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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 and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən 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.

Associate Vice-President Indigenous

Qwul’sih’yah’maht Robina Thomas is the founding Associate Vice-President Indigenous (AVPI). The AVPI provides leadership and direction that furthers UVic's commitment to truth, respect and reconciliation as identified in our Strategic Framework and the Indigenous Plan.

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.

Indigenous economic development

Through education, training and research, the National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development (NCIED) is supporting the next generation of Indigenous business leaders. NCIED works with Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs to advance wise practices, innovation, and Indigenous economic development across the country.


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

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