Clarence ‘Butch’ Dick of Songhees Nation ‘deeply humbled’ by honorary degree

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By Jenessa Joy Klukas, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Yux’wey’lupton — or Clarence “Butch” Dick — has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Royal Roads University for his work as an artist and an educator.
“I was deeply humbled by the recognition,” says Dick, who was one of two leaders to receive the honour at the university’s fall 2021 convocation on Nov. 19.
Royal Roads also honoured Lillian Howard, who “was on the frontlines of advocacy for Indigenous people in B.C. and Canada,” for five decades before she died in October. Howard was a member of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation and was of Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Tlingit ancestry.
“You will be missed, yet your lifetime of actions has sown and nurtured strong roots across the country. Your contributions – to justice, health, environment and reconciliation – will be remembered and will go on to empower and awaken minds to Indigenous peoples’ rights long into the future,” reads a statement about Howard from the university.
Dick is from Songhees Nation, and he’s spent decades teaching Indigenous art in public schools, designing Indigenous education curriculum and working to revitalize Indigenous languages at the university level. He’s also a...continued.

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