|Honorary Degree Recipient, Professor Bruce Sealey, May, 1985 (Photograph Collection, A-7939)|
Convocation date: May 16, 1985
Discipline / contribution: native & metis education
Citation / biographical information:
Mr. Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you Donald Bruce Sealey.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Born at Pine Creek, Manitoba, in 1928, Bruce Sealey received his high school education in Arden, where he subsequently worked as a dog-team freighter, fisherman and farmer. He taught for the Federal Department of Indian Affairs in the late 1940s in various remote Native communities, aided by his fluency in Cree and his Metis heritage. Over the next two decades he was a vice-principal, principal, then consultant, while concurrently completing his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees at the University of Manitoba. A one-year sojourn at the University of Minnesota in Native American Studies augmented his work experience.
In 1970 he was appointed Associate Professor of Education at his alma mater where he developed and implemented a Cross-Cultural Studies program for teachers. He completed his Master of Education degree and defended his theses - "... the Effects of Oral English Language on School Achievement of Indian and Metis High School Students."
Professor Sealey did not confine himself to academia, however, and sought avenues to improve the condition of Indian and Metis people. He worked with the Manitoba Metis Federation as Chairman of the Education Committee, Consultant, and as the Director. He has been recognized by the Metis people for his work by the awared of the Order of the Sash. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have retained Professor Sealey as an instructor on cross-cultural education of the Police College in Ottawa and the R.C.M.P. regional posts in Winnipeg and Regina.
Professor Sealey has published over two dozen scholarly articles, has published almost twice this number of books and/or chapters of books, and has edited numerous journals. His current research Includes "Slavery in Canada", "Educational Problems in the Inner City of Winnipeg", "Culture Shock Among Teachers in Isolated Native Communities", and "An Assessment of Locally Controlled Reserve Schools".
Professor Sealey remains active in many organizations. He continues as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pemmican Publishers and as Chairman of the Manitoba Metis Federation Economic Development Training Program.
Mr. Chancellor, I present to you Donald Bruce Sealey and ask that you will confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: Cecil King
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