A driving force of one of the most significant court decisions regarding Indigenous land claims will be honoured by the University of Victoria.
Neil Sterritt will receive honorary doctor of laws degrees from the University of Victoria during fall convocation.
Sterritt, former Gitxsan-Wet’suwet’en Tribal Council president, was instrumental in the 1997 Supreme Court of Canada Delgamuukw decision that confirmed the existence of Aboriginal title in BC.
Sterritt and other Gitxsan leaders worked with former UVic president Howard Petch in the early 1980s to develop and implement the First Nations teacher education program at UVic and in Sterritt’s home community of Hazelton.
Sterritt, who lives in 150 Mile House, will receive his honorary degree November 14.