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Chief Stephen Augustine, doctor of letters


Hereditary Chief of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council, renowned Elder and Mi’kmaq scholar, Stephen Augustine is dedicated to supporting education through Indigenous ways of knowing and fostering an environment for collaboration between organizations.

His book, Mi’kmaq and Maliseet Cultural Ancestral Material: National Collections from the Canadian Museum of Civilization, has proven to be a valuable resource for educators and researchers in understanding Indigenous culture. In 2009, Chief Augustine was awarded the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for his outstanding work in supporting the recognition and teaching of first nations culture, heritage and spirituality. In addition to his personal accomplishments, he is viewed as a respected supporter of the Indigenous community and serves as the Elder advisor for the Federal Court of Canada Judges, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the Human rights Commission of Canada.

Most recently, Chief Augustine was appointed to the Order of Canada, for 2022, where he was recognized for his efforts in advancing Mi’kmaq studies and sharing his scholarly expertise and traditional knowledge with private and public organizations.

(The spring honorary degree recipients were featured in the last issue of Alumni News)