Jim Frideres (Ph.D.) grew up on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana. He received his BSc degree from Montana State University. He then attended Washington State University where he obtained his MA and PhD in Sociology and Social Psychology, going on to teach at the University of Manitoba from 1969-1971 before moving to the University of Calgary. At Calgary, he has held a number of senior administrative positions. He has also been a visiting professor at a number of universities such as McQuarrie University, Dalhousie University, University of Hawaii (Manoa) and Hanoi University.
Jim Frideres has published widely on Aboriginal policy in Canada. His recent publication Aboriginal Peoples in Canada is the 9th edition of this work. Other book publications include First Nations in the 21st Century (soon to be the 2nd edition), Integration and Inclusion of Newcomers and Minorities across Canada, and Immigration and Integration in Canada. His newest book on First Nations people will be published by Oxford University Press this winter and he is currently working on a manuscript focusing on the role of the Supreme Court of Canada with regard to Aboriginal issues. He was the editor of Canadian Ethnic Studies/etudes ethnic au Canada for over two decades and is involved as board member for several other journals. He was the co-editor of the International Journal for Aboriginal Policy.
Jim has served for several years on the Panel for Research Ethics (Tri Council) before being appointed as the chair of the Panel in 2011. He has been invited to numerous organizations to talk about ethics and its relationship to research. He was asked to participate in the Center for Engineering Ethics and Society organization and has published his work on the Online Ethics Center. Dr. Frideres is currently working on an education project in Afghanistan supported by the Government of Canada and the Ministry of Education of Afghanistan.