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Thompson Rivers University


DeDe DeRose is the fourth chancellor to be appointed to Thompson Rivers University. She is a prominent advocate for Indigenous education who has a history of significant contributions to Indigenous student success.

DeDe DeRose

DeRose's distinguished career includes her tenure as B.C.'s first superintendent of Aboriginal Achievement and her role as an educator and principal within KamloopsThompson School District 73. Her advocacy for the inclusion of Indigenous languages, history, and culture in the curriculum has been instrumental in fostering a more inclusive and comprehensive educational environment.

Her commitment to education extends beyond her professional roles. She has been an influential member of various boards and committees, including the UBC President’s Advisory Board for Indigenous People and the Verna J. Kirkness Foundation. Her work has consistently aimed at improving educational outcomes for Indigenous students and enhancing community involvement in education.

Among her many accolades, DeRose has been recognized for her contributions to education with awards such as the inaugural Teacher Educator Award from the Association of BC Deans of Education. Her appointment as TRU's new chancellor is a testament to her impactful career and her vision for a future where education is accessible and inclusive for all.

Born in Williams Lake to a Secwépemc family, DeRose is a member of the Esk’etemc First Nation. Her Secwépemc name is Tse7ekw te Spi7uw (Sunrise Golden Eagle), which means Divine Spirit giving warmth, light and life.

DeRose’s appointment took effect March 1, 2024. She will be formally installed at a ceremony on April 23, 2024.

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