Dr. Clement Abas Apaak


Dr. Clement Abas Apaak holds a PhD in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada, M.Phil. in Archaeology from the University Of Bergen, Norway, International Certificate in African Archaeology from the University of Brussels, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Archaelogy and History from the University Of Ghana, Ghana.

A native of the Upper West Region of Ghana, he was the first international student to be elected to a university board of Governors in British Columbia, Canada, and the first African valedictorian of his graduation class. He is a former SFU Senator and student society president, and is the founder of Canadian Students for Darfur — a partner of Oxfam Canada. Clement is a well-known social advocate, community organizer, public speaker, media contributor, and an educator.

Currently a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana, Dr. Apaak lectured Anthropology, History, and Archaeology at Simon Fraser Univeristy and Quest University in British Columbia, Canada, and was appointed to the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee of the City of Vancouver.

Faculty Profile

Qualifications

  • PhD in Archaeology, Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada
  • M.Phil. in Archaeology, University Of Bergen, Norway
  • International Certificate in African Archaeology, University of Brussels, Belgium
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Archaelogy and History, University Of Ghana, Ghana.

Research & Teaching Interests

Anthropology

Ethno-Archaeology

African Archaeology

African History and Culture

African-Canadian History and Culture

First Nations Studies

Material Culture Studies

Social Complexity

Trade Studies

History

Global Issues

Governance

Research Experience

Principal Investigator, Ethnographic Study of the Traditional Salt Industry of Northern Ethiopia, Afar and Tigrai Regions, Ethiopia.

Principal Investigator, Archaeological Analysis of Material Recovered From Excavations at Ayawaso, an Iron Age Site in The Accra Plains, Ghana.

Assistant Field Director, Slavery And Danish Plantations Project, Part of Survey and Excavation Team at Sesemi, Accra, Ghana. Lead and Principal Investigator, Dr. Bredwa Mensah, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.

Principal Investigator, Ethnographic Study of Bulsa Traditional Architecture, Bulsa District, Upper East Region, Ghana.

Team Member, Accra Plains Archaeological Project, Survey and Excavations Team at Wudoku, Accra, Ghana.

Professional Experience & Activities

Dr. Apaak has a vast pool of experience from a wide range of backgrounds. Over the years he has donated his time, knowledge and resources to help young people in Canada and recently in Ghana. His role as a respected and dedicated advocate and believer in the power of the youth in transforming society has guided him over the years. This is why he has committed to providing the right guidance and tools to the youth as his way to help them realise their potential. He is guided by a conviction that the youth are the leaders of today and need to be empowered to take up their responsibility in Ghana and in other parts of the world. Dr. Apaak has fearlessly advocated and has taken advantage of every opportunity to inspire many, mostly through his public speeches, his deeds and by volunteering to help those in need.

Dr. Apaak founded and registered Direct Assistance Network-Ghana and Canada in 2010, an NGO aimed at mobilising funds and educational supplies from Canada to help provide and improve educational opportunities for students in northern Ghana. He launched Direct Assistance Network in Sandema Senior High Technical School, the secondary school he attended in Ghana, this year during his visit to Ghana after eleven years of advocacy and study in Norway, the USA and Canada. He expects to support 100 girls in ten schools with $100 per year as well as provide ten computers and books to each of the ten target schools the girls he will support will be drawn from.

His recent activities in Ghana and the accomplishments he has chalked in Canada all point to his abilities and skills. Dr. Apaak was the keynote speaker at an event arranged by the Bulsa Students Association in the Sandema District of the Upper East Region earlier this year, where he spoke on the importance of youth mentorship. He also volunteered to serve as a resident scholar of the Association of Global Citizens – Ghana (AGC), under the auspices of our Students for Peace Program. He delivered keynote addresses in six Senior High Schools in Ghana between March and June 2010 – Akosombo International, Lincoln Memorial, Ghana International, Yaa Asantiwaa, Kumasi Girl and Prempeh College – as part of the call by the United Nations General Assembly resolution urging Member States of the Organisation to develop educational programmes about Holocaust history to assist the youth to learn the lessons of the Holocaust as to prevent future acts of genocide. He focused on the topic the “Holocaust: The Role of Youth in Ending Discrimination, Prejudice and Hatred”. Dr. Apaak used the Holocaust as a basis to help the students understand how they can identify and help prevent acts that lead to the evils of Discrimination, Prejudice and Hatred in Ghana and in other parts of Africa.

