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Nəc̓ əmaat kʷəns čeʔi | ĆȺNEUEL OL

A colour composite in the form of triangles representing Indigenous symbolism, language, Elder and nature.

Work together

This teaching reminds us of the strengths we find in working collectively, relationally and by consensus. We hold ourselves accountable to each other and by the work ahead, respecting and supporting the different ways we come together.

Qwul’sih’yah’maht Robina Thomas stands in front of First Peoples House at UVic.

Co-create with us

The Office of the Vice-President Indigenous was gifted a name, Etalew̓txʷ | ÁTOL ÁUTW, by J,SINTEN, Dr. John Elliott, which means the centre of respect for the rights of one another and all beings.   

a carving of a frog

Explore programs

Wherever you’re from, you’ll soon feel at home at UVic. Choose from more than 100 undergraduate academic programs and 120 graduate programs.

close up of cedar branches

Territory acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees and Esquimalt) Peoples on whose territory the university stands, and the Lək̓ʷəŋən and WSÁNEĆ Peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Remembering, listening & respecting

National Indigenous Languages Day: March 31
A woman with dark hair holds out her hands while teaching Cree language.

Indigenous languages hold a wealth of knowledge and unique expression, including traditions and ceremony. Each language carries a whole history, relationship to the land and distinct ways of thinking.

Red Dress Day: May 5
Artwork "Missing You My Sister" courtesy of artist Lou-ann Neel

On this national day of awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit people, we wear red to honour our mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, aunts, siblings and diversely gendered relatives.

National Indigenous History Month / Peoples Day: June 21
Up close shot of hands working on a drum weave.

June is a time for all Canadians—Indigenous, non-Indigenous and newcomers—to reflect upon and learn the history, sacrifices, cultures, contributions and strength of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. 

Orange Shirt Day: September 29
Indigenous artwork of heart with children's hands on an orange background

Orange Shirt Day is an annual movement in Canada. Indigenous and non-Indigenous people come together in the spirit of hope and reconciliation to honour former residential school students, their families and communities.