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Indigenous-led scholarship

At the University of Victoria, we are learning, listening and nourishing a community in which Indigenous knowledge systems and worldviews are valued and centred throughout our scholarly and artistic practice.

We are home to eminent Indigenous scholars. They lead us and the world in Indigenous law, governance, health, language revitalization, community resurgence, art and reconciliation. Their work addresses matters of crucial importance to communities.

Indigenous Nations, communities, collectives and organizations also have established research relationships with non-Indigenous researchers on significant issues.

At the University of Victoria, we are committed to understanding the history of Indigenous people in Canada and to a future that embraces the common wisdom and teachings of Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers. 

Qwul'sih'yah'maht (Robina Thomas), VP Indigenous

Painting by Dr. Val Napoleon

Indigenous law

UVic is internationally recognized for its scholarship in the field of Indigenous Law and Indigenous Rights. We are home to the first Indigenous law program in the world and no other law school in Canada has more Indigenous tenure-track faculty. Our Indigenous Law Research Unit (ILRU) was the first dedicated research centre on Indigenous law in Canada.

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Indigenous governance

UVic's School of Indigenous Governance contributes to the resurgence of Indigenous forms of leadership. These programs support the efforts of Indigenous nations to restore their land bases and ensure respect for inherent treaty rights.

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Indigenous language revitalization

For over 45 years, UVic has been a leader in supporting local and national Indigenous language revitalization efforts. We work closely with Indigenous organizations, Elders, community-based researchers, community language experts and educators.

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Indigenous well-being

The Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) promotes Indigenous well-being. CIRCLE promotes relevant and ethical research that addresses the disparities Indigenous Peoples experience.

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Indigenous entrepreneurship

The National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development (NCIED) fosters Indigenous economic development. NCIED aims to advance Indigenous economic innovation and economic health throughout Canada.

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Open The freelance life

The freelance life

Recent Writing graduate Jenessa Joy Klukas covers child welfare, education and Indigenous issues as part of her busy freelance career.

Open HIV research and art intersect

HIV research and art intersect

HIV In My Day, a community-based oral history project that gathered the stories of HIV survivors and caregivers during the early years of BC’s HIV/AIDS epidemic, has been adapted into a play. In...

Vanier scholars and Banting fellow

From the spirituality of children, to perceptions of Indigenous disability, and decolonizing the study of language and linguistics three University of Victoria researchers are recipients of new Vanier...

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