Building Reconciliation Forum

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About the forum

The theme of the 2018 forum was Ts'its'u' watul tseep, meaning to help one another. This is a lesson that universities must take to heart so that we collaborate rather than compete.

About the forum
Woman opening the doors of UVic's First Peoples House

2018 Final report

More than 200 participants gathered for the 2018 forum to help one another answer the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action specific to postsecondary education. 

Download the final report
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UVic's Indigenous focus

The Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement supports the success of UVic's Indigenous students. This is one of many Indigenous-focused initiatives at UVic.

UVic's Indigenous focus

Working together to advance reconciliation

Nəċəʔ māt gwens čey’i (Lekwungen)

  "Working together" spoken in Lekwungen


  "Working together" spoken in SENĆOŦEN

The 2018 Building Reconciliation Forum was hosted at the University of Victoria on November 15-16.

This year's theme was Ts’its’u’ watul tseep (HUL'Q'UMI'NUM' language), meaning to help one another. This is a lesson that universities must take to heart in order to answer the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

The teachings of Coast Salish First Nations guide us to “work together in a good way” and “to be prepared for all work to come” so that universities across Canada make a difference in the lives of Indigenous students and their communities.

In this video, some of the 2018 Forum participants talk about their goals and objectives, why the Forum matters, and how to move forward together. It was made by UVic, in partnership with Universities Canada.
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UVic acknowledges with respect…

We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

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