Turpel-Lafond returns honorary degrees from SFU, Brock


Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond returned the honorary degrees that were granted by Simon Fraser University and Brock University. The Vancouver Sun reports that SFU was proceeding with a review of an honorary degree granted to Turpel-Lafond in 2016 and gave her the option of “[making] representations on the issues at hand,” or returning the degree. Turpel-Lafond chose to return it. The Indigenous Women’s Collective has reportedly raised its concerns about the university allowing Turpel-Lafond to return the degree without completing the review of her claims of Indigenous identity. Brock also recently accepted Turpel-Lafond’s decision to voluntarily relinquish an honorary degree that she received from Brock in 2010.

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