Indigenous Student Orientation

Ceremonial procession in First Peoples House

Week of Welcome for Indigenous Students

September 11 - 15, 2023

During the second week of classes, new and returning self-identifying Indigenous students are invited to participate in the Week of Welcome (WOW) hosted by the Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement (IACE) in the First Peoples House.

    • Grab & Go Breakfast provided everyday!
    • Get familiar with the First Peoples House – UVic’s Indigenous student “home away from home”
    • Meet other Indigenous students from across campus
    • Meet the Elders-in-Residence, Campus Cousins, Native Student Union members and IACE staff
    • Connect with Indigenous student supports on campus
    • Participate in Indigenous cultural programming and other fun activities

For any questions about the Week of Welcome for Indigenous Students, please contact .

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Other programs to support Indigenous students

Campus   Cousins

LE,NOṈET Campus Cousins are Indigenous upper-year undergraduate and graduate students who support community building in the First Peoples House by hosting academic, social and cultural events.

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UVic has several Elders-in-Residence that are available from September to April to guide students, staff, faculty and administration in Indigenous ways of knowing and being. 

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First Peoples House

The First Peoples House (FPH) is a social, cultural and academic centre for Indigenous students at UVic and serves as a safe and welcoming place that encourages the building of community. 

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