Friday, June 15, 2012
At the 10am convocation ceremony, 21 MPA graduands will receive their degrees. Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) and present the formal address to an audience that includes Ph.D. and other Master’s students who recently completed their studies. Mr. Atleo, a Hereditary Chief of the Ahousaht First Nation, is a former two-term regional chief of the British Columbia AFN and Chancellor of Vancouver Island University. He was a keynote speaker at the SPS conference on Indigenous Issues in Post-Secondary Education in June 2011.
Queen’s MPA graduate, Lowell Murray, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s University on Wednesday, June 13th. Senator Murray is a Conservative politician who served 32 years in the Senate of Canada and who, as a member of the Privy Council, served in the governments of both Brian Mulroney and Kim Campbell. He participated in the constitutional negotiations that prefigured Meech Lake, and in the federal-provincial-aboriginal constitutional process of 1986-87.
SPS Fellow and former Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada, Peter Milliken was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University on Friday, May 25. A lawyer and politician, and the longest-serving Speaker in Canadian history, Mr. Milliken still lives in Kingston, Ontario.