Honorary Members


Dr. Don Robertson Photo

AERF 2021 Honorary Member

The Late Dr. Don Robertson

Research Forum Planning Committee Member, Planning Co-Chair

Donald Alexander Robertson was a member of Norway House Cree Nation. Don dedicated his life to the improvement of education for First Nations and Metis peoples of Manitoba. Don worked for the advancement of education at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. Don helped establish the Brandon University Northern Teacher Education Project (BUNTEP). He was the Dean of Aboriginal Education at Red River Community College. He served as the director of education for the Island Lake Tribal Council. As Chair of the Council on Post-Secondary Education (COPSE), he played a role in the improvement of Manitoba's post-secondary institutions. Don provided leadership and guidance in the establishment of the University College of the North (UCN). Through his career, he received many awards for his leadership, including a Doctor of Education (honoris causa) from Brandon University in 1992, the Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, and the Order of Manitoba in 2004.