Events & ceremonies

The First Peoples House hosts a number of cultural events each year.

Throughout the year we offer a number of programs and events designed to build community on campus and connections between campus and communities. During the current COVID-19 safety restrictions, all events and programming will take place via ZOOM calls. 

To learn more about our programs and events contact the IACE Events Coordinator.

IACE Newsletter 

The Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement publishes a quarterly newsletter with news about Indigenous programs, services and events. You can download the Winter 2019 and Spring 2020 editions. The IACE newsletter is now published online at

Indigenous Week of Welcome

Every September and January, IACE holds a series of events and activities to orient and support self-identified Indigenous students. The Fall 2021 Indigenous Week of Welcome will take place in September 13-17 (see details below). Learn more at UVic Orientation.

Week of Wellness

The Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement, with funding support from the Aboriginal Service Plan, sponsors a week of events to support students during what can be a particularly stressful time of the semester. The next virtual Week of Wellness will be announced soon.

Indigenous Recognition Ceremony

The Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement organizes a special Indigenous Recognition Ceremony (IRC) for Indigenous students in the spring and fall. The next IRC will be held virtually on June 18, 2021. The deadline for graduating students to register to participate is June 11, 2021. Please contact for more information..

Networking Wednesdays

During the fall 2021 and winter 2022 terms, Networking Wednesdays will take place every second Wednesday. With funding support from the Aboriginal Service Plan, IACE offers students an opportunity to connect with different UVic faculties, departments and service providers on topics such as motivation, study skills, job searches and wellness. 

For more information, please contact the .

FALL 2021

Indigenous Week of Welcome
IACE Meet and Greet
Monday, September 13
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
First Peoples House - Ceremonial Hall

Meet the staff of the Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement. Light food provided.

Indigenous Week of Welcome
Smudge Kits Giveaway
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
First Peoples House - Front Foyer

Pick up a smudge kit!

Indigenous Week of Welcome
Elders Brunch
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
First Peoples House - Ceremonial Hall

Meet the Elders who are here for you this school year! Lunch provided
Indigenous Week of Welcome
Campus Cousins Mini Paddles
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Virtual Event - Preregister by emailing your name and address to:
 Make a mini paddle with supplies sent to you.
Indigenous Week of Welcome
Bingo with the Native Student Union
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 Join us for a fun game of Bingo with prizes. Lunch provided.