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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Elder May Sam

Indigenous International Co-op Opportunities

Elder May Sam offers words of encouragement to Cristal Walters (Kamilaroi), the first incoming Indigenous exchange student in a new partnership between UVic and the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle in Australia.

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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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Dr. Victor Underwood receiving his honorary doctorate.

Honouring our Elders

IACE Updates

The First Peoples House is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with a daily lunch closure between 12 and 1 pm.

The student lounge, computer room and shared lunchroom are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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 an in-person or Zoom/phone appointment at or 250-853-3730. 

Thank you. 

What we do

Don't forget to check out the student section of our website to learn about the services provided to all UVic students. IACE's primary responsibility is supporting Indigenous students, but the office has also taken on many other roles. Current roles include: 

  • 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.