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Little Bear joins Order of Canada

Leroy Little Bear

Leroy Little Bear

A Blood Tribe man is one of 15 new officers of the Order of Canada.
Leroy Little Bear was among the appointments announced last week by Governor General Julie Payette.
Little Bear was honoured “For his advocacy of Indigenous rights and self-governance, and for his work to promote access to education for Indigenous peoples globally.”
Little Bear is one of 103 new appointments to the Order of Canada and will be invited to accept his insignia at a ceremony.
Little Bear was a founder of the University of Lethbridge’s Department of Native American Studies, one of the first such departments in Canada. He received the 2017 University of Lethbridge Speaker Research Award.
Little Bear has also received the key to the City of Lethbridge, an Urban Aboriginal Lifetime Achievement Award, an honourary Doctor of Arts and Science from the U of L, an Honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of Northern British Columbia and was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence.
In September 2017, the University of Lethbridge appointed Little Bear as the institution’s first Distinguished Niitsitapi Scholar.
The Order of Canada was created in 1967 as one of Canada’s highest honours.
Presented by the governor general, the Order honours people whose service shapes society; whose innovations ignite imaginations; and whose compassion unites communities.
Close to 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order of Canada.
Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the advisory council for the Order of Canada.

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