On Tuesday, June 6, at 2:30 p.m. at the Sanderson Centre for Performing Arts, Rebecca Jamieson, President of Six Nations Polytechnic, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. This is Jamieson’s second honorary degree. Her first was conferred by Western University in October 2015, at which time Jamieson also received an honorary Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.) degree.
Jamieson was recognized for her achievements and contributions to the revitalization of Ogwehoweh languages, as well as her decades of work as an educator in the community. After receiving the honorary degree, Jamieson addressed the gathering and spoke about the importance of the transformative impacts of education.
“Education can produce powerful and positive impacts. Laurier is one of our longest-standing partners, and together our institutions have played a significant role in the lives of many Indigenous students. Who could have imagined that Six Nations would go from having one of the most infamous residential schools – the Mohawk Institute – to having its own post-secondary institute, Six Nations Polytechnic, now working in partnership with Laurier and many other universities and colleges to build a better future for us all.”
- Rebecca Jamieson, President/CEO of Six Nations Polytechnic
About Rebecca Jamieson:
Rebecca Jamieson is a distinguished and recognized leader in Indigenous education in Ontario and Canada, and an influential champion for the preservation of Indigenous languages. As CEO and president of Six Nations Polytechnic, she has had a transformational impact on her institution, her community and on post-secondary education in Ontario. Jamieson has also been actively involved in post-secondary education more broadly, serving as the first executive director of the College Standards and Accreditation Council, and on the Board of Governors for several Ontario universities and Mohawk College. Jamieson is Tuscarora, Eel Clan.