Samson Cree Nation chief recognized for community and business leadership
Chief Victor Buffalo is an accomplished entrepreneur, a respected leader, a champion of education and an advocate for the rights of Indigenous people.
After receiving his diploma in Chemical Technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1964, he began his career in the mining industry in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. He soon became involved in government, both provincially and within the Samson Cree Nation, where he went on to serve five terms as chief.
His leadership resulted in many economic, educational and community advancements for Samson Cree Nation, including major business developments, new schools and partnerships with other First Nations. In 1981, he led the development of Peace Hills Trust, Canada’s first and largest Indigenous-owned financial institution.
Chief Buffalo has received numerous honours for his remarkable business and community achievements, including being named to the Alberta Order of Excellence, and the Order of Canada. He has been inducted into Canada’s Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame, the Alberta Business Hall of Fame, and has received the Alberta Centennial Medal.
Chief Buffalo will be receiving the Medal of Excellence from MacEwan University on June 19, 2018 as part of the university's Spring Convocation ceremonies. Every year, MacEwan awards Medals of Excellence to recognize outstanding contributions and achievements by individuals from many fields and sectors—academic, social, economic, cultural, artistic and political—at the local, national or international levels.
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home.