Honorary Degree Recipients

2018 Steven Point

The Honourable Steven Point

The Honourable Steven Point, a provincial court judge and former BC lieutenant-governor, was recognized for his dedication to public service and his leadership in the Indigenous community.

Between 2007 and 2012, Justice Point served as British Columbia’s 28th lieutenant-governor and was the first Indigenous person appointed to represent the Queen in the province. Prior to that, he served as Chief of the Skowkale First Nation and as Tribal Chair of the Stó:lō Nation and Grand Chief of Stó:lō Tribal Council.

He was called to the BC Bar in 1986 and practised criminal law and native law. He served as an immigration adjudicator and provincial court judge before becoming Chief Commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission in 2005. He was reappointed as a provincial court judge in 2014.

Justice Point is a recipient of The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation’s Joseph H. Cohen Award and has served on the JIBC Aboriginal Education Advisory Council. His other previous honours include: the Order of British Columbia (2007), the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee (2002) and Diamond Jubilee (2012) medals, Knight of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (2008), and the Order of Chilliwack (2016). He has received Honorary Doctorates of Law from the University of the Fraser Valley (2000), University of Victoria (2012), University of British Columbia (2013) and Capilano University (2017).

Last updated November 7, 2018