and Antarctic, the historic role of the Canadian Armed Forces in the North, and the development of northern communities. Through his public history projects, Peter has had the opportunity to work with a wide array of communities, institutions, schools and historical societies in Canada’s North and South. Most recently, he has been involved in commemorative work for the centenary of the First World War through projects focused on Dawson City, Yukon and Norwich Township in Ontario.

Peter has taught courses on Canadian and European history, military history and the Circumpolar World. His primary goal as an educator is to inspire in his students a true enthusiasm and respect for the past.

Recent Publications include:

“Finding Ihuma: Inuit Leadership Norms and the Canadian Rangers.” In Canadian Armed Forces Arctic Operations, 1941-2015: Historical and Contemporary Lessons Learned. Eds., Adam Lajeunesse and P. Whitney Lackenbauer (The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Peace, 2017).

“‘The Index to a Man’s Principles: Dawson and the Canadian Yukon Patriotic Fund, 1914-1920.” The Northern Review 44 (Spring 2017): 51-79. (With P. Whitney Lackenbauer)

“‘Men of Frontier Experience’: Yukoners, Frontier Masculinity and the First World War,” The Northern Review 44 (Spring 2017): 209-242. (With P. Whitney Lackenbauer)

Lessons in Arctic Operations: The Canadian Army Experience, 1945-1956. Documents on Canadian Arctic Sovereignty and Security (DCASS) No. 7. Calgary and Waterloo: Centre for Military and Strategic Studies/Centre on Foreign Policy and Federalism, 2016. xxviii, 251 pp. (With P. Whitney Lackenbauer)

“A History of Ikaluktuuttiaq” in A Guidebook for Research with Nunavut Communities. Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay) Edition. Cambridge Bay, NU: Polar Knowledge Canada/Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq (Kitikmeot Heritage Society), 2016.  14-31. (With P. Whitney Lackenbauer.)

“The Dog in the Manger – and Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie: The United States, Canada and the Sector Principle, 1924-1955.’” The Arctic Ocean: Essays in Honour of Donat Pharand. Edited by Suzanne Lalonde and Ted McDorman. Leiden: Brill, 2014. 216-239. (With P. Whitney Lackenbauer.)

Legal Appraisals of Canada’s Arctic Sovereignty: Key Documents, 1904-58. Documents

on Canadian Arctic Sovereignty and Security (DCASS) No. 2. Calgary and Waterloo: Centre for Military and Strategic Studies/Centre on Foreign Policy and Federalism, 2014. xliv, 337 pp. (With P. Whitney Lackenbauer.)

“Promoting National Interests and Fostering Cooperation: Canada and the Development of a Polar Code.” Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 43, no. 3 (July 2012): 319-334.

“Kurt Meyer and Canadian Memory: Villain and Monster, Hero and Victim or worse – a

German?” Canadian Military History 21, no. 2 (Spring 2012): 33-44.   

“Rising Above the Rhetoric: Northern Voices and the Strengthening of Canada’s Capacity to Maintain a Stable Circumpolar World.” The Northern Review 33 (Spring 2011): 29-45.

The Canadian Forces and Arctic Sovereignty: Debating Roles, Interests, and

Requirements, 1968-1974. Waterloo: Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies / WLU Press, 2010. x, 378 pp.  (With P. Whitney Lackenbauer)