Chris (Syeta’xtn) Lewis joins SFU in advisory role on Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation

February 08, 2022

Over a long and meaningful connection with SFU, Chris (Syeta’xtn) Lewis has served in an ever-growing list of roles.

He is an alumnus, graduating in 2005 with a BA in geography and First Nations Studies. He was a member of the Board of Governors and also served as Board Chair. He was the co-chair of the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council (SFU-ARC). And in 2021 he received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Award.

"Throughout his time at SFU, I have counted on Syeta’xtn as a trusted advisor, and so too have other members of the senior leadership team," says Joy Johnson, president and vice-chancellor. "I am grateful for his teachings and look forward to continuing our work together."

In his newest role, Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation, Syeta’xtn will continue to advise the President and senior leadership. Along with Dr. Catherine Dauvergne, he will continue to co-chair the Indigenous Listening and Learning Task Force, which is seeking input on the senior leadership role recommended in the SFU-ARC report. He will guide and support a number of other activities that help SFU move toward reconciliation.

“I am excited to continue the work that began with the Aboriginal Reconciliation Report,” Syeta’xtn says. “As we consider reconciliation, decolonization and Indigenization at SFU there is work to do, but I am confident that when we work together, we can achieve great things.”

Syeta’xtn recently completed his term as elected councillor with Squamish Nation, and continues to be an active leader in the community.