Our friend and colleague Dr. Terry Fenge passed away last weekend following a massive heart attack.
This is shocking and terribly distressful news for all of us, and it will take a long time for us to come to grips with this loss. Our immediate thoughts and prayers are with Terry's family and we offer them our condolences.
Terry will be remembered as an extremely creative and thoughtful political scientist, dedicated, strong-willed, opinionated and committed person. He was a fierce defender of Indigenous rights and worked for the Inuit Circumpolar Council and the Arctic Athabaskan Council. He worked closely with Inuit leader Sheila Watt-Cloutier and others through the negotiations that led to the Stockholm POPs Convention, on the Arctic Climate Change Assessment, on land claims negotiations in Canada and many other issues. He believed strongly that Arctic indigenous peoples deserve a place in the great debates over the fate of one of the world's most important regions. He was dogged and determined and took pride at being a thorn in the side of officialdom when necessary. To us his colleagues, Terry was a compassionate, extremely amusing and a good friend, who gave freely of his time, advice and expertise.