Policy Speaker Series
December 9, 2010
Tony Penikett's 25 years in politics, included: two years in Ottawa as Chief of Staff to federal New Democratic Party Leader Ed Broadbent MP; five terms in the Yukon Legislative Assembly; and two terms as Premier of Canada's Yukon Territory. His government negotiated final agreement for First Nation land claims in the territory and passed pioneering education, health, language legislation, as well as leading a much-admired bottom-up economic planning process. Penikett entered politics after the miners at the northern Yukon Arctic asbestos mine, where he was shop steward, nominated him for the Territorial Legislature.
Penikett has also served as Deputy Minister of Negotiations and, later, labour for the Government of British Columbia. In 2006, Douglas & McIntyre published his book, Reconciliation: First Nations Treaty Making. He is also the author of two firms: The Mad Trapper for BBC TV/Time Life and La Patrouille Perdue for French television.
Currently a Vancouver-based mediator, Penikett teaches in Simon Fraser University's Master of Public Policy program. His recent work has taken him to the Eastern Arctic, Northern Europe, the Middle East and South America. All three of Tony's Children are television actors: Tahmoh ( Battlestar Gallactica, Dollhouse), and Sarah and Stephanie ( The L Word and Psych).