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LU's new president installed, First Nations kids' advocate receives honourary doc Oct. 26

Cindy Blackstock 'a tireless advocate for the equitable treatment of Inuit, First Nations and Métis children'

Laurentian University's new president, Robert Haché, will be officially installed as the university's 11th president at the university's fall convocation Saturday, Oct. 26.

A veteran molecular biologist and biochemist, Haché has held high-level positions at York University, University of Alberta and University of Ottawa in addition to his leading efforts in collaborative scientific research.

(If you want to meet Haché, the public is invited to take part in a reception Friday, Oct. 25 from 5-7 p.m. at the McEwen School of Architecture in downtown Sudbury).

During the same convocation ceremony, Cindy Blackstock will receive a doctorate of laws from Laurentian University.

A member of the Gitxsan Nation, Blackstock is a tireless advocate for the equitable treatment of Inuit, First Nations and Métis children. 

As executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, she has won hard-fought human rights tribunal cases which have resulted in hundreds of thousands of services being provided to Indigenous children.

There will be two convocation ceremonies Oct. 26, one at 10 a.m. and the other at 3 p.m. 

Haché will be installed as president and Blackstock presented with an honourary doctorate during the morning ceremony.