Turpel-Lafond returns honorary degree to YorkU


Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has returned an honorary degree to York University, which makes it the latest in a series of institutions that have had an honorary degree returned by from Turpel-Lafond. YorkU released a statement noting that its Subcommittee on Honorary Degrees was reviewing the bestowed honour when Turpel-Lafond decided to voluntarily return it. The subcommittee has noted that Turpel-Lafond is no longer the university’s honoree. “York University has clearly heard the concerns that have been raised and the harm caused when false claims of Indigeneity are alleged,” read the statement. “York University takes this issue very seriously and acknowledges the pain and turmoil that such claims cause Indigenous community members.”