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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

Working together is part of our laws and philosophies; it's one of the four teachings that keep us grounded and guide what we do and how we do it.

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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.

The ‘Highly Respected One's, Peace of Mind at Last’ Coast Salish Woven Blanket SIÁM SȽEȽWÁȽ NONET SWEꞢE,Ƚ.

Helping to move each other forward

Grounded in sq̓él iʔsnəpənəq | TŦE SḴÁLS I, TŦE Ś X̱ENÁṈS | the laws and philosophies, UVic and the four teachings are connected like the warp and weft of weaving. 

An Indigenous man turns to the camera and smiles during a field school trip to Cordova Bay.

Remember our ancestors and birthright

Centred in W̱SÁNEĆ oral history and local knowledge of the ancient ȾEL¸IȽĆE village site, the UVic-Tsawout Archaeological Field School explores the spatial and temporal depth of Indigenous history in the area.

Onowa McIvor, Professor in Indigenous Education.

Working together for language revitalization

"Everything that's been built at UVic has been because of and with Indigenous community partners."

—Onowa McIvor, Professor in Indigenous Education

Two young Inuit women in lifejackets stand on a boat with the sea in the background.

Inuit youth climate action summit

Inuit youth leaders from Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories chose UVic to discuss how Indigenous traditions can address climate change and empower youth voices. 

Associate University Librarian – Reconciliation Ry Moran sits in a chair in a recording studio.

Bring in your good heart and mind

Taapwaywin: Talking about what we know and what we believe harnesses the power of podcasting to share Indigenous perspectives and hard truths about vital knowledge beyond the classroom.

SSHRC Balance Co-Lab research partners Matt Murphy (Gustavson School of Business, UVic) and Chief Gordon Planes.

Be prepared for the work to come

A UVic-based research team is collaborating with Indigenous communities to develop a sustainability model that uses economic, environmental, cultural and community dimensions to assess development proposals on their lands. 

Co-create with us

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

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.

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, some of which emphasize Indigenous languages and cultures, health and social welfare, and governance and leadership.

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. Each language carries and represents a whole history, relationship to the land and distinct ways of thinking. They hold unique knowledge about living in the world, including traditions and ceremony.

For over 45 years, UVic has been a leader in supporting local and national Indigenous language revitalization efforts.

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.

At UVic, we work to create safe spaces through valuing Indigenous women and 2SQ people in everyday encounters, as well as supporting policies, Indigenous laws and the connection to language and culture.

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. 

At UVic, we are taking steps to work together with Indigenous communities on this journey of decolonization, honouring their self-determination.

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. 

UVic pledges to uphold ʔetal nəwəl | ÁTOL,NEUEL | respecting the rights of one another and being in right relationships with all things.