Point served as an elected chief of the Skowkale First Nation in Chilliwack, B.C. at the age of 23. He completed a law degree and worked for the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. In 1991, Point became director of the First Nations Legal Studies program at the UBC Faculty of Law. From 1994 to 1999, he was tribal chair of the Stó:lō Nation and grand chief of the Stó:lō Tribal Council. He was appointed a provincial court judge in 1999. In 2005, Point was appointed chief commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission. He was named the province’s 28th lieutenant governor in 2007. In that role, he took a special interest in inspiring young people to pursue their aspirations. In 2014, he was reappointed provincial court judge, a role he holds to this day. Point has an outstanding record of service to the people of British Columbia. He has advocated for First Nations people throughout his career, pressing for greater recognition of their contributions and their broader involvement in all aspects of life in B.C. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and the Order of British Columbia. In 2000, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the Fraser Valley and in 2016, he received the Order of Chilliwack.
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Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.