Royal Roads and UVic honour leading lights of First Nations communities

Royal Roads University and the University of Victoria share more than a convocation ceremony date. Both Victoria universities will honour Indigenous community leaders, among other honorees, at ceremonies June 14. The honorees from each university were highlighted in the Victoria Times Colonist June 9.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

At the Royal Roads University spring convocation on Tuesday, honorary degrees will be conferred on Songhees First Nation elder Elmer Seniemten George, the only fluent speaker of the Lekwungen language, and Jack Austin, who has been a leader in politics, law and business.

George, a residential-school survivor, is also prominent in the Indian Shaker Church and played a major role in the building of the Songhees Big House. Austin was in the cabinets of both Pierre Trudeau and Paul Martin, served in the Senate for 32 years and helped in negotiations with the United States on the Columbia River Treaty.

The Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award is going to the Inter-Cultural Association for years of helping newcomers to the country.

“We’re delighted and it’s a nice recognition after working 45 years in the community in work that we think is important,” said ICA chief executive Jean McRae, who will accept the award.

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