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Bev Sellars To Be Given An Honorary Degree

Four people from across the province, including one from the Cariboo, will be honoured at this year’s Spring Convocation at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.

On June 9th, a former Chief of the Xatsull First Nation, an Indigenous Lawyer, and author, Bev Sellars will be given the honorary Doctor of Letters degree for making the world a better place.

Sellars said she was surprised to get a letter from the president of the University saying that she was one of four people who will be receiving this special recognition.

“I was a little reluctant to accept it at first because I was thinking that there are so many that deserve that award before me. But after talking to my husband and my children, my husband said you know if it encourages one Indigenous person, one Indigenous student to continue on then it will be worth it.”

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Sellars is an Indigenous lawyer, author, and continues to be a strong advocate for her community.

“Even though I am no longer in an elective position I know I still have things to offer and I’ve been recently asked to be involved in certain things. I will never abandon my community or trying to educate both Indigenous and non-Indigenous about the real history of Canada.”

Sellars served as an advisor for the BC Treaty Commission and as a representative for the Secwepemc communities on the Cariboo Chilcotin Justice Inquiry, and is currently the Senior Advisor to the Indigenous Leadership Initiative and the President of the Moccasin Footprint Society.

She will be given the Doctor of Letters on June 9th at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.

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