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.

To learn more about our programs and events contact the or see the IACE events calendar.

Indigenous Week of Welcome

Every September and January, IACE holds a series of events and activities to orient and support self-identified Indigenous students. Enjoy a delicious welcome feast, meet and greet the Elders-in-Residence, check out open houses and hear from faculty and student panels. Learn more at UVic Orientation.

Week of Wellness

Each November and February, 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. Please check back in Fall 2017 for more information about events and opportunities.

Indigenous Recognition Ceremony

In June and November of each year, the Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement organizes a special Indigenous Recogntion Ceremony (IRC) for graduating Indigenous students. To register for the Fall 2019 Indigenous Recognition Ceremony here:

Talking circles

Talking circles at IACE resulted from Indigenous students expressing a need to get together and share experiences with one another. They have proven to be a vital building block in the foundation of support for Indigenous students at UVic.

An Elder or an Indigenous Counsellor leads each talking circle in the First Peoples House. Talking circles offer students the chance to take part in open, honest dialogues about their experiences in the post-secondary environment and receive feedback from an Elder, and Indigenous Counsellor and their peers.

In the Fall 2016 semester, Talking Circles take place on Thursdays from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Elders Lounge.

Noon Networking

Every Wednesday from 11:30-1:00, with funding support from the Aboriginal Service Plan, the Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement organizes Noon Networking lunch events in the First Peoples House. Students can connect with a range of faculties, departments and service providers on campus to help them stay motivated, improve their study skills and cope with the pressures of university life.

For more information, please contact the .

Fall 2018
Date Host / Event
September 12 Elders' Brunch
September 19 Campus Cousins
September 26 HSD Indigenous Student Support Centre
October 3 LE,NOṈET Honouring Ceremony
October 10 Faculty of Science
October 17 Faculty of Social Sciences
October 24 Academic Advising
October 31 Campus Cousins Halloween
November 7 Indigenous Education
November 14 No Lunch (Reading Break)
November 21 Week of Wellness
November 28 Faculty of Business
December 5 End of Term Bingo Celebration
Spring 2019
Date Host / Event
January 9 Week of Welcome
January 16 TBC
January 23 Office of Student Life
January 30 Tri-Faculties
February 6 Indigenous Education
February 13 Campus Cousins Crafts and Breakfast
February 20 No Lunch (Reading Break)
February 27 TBC
March 6 Indigenous Co-op Career Fair
March 13 Week of Wellness
March 20 TBC
March 27 TBC
April 3 End of Term Bingo Celebration