Chief Robert Joseph, O.B.C, O.C., is a prominent peace-builder who has dedicated his life to promoting reconciliation between Canada’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. As a hereditary chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation and a survivor of the residential school system, he co-founded Reconciliation Canada and currently serves as an ambassador for the organization. Chief Robert Joseph is actively involved in various councils and alliances, including the National Assembly of First Nations Elders Council and the Native American Leadership Alliance for Peace and Reconciliation. Moreover, he serves as a peace and reconciliation ambassador with the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IFWP), engaging with global leaders to share his insights on faith, hope, healing, and reconciliation.
Chief Robert Joseph’s memoir “Namwayut” shares a deeply personal narrative, inspiring a brighter future for Canada and Indigenous communities. His unwavering commitment stands as a testament to the transformative power of healing and forgiveness. Numerous awards and honors, such as SFU’s Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue and The Order of British Columbia and Order of Canada, acknowledge his remarkable contributions.
The Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations recognizes and celebrates Chief Robert Joseph’s exceptional work and exemplary leadership in fostering positive relations and bridging differences. This prestigious accolade reflects his profound impact on advancing Indigenous rights, advocating for reconciliation, and building a more inclusive and harmonious society for everyone.