Turpel-Lafond returns second honorary degree after being told of identity review
VICTORIA — Royal Roads University says it has accepted the return of an honorary doctorate from retired judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who was the subject of a CBC investigation about her claims of Indigenous heritage last fall.
A statement from the university near Victoria says it contacted Turpel-Lafond after initiating a review in response to public concerns.
The statement says Turpel-Lafond responded by voluntarily returning the degree, which has been cancelled by the university.
It says the school’s review process included consultation with Indigenous and academic colleagues and its advisory committee on honours and awards.
It’s the second honorary degree that Turpel-Lafond has relinquished, after Vancouver Island University made a similar announcement last month.
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