OHSWEKEN, ON – June 29, 2018 - Today it was announced that Rebecca Jamieson has been appointed to the Order of Canada; a distinguished honour recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation.
As President and CEO of Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP), and before that having worked in the Indigenous education sector for 30 years, Jamieson has spent most of her life improving outcomes for Indigenous students while bridging the gap in understanding between cultures.
“The appointment to the Order of Canada is truly an honour,” said Jamieson. Previous honours for Jamieson include: The Order of Ontario (2008); Distinguished Fellow, Mohawk College (2015); Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Western Ontario (2015); and Honorary Doctor of Laws, Wilfrid Laurier University (2017).
Some of Jamieson’s accomplishments during her tenure at SNP include overseeing the implementation of the Bachelor of Arts in Ogwehoweh Languages, the first of its kind in Canada, creation of the innovative STEAM Academy high school, as well as co-hosting the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Indigenous Education (WIPCE) which saw over 3,000 people from around the world gather in Toronto in July 2017.
Remaining humbled and grateful, Jamieson recognizes that she could not have done this alone. “In accepting this, it is important to me to acknowledge and thank my family, colleagues and community,” Jamieson said. “Only through our collective efforts can we create positive change for a sustainable future for all who share this land.”
About Rebecca Jamieson
Rebecca Jamieson, Tuscarora, is the President-CEO Six Nations Polytechnic. Rebecca has been involved at all levels of First Nations education in a wide range of roles including teaching, counselling, policy, curriculum and institutional research and development. In Ontario, Rebecca has also been actively involved in public postsecondary education, serving as the first Executive Director of the College Standards and Accreditation Council (CSAC), and on the Board of Governors for several Ontario Universities and Mohawk College.
Rebecca holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and philosophy from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Education from the University of Toronto. Rebecca is a member of the College of Teachers and holds Supervisory Officers Qualifications. She is trained in mediation and alternative dispute resolution and is a Graduate of the Carver Institute, Policy Governance.