Royal Roads University Elder-in-residence Greg Sam has been selected as one of the recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, established in 2012 to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. The medal will be presented to Sam by Trevor Whitten of the Aboriginal Veterans Autochtones.
“Greg Sam has been a tireless advocate of the Coast Salish principle of Tse Tsa Watle – bringing people together to work collaboratively – in his work with Royal Roads University and beyond, and the award he receives today is wonderful recognition of that,” said Roberta Mason, associate vice-president, student and academic services. “It is a privilege to stand with him as he is acknowledged today for his work in support of serving aboriginal members and veterans of the Canadian Forces.”
Sam is the first elder in residence at Royal Roads after five years as aboriginal relations coordinator offering cultural support, counselling and advice on Coast Salish protocol. A respected elder from the Tsartlip Nation, Sam has a long association with Maritime Forces Pacific; in 2003, he and his father, Samuel Sam, were the first hosts of the Raven Culture Camp program for aboriginal youth interested in joining the military. He has also provided support to the youth, veterans and military staff. He also presents aboriginal awareness sessions for non-aboriginal people.
The medal was presented to Sam on Feb. 28.