Chief Billy Diamond was awarded an honourary doctor of laws degree by Carleton University at theinstitution’s 109th convocation on Nov. 16.

The honourary doctorate is added to the long list of Billy Diamond’s other accomplishments.

Named a Chevalier of the Ordre Nationale du Quebec in 1985, he was honoured with an AboriginalAchievement Award in the field of business and commerce last winter.

He is a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Council on Native Business and of theBank of Montreal’s advisory group.

Diamond was born on a trapline near Waskaganish on May 17, 1949. First elected as chief ofWaskaganish in 1970 at the age of 21, he is a founding member of the Grand Council of the Creesand was instrumental in negotiating the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, Canada’s firstmodern treaty.