News Release

REF NO.: 164

SUBJECT: Memorial University spring honorary degree recipient title correction

DATE: April 18, 2012

Roberta Jamieson, president and CEO of Indspire, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree during a spring convocation ceremony to be held on Friday, June 1, at 3 p.m. in St. John’s.
A previously issued release incorrectly stated Ms. Jamieson is the current chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Her biography follows below.
Indspire is a charitable organization that is dedicated to raising funds to deliver programs that provide the necessary tools for Indigenous peoples, especially youth, to achieve their potential.
Roberta Jamieson
For her contribution to the advancement of women and Indigenous people, Roberta Jamieson will receive an honorary doctor of laws at the 3 p.m. session of convocation on Friday, June 1. Ms. Jamieson has enjoyed a career of “firsts.” She was the first First Nations woman to receive a law degree upon her education at McGill University and Western University; the first non-parliamentarian to be appointed an ex-officio member of a House of Commons committee; the first woman to be appointed ombudsman of the province of Ontario; and in 2001 she was the first woman elected chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Ms. Jamieson’s work in conflict resolution was recognized by the University of Toronto when she was named by the Faculty of Law as the Goodman Fellow and she also received the first Mary Parker Follett Award of the International Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. Since 2004, Ms. Jamieson has been president and chief executive officer of Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation). The recipient of numerous honorary degrees, Ms. Jamieson is also a member of the Order of Canada.

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