Dr Joe Gosnell Named Next UNBC Chancellor

John Crawford
04/03/2019

A well-respected Nisga'a leader will be the next Chancellor of the University of Northern BC.

Dr. Joseph Gosnell Sr. will be sworn in at the university's convocation ceremony in Prince George on May 31st.

Gosnell was one of the leading figures in the Nisga'a Treaty Negotiations and became the first president of the Nisga'a Lisims Government in 2000.

This is the latest in a series of honours received by Gosnell, including the Order of British Columbia, the Order of Canada, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation.

Gosnell says he hopes to use his position to encourage young women and men to take advantage of education, and to go as far as they can.

He says his experiences as an indigenous leader will also be important to ensure UNBC remains culturally sensitive to its students.

"I bring to the university indigenous culture, language, spirituality -- a whole range of indigenous issues; hopefully it will fit in somewhere in my role as the next chancellor," he said.

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Gosnell says it's a blessing to have this honour conferred on him, and he hopes to use it to encourage young people to take advantage of education..

"Haven't backed away from a challenge yet in my life -- and to me it feels like another star in my crown."

UNBC Board of Governors Chair Tracey Wolsey says Gosnell has made tremendous contributions to the lives of Northern British Columbians and people across the country.

The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of the University.

One of their primary duties is granting degrees at annual Convocation ceremonies.

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