Cariboo Indigenous leader, TRU chancellor awarded Order of B.C.

By Greg Fry
November 30, 2017 - 3:41pm Updated: November 30, 2017 - 4:15pm

KAMLOOPS — A First Nations leader from the Cariboo and the chancellor of Thompson Rivers University are among 16 British Columbians  to receive B.C.'s highest honour this year: the Order of B.C. 

Neil Sterritt of 150 Mile House is a leader in land claims and other Indigenous issues and is being recognized for leading the Gitxsan people during a seminal legal case in Canada's constitutional history which went on to have an impact on other court cases on Aboriginal rights and title.

TRU Chancellor Wally Oppal is a retired Supreme Court and Court of Appeal judge and is being recognized for dedicating his life to public service as an elected official and in law and for his ongoing efforts to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in this province.

Since its inception 28 years ago, 418 people have received the honour.

The recipients were selected by an independent advisory committee and will receive their awards on December 14 at Government House in Victoria.

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