Indigenous Student Orientation

Ceremonial procession in First Peoples House

August 29 or 30, 2019

Welcoming all self-identified Indigenous students! Join us at Indigenous Student Orientation to learn about the supports available on campus, meet fellow Indigenous students and get answers to common questions. 

    • Make new friends while discovering important campus resources
    • Meet the Campus Cousins, current upper-year Indigenous students
    • Complete important logistical tasks, such as getting your ONECard
    • 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

Three different Indigenous Student Orientation programs are offered based on student type. 

Student type Event details Location
Graduate students

Thursday, August 29, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Ceremonial Hall, First Peoples House

Undergraduate transfer & mature students

Thursday, August 29, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Ceremonial Hall, First Peoples House

Undergraduate first-year students

Friday, August 30, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Ceremonial Hall, First Peoples House

 


Residence Meet-up for Indigenous Students

Self-identified Indigenous students who are living in residence are also invited to participate in a Residence Meet-up on Friday, August 30, 2019 to meet other Indigenous students who are also living in residence. The Residence Meet-up will take place from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.


Week of Welcome for Indigenous Students

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. 

    • Explore the First Peoples House, a home-away-from-home for Indigenous students
    • Get involved with Indigenous student groups
    • Meet the Elders-in-residence
    • Participate in Indigenous cultural programming
    • Learn about Indigenous student supports on campus
Date Time Event Location
Monday, September 9 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. IACE Brunch Meet & Greet FPH Ceremonial Hall
Tuesday, September 10 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Elders Brunch FPH Ceremonial Hall
Wednesday, September 11 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Light Breakfast FPH Ceremonial Hall
Wednesday, September 11 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. NSU Lunch, Button Making & Crafting FPH Ceremonial
Thursday, September 12 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Breakfast FPH Ceremonial Hall
Thursday, September 12 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wellness Fair and Lunch FPH Ceremonial Hall
Thursday, September 12 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Co-op Info Session FPH Ceremonial Hall
Friday, September 13 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 a.m. Breakfast FPH Ceremonial Hall
Friday, September 13 11:00 - 1:00 p.m. NSU Plant Walk Meet in FPH Ceremonial Hall

Registration

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.

Online registration for Indigenous Student Orientation is now closed. Late registration will take place at the beginning of the event each day.

Indigenous students who are participating in Indigenous Student Orientation and will be living in residence may be eligible to move in as early as August 28, 2019. Applications for early move-in will be available on the Residence Services website in mid-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 orientation@uvic.ca.


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

Elders-in-Residence

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