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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.

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

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.

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. 

Dr. Heather Iglioliorte faces the camera and stands in front of an arbutus tree.

Indigenous creative practice resurgence

Dr. Heather Iglioliorte is the Canada Research Excellence Chair in Decolonial and Transformational Indigenous Art Practices.  

Indigenous health trailblazer Jeffrey Reading stands in a building corridor.

Indigenous health researcher named to Order of Canada

Jeff Reading blazed trails advocating for the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island. 

Rendering of the new National Centre for Indigenous Laws in a forest setting.

A home for Indigenous legal resurgence

The new National Centre for Indigenous Laws (NCIL) at UVic will be a place to share Indigenous legal traditions. It will also be home to the Faculty of Law’s JD/JID program - the first law program in the world to combine the study of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous laws. 

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. 

Young Indigenous people row a canoe in the ocean.

Honouring Songhees traditions

Governance students start program in a good way by asking for permission to live, study and work in Songhees territory. 

Highly Respected One's, Peace of Mind at Last) blanket hangs in Čeqʷəŋín ʔéʔləŋ.

Coast Salish Blanket

SIÁM SȽEȽWÁT NONET SWEꞢE,Ƚ hangs in Čeqʷəŋín ʔéʔləŋ, sharing values and teachings of the land, with acknowledgement of the First Peoples and their important teachings. 

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.