Former Tsawwassen chief Kim Baird will become Kwantlen Polytechnic University's chancellor in October

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      A third B.C. university will soon have an Indigenous chancellor.

      Today, Kwantlen Polytechnic University announced that Kim Baird will assume this role for a three-year term, beginning on October 5.

      Baird is a six-term former chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation, negotiating and implementing B.C.'s first modern urban treaty. 

      She's also a KPU graduate.

      "I had a tough upbringing and odds were against me to finish high school, let alone attend a post-secondary institution,” Baird said in a KPU news release. “I chose Kwantlen because of its smaller community-based campuses. Little did I know that this choice would lead me on an amazing career path, allowing me to make meaningful contributions to my community and Indigenous issues. I never dreamed that I could one day be the chancellor for an institution that changed my life."

      She hoped to "contribute to KPU's evolving role with Indigenous reconciliation in Canada".

      This comes four days after UBC announced that former lieutenant-governor Steven Lewis Point will become chancellor on July 1.

      Thompson Rivers University also has an Indigenous chancellor, Nathan Matthew, who was appointed in 2018. He was chief of the Simpcw First Nation for more than 20 years. 

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