Please join us in congratulating Dr. George Nicholas, the 2021 recipient of the Warren Gill Award for Community Impact!

A foundational principle of Dr. George Nicholas’ work with and for Indigenous communities over the past 30 years has been the belief that heritage is a basic human right and that Indigenous heritage is inseparably linked to issues of identity and rights and title. His journey to decolonize archaeology and other related heritage studies began while teaching at the SFU campus and as founder and Director of SFU’s Indigenous Archaeology program there.

The Warren Gill Award for Community Impact

Recognizing and celebrating lifetime achievement in community engagement.

The Warren Gill Award is presented annually to an SFU staff or faculty member who has dedicated a lifetime of work to exemplary community-engaged teaching, research and creative activity, and who has built significant partnerships between the University and the communities served by SFU.

Why this might be important to you.

SFU is filled with folks who have demonstrated lifetime commitment to building trust with community partners, sharing power in research and educational agendas, and respecting non-traditional knowledge practices as viable methods for knowledge creation and community impact. Perhaps you know (or are) one of them?

We think that the more we celebrate the exemplary, brave work taking place in our community, the more we'll be able to support and grow that work.

Warren Gill dedicated his thirty-three year career to helping build SFU’s definition of the university as an integral part of our community.

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