Chief Terrance Paul Receives the Order of Canada


Friday June 30, 2017


Chief Terrance Paul of Membertou Receives the Order of Canada


MEMBERTOU, N.S – The Order of Canada Advisory Council has released its list of successful honourees of the 2017 Order of Canada. Membertou Chief and CEO Terrance Paul has been named to the Order of Canada as of June 30, 2017

With more than 35 million people living in Canada, only 6,000 people have received the great honour of being named a recipient of the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. It celebrates contributions which are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to our country.

For thirty-three years and seventeen consecutive terms, Chief Paul has led the community of Membertou in an upward direction toward prosperity in business development and the betterment of all community and band members.

Just one hundred years ago, the community of Kun’tewiktuk (Kings Road Reserve) was relocated to the current location of Membertou and today, a Mi’kmaw Chief is being recognized with one of the highest honours our nation offers.

“Chief Paul is a leading example of what hard work and perseverance can achieve,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “As a Mi’kmaw Chief, he has created new opportunities for indigenous people in his community of Membertou and across Nova Scotia. We commend him on his successes and congratulate him on being appointed to the Order of Canada.”

Colleagues of Chief Paul are supportive of his newly appointed honour.

“Chief Terrance Paul’s commitment, perseverance, ingenuity, and confidence in his people, have guided Membertou to become one of the most progressive, efficient and sustainable First Nation communities in the country. His leadership has also been paramount on the national stage as he advocates for Canada’s First Nations people. Chief Paul is truly a great Canadian and his lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation make him a worthy recipient of the Order of Canada,” says Joseph Shannon, friend and business associate.

Chief Paul says his work has been rewarding thus far and he is honoured to have been both nominated and successful in his new appointment to the Order of Canada.

“Through education, economics and the hard work and dedication of my community members we have been able to achieve success,” says Chief Paul.

Chief Paul adds that his work in Membertou is not finished yet, with many opportunities still to explore.

A formal ceremony will take place in Ottawa at Rideau Hall in Fall 2017 to celebrate Chief Paul’s appointment to the Order of Canada.



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