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Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Waterloo

Douglas Stenton is an archaeologist by profession and the former (Retired) Director of Heritage for the Government of Nunavut Department of Culture and Heritage. Dr. Stenton has conducted archaeological research and training in the Eastern Canadian Arctic (Nunavut) since 1980. His research has focused primarily on settlement-subsistence systems of the late prehistoric (Thule) period, and most recently on the investigation of archaeological sites associated with the 1845 Sir John Franklin Expedition.

Dr. Stenton is a former senior instructor in Nunavut Arctic College’s Environmental Technology Program, where he introduced anthropology and archaeology into the curriculum. He also served as the first Government of Nunavut Archaeologist and was appointed Director of Heritage in 2002.

Dr. Stenton played a central role in the development and implementation of heritage legislation and policy in Nunavut. He also served for four years as the Executive Director of the Inuit Heritage Trust, the Designated Inuit Organization under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement responsible for representing Inuit interests in archaeological resource management.

Dr. Stenton is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Waterloo and at Trent University.


  • 2002–2017
    Director of Heritage, Government of Nunavut
  • 2000–2002
    Chief Archaeologist, Government of Nunavut