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Indigenous events & resources

As part of UVic’s ongoing commitment to fostering respect and reconciliation, we host a number of events and resources accessible to members of the community.

Territory acknowledgement

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

Indigenous events

Many events on Indigenous topics hosted at the university are open to the wider community, including lectures, performances, film screenings and conferences.


UVic’s Indigenous Plan

UVic’s first Indigenous Plan sets ambitious goals to increase educational opportunities and success for Indigenous students. It sets targets to develop more educational, research, outreach and student programming with an Indigenous focus.

First Peoples House

The First Peoples House is a home-away-from-home for Indigenous students. It provides a safe space for learning, sharing and building a community. Acknowledging the teachings from these territories, visitors are encouraged to enter the First Peoples House with a good mind and good heart.

Office of Indigenous Academic & Community Engagement (IACE)

The Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement (IACE) leads the implementation of UVic’s Indigenous Plan and supports the success of Indigenous students by coordinating educational, financial and cultural resources on campus and in local communities.

IACE's main priority is supporting Indigenous student success. We are also responsible for managing the First Peoples House, building and supporting Indigenous partnerships, and ensuring that Indigenous content and ways of knowing are included in UVic curriculum and events.

Indigenous research

Researchers across the university work closely with Indigenous communities and organizations on projects vital to Indigenous people, families, communities and nations. We encourage research that is grounded in traditional knowledge, uses culturally appropriate methodology and addresses issues most relevant to Indigenous peoples.

Indigenous law

In 2018, UVic launched the world’s first joint Indigenous law degree. The program combines intensive study of Canadian Common Law with intensive engagement with Indigenous laws. Students graduate with a degree in Canadian Common Law (JD) and a degree in Indigenous Legal Orders (JID). The joint degree program builds upon our longstanding commitment to, and international reputation in, Indigenous law and Indigenous legal education.

Our Indigenous Law Research Unit (ILRU) is the only dedicated research centre on Indigenous law in Canada.

Indigenous language revitalization

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.


Plan now to participate in Orange Shirt Day this Sept. 30

Orange Shirt Day at UVic goes virtual this year, featuring a conversation between UVic Chancellor Shelagh Rogers and Phyllis Webstad, whose story sparked the drive to recognize Orange Shirt Day.

Royal Society of Canada elects UVic researchers

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announces four UVic researchers as new fellows and member, and also recognizes a professor emeritus for contributions in the literature of social sciences.

UVic Law to build a National Centre for Indigenous Laws

The National Centre for Indigenous Laws was made a reality at UVic with $13 million from the BC government, $9.1 million from the federal government and $5 million from the Law Foundation of BC.

National Centre for Indigenous Laws gets major funding boost

The National Centre for Indigenous Laws was made a reality at UVic with $13 million from the BC government and $5 million from the Law Foundation of BC.

More Indigenous news


See more videos from the Vital impact - Indigenous research channel on YouTube.

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