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In pictures: Steven Point's British Columbia

A look back at the term of the first aboriginal lieutenant-governor in B.C. history

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Steven Point is turning in the gilt sword, the ostrich-plumed hat and all the rest of the trimmings of the office of lieutenant-governor of B.C. as his successor, Judith Guichon, is officially installed.

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Point gets a walk- through by protocol officer Herb LeRoy outside the B.C. Legislature on Feb. 11, 2008, shortly after his appointment.

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On April 27, 2010, Point presents to then-premier Gordon Campbell a gift of a cedar canoe that he had hand-carved with the help of first nations master carver Chief Tony Hunt.

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Point addresses the opening of the Tsawwassen First Nation Legislature in November 2010. It represented the first urban first nation government in Canada.

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Premier Christy Clark, left, is sworn in by the Lieutenant-Governor at Government House in Victoria on March 14, 2011. Clark had been elected leader of the B.C. Liberal Party in February, replacing former premier Gordon Campbell.

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Point gestures toward the province’s 35th premier after her swearing-in.

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“The native people, they’re so proud to see our own person to be recognized like this,” Point says. “They all feel they’ve been uplifted. It’s been great. It was a great thing that’s happened.”

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Point inspects the honour guard prior to delivering the Speech from the Throne at the Legislature in October 2011.

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In full regalia, Point salutes during a change-of-command ceremony for the 39 Canadian Brigade Group, Canada’s Reserve Army of British Columbia, at the Seaforth Armoury in Vancouver, B.C. in May 2012.

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Point on the pomp involved with being lieutenant-governor: “I believe tradition and customs, passed down through the generations, should be maintained. It’s important to know who we are as Canadians. But I’m a firm believer that we are what we do in our life. We are not our uniform and we are not our title.”

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Point delivers the Speech from the Throne in the B.C. Legislature on Feb. 14, 2011.

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Point on delivering the Speech from the Throne: “You are sitting there and everybody is looking at you, the TV cameras are rolling, your hands start sweating and your knees start shaking a bit. You do feel a little self-conscious.”

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Point watches Ray Harris hoist a handmade canoe that was to be sent to the U.S. government at a ceremony to celebrate the official naming of the Salish Sea in Victoria in July 2010.

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“It was just an amazing appointment for all British Columbians,” Chief Sophie Pierre said of Point’s legacy. “He brought a different kind of pizzazz to that position.”

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Point salutes graduates at Workpoint during the Raven graduation ceremony at the Naval Officer’s Training Centre in Esquimalt in August 2011.

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