Esteemed Ktunaxa Elder Sophie Pierre will be the guest speaker at the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce’s final luncheon before the June 15 summer break.
Sophie, a mother of three and grandmother of five, now spends much of her time as an elder advisor to her community of ?aqam and the Ktunaxa Nation.
Previously, she served her community of ‘Aqam of the Ktunaxa Nation for 30 years; 26 as an elected chief, and for 25 years was the trustee of the Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Tribal Council, now the Ktunaxa Nation Council.
Sophie received the Order of Canada in 2016; the Order of British Columbia in 2002 and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the business category in 2003.
Sophie Pierre was appointed Chief Commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission from April 2009 to 2015 with the agreement of the governments of Canada and British Columbia and the First Nations Summit.
Since her retirement in 2015, Sophie has been appointed to various foundations, including the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation as a mentor, the BC Achievement Foundation, the Vancouver Foundation and the BC Parks Foundation.
Sophie’s commitment to good governance, accountability and leadership has been recognized with three honorary degrees from Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Canada West.
The June 15 luncheon (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) will be held at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort.
Main picture: Sophie Pierre addresses a gathering at the unveiling of the ‘children’s statue’ at the St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino in October 2017. e-KNOW file picture