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Lheidli T’enneh First Nation accepts respectful acknowledgement pledge from UNBC

Dolleen Logan, Chief of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation. File photo

Lheidli T’enneh First Nation Chief Dolleen Logan today accepted a ‘respectful acknowledgement’ pledge from the University of Northern British Columbia.

The pledge was given by UNBC President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Geoff Payne during a special ceremony. In thanks for the pledge of ‘respectful acknowledgement’, Logan presented UNBC with 18 plaques to be displayed in different buildings that comprise the UNBC Prince George campus.

“UNBC’s pledge to respectfully acknowledge our unceded ancestral lands celebrates another positive step forward on the road to reconciliation,” said Logan in a news release. “Over the past several years, UNBC and the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation have built a truly special partnership. It began with the Lheidli T’enneh Northern Promise Partnership Program where UNBC pays for the tuition for Lheidli students while our nation pays for housing, books, and other costs. We then added a relationship between Lheidli T’enneh Elders and the UNBC Timberwolves. A portion of the annual sales of Timberwolves merchandise goes to support our Elders Society activities. And last year, Dr. Payne and I began to meet quarterly to discuss issues of mutual interest and opportunities to strengthen our partnership. Today’s respectful acknowledgement pledge is another positive step on the road to reconciliation between our nation and UNBC.”

“The Lheidli T’enneh First Nation first welcomed UNBC on its unceded ancestral lands when the university opened its Prince George campus in 1994,” said UNBC President Dr. Geoff Payne. “Today, we make a pledge of respectful acknowledgement, strengthening UNBC’s special partnership with the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation. Our hope is that with respectful acknowledgement plaques on display in buildings across the Prince George campus that students, faculty, staff and community members will know how much we appreciate our special partnership with the Lheidli T’enneh. I look forward to continuing to work with Chief Dolleen Logan on more projects as UNBC continues its commitment to act on rruth and reconciliation.”

LTFN has previously accepted respectful acknowledgement pledges from the City of Prince George, Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, Prince George Public Library, College of New Caledonia, Prince George Chamber of Commerce, Prince George Pediatricians, PG Airport Authority, Save-on-Foods Pine Centre, London Drugs Parkwood and Prince George Cougars.

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