A North Okanagan resident is being recognized for his contributions to the community.
Wayne Christian, chief of the Splatsin First Nation, will received an honourary doctorate from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops June 13.
Christian has been elected chief of the Splatsin band several times and has advocated for aboriginal people in the areas of health, title and rights, and culture on provincial and national committees.
According to TRU, Christian has spent considerable time advocating on behalf of youth, from creating sport and culture opportunities to being a co-investigator of the Cedar project, a federally-funded study addressing the HIV-related vulnerabilities of aboriginal young people using drugs.
He has been instrumental in the creation of programs such as Survivors of Trauma, which assesses multi-generational impacts of residential schools.
“Chief Christian’s belief that strength lies in pulling together is evident in his work in band relations in the Secwepemc Nation, through various committees and programs,” states a TRU release.
He has served for years as a hockey coach and is vice-president of the Secwepemc Cultural Education Society.