Joseph Benjamin Marshall, L.L.B., O.N.S., a member of the Eskasoni First Nations, received the Order of Nova Scotia for his dedication to advocating and promoting the rights of the Mi’kmaq. A former Executive Director and a founding member of the Union of Nova Scotia Indians, he was also instrumental in the formation of the Mi’kmaq College Institute and the creation of the Mi’kmaq Studies program at Cape Breton University.