February 5, 2018
UBC Faculty of Education alumnus Nathan Matthew (BPE ’72, MEd ’90) has been selected as the next chancellor of Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops. Chief of the Simpcw First Nation of Chu Chua near Barriere, Matthew will be the first Indigenous chancellor of TRU.
One of Education’s 100, Matthew received a Bachelor of Physical Education and Recreation in 1972 and a Master of Education in 1990 from the University of British Columbia. For eight years, Matthew represented the First Nations Education Council (School District 73), a consultative body he helped found. From 2008 to 2014, he served as the first executive director of Aboriginal education at Thompson Rivers University, and for 20 years, he directed a summer course on principals of First Nations education at UBC.
As a political negotiator, Matthew played a key role in the passage of the landmark Tripartite Education Framework Agreement between the federal and provincial governments. A historic agreement, it paved the way for First Nations self-government in education by guaranteeing to First Nations schools the same rights as other educational institutions. Related to this work, he served as chair of the chief’s committee on the National Education Committee for the Assembly of First Nations and advisor to the BC First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and the First Nations Schools Association (FNSA).