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“Auntie Ellen” Appointed to the Order of Canada – VIU

by ahnationtalk on January 8, 201863 Views

January 8, 2018

VIU’s beloved former Elder-in-Residence Ellen White was recognized with Canada’s highest civilian honour earlier this year.

Known affectionately as “Auntie Ellen” at VIU, the Coast Salish Elder touched the lives of many students, staff and faculty during her 13 years as an Elder-in-Residence. She is known on campus for her loving, generous and wise demeanour and for openly sharing knowledge. She received an Honorary Doctorate degree from VIU in 2006.

White, also known by her Coast Salish name Kwulasulwut, which means “Many Stars,” worked tirelessly over seven decades to celebrate First Nations culture and build bridges between people of diverse cultural backgrounds.

She was appointed to the Order of Canada for her outstanding contributions as an Elder and
community leader, and efforts to preserve the Hul’qumi’num language. White received her insignia from the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, during a special ceremony March 31 at Dufferin Place, Nanaimo.

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