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Former Hupacasath chief named aboriginal economic development chair at UVic

Jun 08 2012

The former chief of Port Alberni's Hupacasath First Nation has been appointed national aboriginal economic development chair at the University of Victoria.

Judith Sayers, an assistant professor at UVic, will continue to teach in the faculty of law and the Gustavson School of Business.

Sayers' appointment runs until April 30, 2013. She will continue initiatives started by the inaugural chair, James Hopkins, and host a symposium in fall.

"This appointment is a great opportunity for me to explore more ways to engage aboriginal communities - particularly aboriginal youth - in entrepreneurship and economic development activities," Sayers said in a statement.

The position - funded by the province and Ottawa, B.C. Hydro, EnCana Corporation and Enbridge Incorporated - supports research, building relationships and advancing education with an aim of bettering aboriginal economic development.

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