May 11, 2022
Alongside Tsleil-Waututh family, Musqueam & Squamish relatives, Chief & Council, and Tsleil-Waututh leaders, Elder Carleen Thomas, ‘Unsakhalote’, became the new Chancellor of Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
This is a special moment for our community and historically, as Carleen is the first Indigenous person to hold the Chancellor position at Emily Carr University. At the Installation ceremony, Carleen was presented by her sister Leah George-Wilson, with a cultural address from relative Gabriel George, and blanketed by her sister Deanna George. Carleen was recognized for her spirit and passion in education and support of decolonization, and her commitment for following her father’s footsteps in continuing to share Tsleil-Waututh knowledge with us, students, the broader community, and for future generations to come.
Carleen is an educator, a former elected council member who held the Community Development portfolio for health & education, and the Special Projects Manager for the Treaty, Lands & Resources department for Tsleil-Waututh Nation. She was appointed by the Board of Governors and assumed the position of Chancellor of Emily Carr University on August 3, 2021.
Here are some highlight photos from the ceremony: