Office of Indigenous Academic & Community Engagement

First Peoples House at night

First Peoples House

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

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Indigenous Recognition Ceremony

Indigenous Recognition Ceremony

IACE organizes a special Indigenous Recognition Ceremony (IRC) for Indigenous students in the spring and fall. The next IRC is planned for June 2023.

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Victoria Underwood drummed into ceremony

Honouring our Elders

Respected Elder "Old One" Victor Underwood from Tsawout First Nation receives his Honorary Doctorate in the Ceremonial Hall.

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Australian students being welcomed at the FPH

Welcoming exchange students

Indigenous International WIL Exchange Welcome Ceremony for the arrival of two incoming Aboriginal students from Macquarie University in Australia.

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IACE Updates

We're hiring! 

Cultural Protocol Liaison - deadline extended. Apply by February 5 @ 4:00PM

HOURS OF OPERATION: *Closed for lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm*
Monday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 

This includes: IACE, student lounge, computer room, shared lunch room.

If you would like to meet with an IACE staff member at the First Peoples House, you can come by and talk to the IACE receptionist in Room 140 or call or email the staff member ahead to make appointment at or 250-853-3730. 

IACE's primary responsibility is supporting Indigenous students, but the office has also taken on many other roles, such as:

  • Managing the First Peoples House
  • Building and supporting Indigenous partnerships
  • Ensuring that Indigenous content and ways of knowing are included in UVic curriculum and events

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day

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