Office of Indigenous Academic & Community Engagement

Rededicating Charles Elliott's logo

Introducing IACE

Qwul' sih' yah' maht (Dr. Robina Thomas), the first Executive Director of the Office of Indigenous Academic & Community Engagement (IACE), holds a drum bearing the office's logo as the artist, TEMOSEṈ-THUT, describes it.

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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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Skip Dick being robed at convocation

Honoring our Elders

Songhees Elder Skip Dick received an honorary degree at the November 2015 Convocation, recognizing his work as a community, education and youth sports leader. Skip is a founding member of the Elders' Voices program.

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Australian students being welcomed at the FPH

Welcoming exchange students

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IACE Updates

IACE is currrently hiring a Work Study position for an Indigenous Student Communications Assistant. Apply today

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 iaceservices@uvic.ca 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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