Indigenous Student Orientation

Ceremonial procession in First Peoples House

September 3, 2021

Join us at Indigenous Student Orientation to learn about the supports available on campus, meet fellow Indigenous students and get answers to your questions about educational, financial and cultural resources available on campus and in local communities. 

    • Make new friends while discovering important campus resources
    • Meet the Campus Cousins, current upper-year Indigenous students
    • Get help with Indigenous-specific scholarships and bursaries, paying tuition while band funded, opting opt of the health plan (if required) and other important tasks

Two different Indigenous Student Orientation programs are offered based on student type. All programs will be offered online.

Student type Event details
Undergraduate students Friday, September 3 in the afternoon (exact time TBD)
Graduate students

Friday, September 3 in the morning (exact time TBD)

 Programming will be planned so that students are able to attend both Indigenous Student Orientation and New Student Welcome/Graduate Student Orientation without conflict. 

Week of Welcome for Indigenous Students

September 13 - 17, 2021

New and returning self-identified Indigenous students are invited to participate in the Week of Welcome for Indigenous Students during the second week of classes. 

    • Get involved with Indigenous student groups
    • Meet the Elders-in-residence
    • Participate in Indigenous cultural programming
    • Learn about Indigenous student supports on campus


Indigenous Student Orientation is for all new Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students. You can register for Indigenous Student Orientation at the same time you register for your main orientation program.

Registration for all orientation programs will open in July. 

UVic Orientation and the Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement are committed to making our events as accessible and barrier-free as possible. If you have any accessibility needs in order to participate in our events, please provide details when you register and/or contact us at

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.

Learn more


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. 

Learn more

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. 

Learn more