Honorary Degrees

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Name: Joseph Quewezance
Convocation date: June 7, 2018
Discipline / contribution: aboriginal leadership ; aboriginal rights; public service
Citation / biographical information:
Joseph (Joe) Quewezance has dedicated his life to improving the quality of life for First Nations in Saskatchewan by influencing public policy on all levels of government. As a young man, Mr. Quewezance, a residential school survivor, honed his interest in First Nations governance while working as an aide to hereditary and elected chiefs in the east central area of Saskatchewan and in the band office in his home community of Yellow Quill First Nation. In 1973, he was elected chief of Yellow Quill and would go on to serve two further terms as chief and one as a band councillor. In 1982, he co-founded the Saskatoon Tribal Council and in the years following served many terms as tribal chief. During this time Mr. Quewezance laid the foundation for many vital community partnerships with business, all levels of government and various industries. What started out as a two-person operation today has more than 250 employees and offers services to more than 28,000 people in Saskatoon and 11,000 members on seven First Nations. Between 2001 and 2005, Mr. Quewezance served as a member of the Commission of First Nations and Métis People and Justice Reform, which sought to make the system better serve First Nations and Métis people. Mr. Quewezance has received many honours throughout his career, including the First Nations Award for Sport and Recreation, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and Circle of Honour Lifetime Achievement Award. He has served as board chair for the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies and the Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation, and as a board member for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Executive Council, the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association, the Whitecap Dakota Sioux Nation Economic Development Board and Saskatoon Tribal Council Casino Holdings. Mr. Quewezance was an Anishinabe Knowledge Keeper for the Following Their Voices’ Initiative which encourages investment and increasing First Nations graduates in Saskatchewan. He was also appointed to the Elders Advisory Circle for the Assembly of First Nations and currently sits at the National level He has three daughters and six sons, four of whom were adopted by traditional means including Chief Darcy Bear and Chief Delbert Wapass. Mr. Quewezance is a passionate great grandfather who enjoys spending time with family, coaching sports, language and culture, and mentoring forthcoming generations of leaders.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws

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