Order of Canada – Dr Marie Battiste

To the University community,

On behalf of the Board of Governors, faculty, staff and students of Cape Breton University, I wish to congratulate Dr. Marie Battiste, Special Advisor to the Vice-President Academic and to Unama’ki College, on being invested into the Order of Canada.

As a Mi’kmaw educator and advocate, she has made significant contributions to research and scholarship on Indigenous knowledge and languages. She has, and continues to make our country a better place with her work. Dr. Battiste is truly deserving of this great honour. This honour bestowed upon her also made history as the first time an Indigenous recipient was invested into the Order by an Indigenous Governor General, Mary Simon.

At Cape Breton University, we are so fortunate to benefit from Dr. Battiste’s vast knowledge and expertise. And we are so thrilled that her contributions to our country and our communities were recognized in such a meaningful way.

The Order of Canada, established in 1967, is one of Canada’s highest honours. The honour recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation.  Appointments – made at three levels: companion, officer, and member – are made by the Governor General on the recommendation of the advisory council for the Order of Canada.

Please join me in sending warm congratulations to Dr. Battiste.

Yours very truly,

David C. Dingwall

President & Vice-Chancellor