Grand Chief Stewart Phillip was awarded an honorary law degree from the University of B.C. Wednesday to go along with numerous other accolades.
Chief Phillip, who serves as president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs and the chair of the Okanagan Nation Alliance, “has taken an active role in the defence of Aboriginal title and rights by supporting First Nations communities in need, and has been involved in numerous protests and lobbying movements at provincial and national levels,” the university said when it announced his award this fall.
Penticton Indian Band Chief Chad Eneas credited Chief Phillip, who also held that post for 14 years, for staying the course on behalf of his people.
“When Grand Chief Stewart Phillip began working for our communities and fighting for Indigenous rights, he was not welcome at the table, but he was undeterred,” Chief Eneas said in a press release issued by the ONA.
“He is a man of conviction, a diplomat, and steadfastly committed to the rights of Indigenous people everywhere.”
Also due to received honourary degrees from UBC this week are “Sex and the City” actress and B.C. native Kim Cattrall, and sociolinguist Peter Trudgill.
— Penticton Herald