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Salish Sea Sentinel | May 26, 2020

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SFU elects Sḵwxwú7mesh chairman

SFU elects Sḵwxwú7mesh chairman

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Simon Fraser University has elected a new chairman from Sḵwxwú7mesh Nation. 

Chris Lewis (Syeta’xtn) was first appointed to the board in 2014, and served as deputy-chairman before becoming chairman this year. 

The SFU board oversees the university’s administrative side including property, finance and associated policies. 

“I’m excited to serve SFU in this new capacity,” Lewis said in a statement.  

Lewis is an alumnus of SFU and holds a BA in geography and First Nations studies. He also co-chaired SFU’s Aboriginal Reconciliation Council from 2016 to 2017 and is an elected councilor for Sḵwxwú7mesh Nation. 

SFU president Andrew Petter said Lewis has contributed “hugely” to the university over the years. 

“He helped to provide a path forward for the university in its commitments to be an instrument for reconciliation, and to provide a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for Indigenous students, staff and faculty,” he said.  

“I have no doubt that his leadership of the board will assist SFU in further advancing its mission.”