Indigenous support student success at UVic

LE,NOṈET (pronounced "le-nong-it") is a word that literally means "paddling a canoe in a storm and making it through the other side." In a more figurative sense, LE,NOṈET can mean "success after enduring many hardships." IACE acknowledges with gratitude and respect the late Earl Claxton Sr. (YELḰÁTŦE), SENĆOŦEN knowledge keeper of the Tsawout First Nation, and Elder John Elliott (STOLȻEȽ), of the Tsartlip First Nation, for sharing this information.

LE,NOṈET provides a series of programs designed to welcome and support Indigenous students (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) throughout their educational journey at the University of Victoria.


The LE,NOṈET Project, funded by the Canadian Millennium Foundation, supported a team of researchers and community representatives in the creation of a set of new programs and support structures for Indigenous undergraduates (2005-2009). The Final Report and an Executive Summary are available here:

  • LE,NOṈET Final Project Report (Eng / Fran)
  • LE,NOṈET Executive Summary (EngFran)

LE,NOṈET Campus Cousins

LE,NOṈET Campus Cousins are Indigenous upper-level undergraduate and graduate students who support community builiding in the First Peoples House by hosting academic events (study halls, learning communities, workshops) and social and cultural events (feasts, movie nights, game nights). Follow @campus_cousins on Instagram to stay up to date with these events. 

Campus Cousins will be in the First Peoples House Monday to Thursday from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm to support you! 

Name Faculty
Abi. T Humanities
Lyndsay. S Social Sciences
Shaunti. D Social Sciences / Humanities
K'sana. W Science
Michelle. G Human and Social Development
Aeden. P Science
Emma. A Science
Carmin. B Human and Social Development
Lee. T Science
Jason. D Computer Science
Nakoda. W Computer Science / Indigenous Studies

To apply to be a Campus Cousin, download this application and return it to the Student Engagement and Support Coordinator.

Academic Programming

Indigenous International Work Integrated Learning Exchange

In partnership with Co-operative Education and Career Services, Indigenous undergraduate students have an opportunity to complete an international co-op work placement in an Indigenous unit at a partner institution. To be eligible to apply, students must have successfully completed the Preparation Seminar (IS 310D) and a domestic co-op placement. For more information on this opportunity, please contact the

Preparation seminar

Indigenous Studies 310A (1.5 units)

* Pre-requisite for the Research Apprenticeship and Community Internship courses *

This weekly seminar will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in Indigenous communities, with Indigenous organizations, or within campus-based academic research teams through a Research Apprenticeship (320) or Community Internship (321). It includes a basic overview of historical and contemporary issues facing Indigenous peoples, and an introduction to western and Indigenous research methodologies.

If you are interested in registering for the preparation seminar, please contact the .

Graduate seminar

GS 500 (1.5 units)

This seminar will offer students an opportunity to explore important themes and issues related to Indigenous research methods and community engagement. Topics to be covered include developing Indigenous research designs, decolonizing the academy, doing research “at home,” and connecting research to projects of self-determination.

If you are interested in registering for the graduate seminar, please contact the .

Research apprenticeships

Indigenous Studies 320 (1.5 units)

Research apprentices complete 120 hours of research under the supervision of a UVic faculty member. Students must complete the IS 310 Preparation Seminar pre-requisite with a B+ (77%) or higher in order to register for this course.

Community internships

Indigenous Studies 321 (1.5 units)

Community interns complete 120 hours of work experience carried out in an Indigenous community or organization of the student's choice. Students must complete the IS 310 Preparation Seminar pre-requisite with a B+ (77%) or higher in order to register for this course.