Lori Lee Pike
Mi'kmaq elder Dr. Calvin White, who received an honorary degree at Memorial's convocation ceremony in Corner Brook last spring, is one of the newest members of the Order of Canada
Dr. White, who hails from Flat Bay, was announced Friday as an appointee to the member level, which "recognizes outstanding contributions at the local or regional level or in a special field of activity."
White, who helped organize families in Conne River and Labrador in the 1960s into a group that became the Federation of Newfoundland Indians, was cited for his "vital role in the preservation and revival of Indigenous culture in Newfoundland and Labrador and for his sustained leadership and mentorship with the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation," according to a press release from the office of the secretary of the Governor General.
Memorial University research professor Dr. Barbara Neis of St. John's was also named to the Order. Drs. White and Neis were among 125 recipients who will be presented with their insignia at a ceremony in the new year.