Dr. Apaak is currently working in partnership with the members of Parliament for Bulsa North and South Hon. Timothy Ataboadey and Hon. Alhassan Azong in their effort to develop the Bulsa District of the Upper East Region. He served as Special Advisor to Hon. Timothy Ataboadey and as part of this helped to arrange meetings with Bulsa youth in the tertiary schools, visited key areas of the Bulsa North Constituency as a member of the MPs team, and participated in drafting and editing the MPs ten year developmental plan for the Builsa North Constituency. He has made contributions as a media commentator in Canada, and in Ghana.

Dr. Apaak was elected to lead students in Canada at the university, provincial and national level, and has implemented youth focused programs such as the Education to Facilitate the Integration of African/Black students into the school system of British Columbia funded by Heritage Canada. On various occations he has been a keynote speaker to youth groups and students. For example, he was the keynote speaker at the Canadian High School Model United Nations Association Conference, Vancouver, Canada and a speaker on Global Citizenship at the Student Leadership Conference With Stephen Lewis As Keynote Speaker, University Of British Columbia, Canada.

His advocacy for changes in provincial laws, university policies, and student union structures caused the historic repeal of section 23c of the British Columbia University Act in March 2006. His community involvement is well documented in the Ghanaian communities of Bergen in Norway, San Diego in the USA and Vancouver in Canada. In Vancouver like the other cities in which he has lived, his involvement in the African community is reflected in his role as a regular master of ceremony for Africa related and African community events, his position as a founding member of the United African Communities of British Columbia, and his radio show ‘African Connection’, devoted to African and African immigrant issues on CJSF 90.1FM.

Dr. Apaak has made contributions as a human rights advocate and as a community leader in Vancouver, Canada. He has hosted and/or spoken at events with notable Canadians such as Senators Romeo Dalliare and Mobina Jaffer; HIV/AIDS Activist Stephen Lewis; Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton; Oxfam Canada Executive Director Robert Fox; Holocaust Survivor Robbie Wiseman; Human Rights Advocate and Miss Canada 2003 Nazanin Afshin-Jam; and Olympic Gold Medallist Daniel Igali. In addition, Dr. Apaak had the unique opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama, retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Human Rights Activist Shirin Ebadi when they were granted honorary degrees by Simon Fraser University in 2004.

Dr. Apaak has spoken to hundreds of students in pre and post secondary schools as well as community groups, social justice and humanitarian organisations in British Columbia, Canada, and in Ghana. He has written several news articles and participates in TV, and radio shows to speak on issues related to international relations and international politics; international development; African politics, history and culture; social activism; racism and race relations; community service; humanitarian aid; health and HIV/AIDS in Africa; social justice and the role of youth and students; international students; human rights and gender equality; and intercultural relationships.

Selected Publishing Portfolio

Challenges of A Ghanaian Archaeologist. Chapter Contributed To Being and Becoming An Indigenous Archaeologist. Edited by George Nicholas, Left Coast Press, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA, USA.

Teaching & Research

Institute of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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Speaker on Human Rights and International Development

Dr. Apaak has spoken to hundreds of students in pre and post secondary schools as well as community groups, social justice and humanitarian organisations in British Columbia, Canada, and in Ghana. He has written several news articles and participates in TV, and radio shows to speak on issues related to international relations and international politics; international development; African politics, history and culture; social activism; racism and race relations; community service; humanitarian aid; health and HIV/AIDS in Africa; social justice and the role of youth and students; international students; human rights and gender equality; and intercultural relationships.