A Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear Colleagues, I find myself reflecting often on what I continue to learn regarding the atrocities committed against Indigenous people and the horrific legacy of residential schools. The magnitude and prevalence of ongoing discoveries of unmarked graves at residential school sites in BC and across Canada has made me feel many things: shock, anger, and … Read more

Update on health measures

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear UFV colleague, As we head into the final week of September, I hope you’re enjoying being back on campus and seeing friends, students, and colleagues. It’s been wonderful and energizing to have the University come back to life with your return. I want to reassure you that UFV’s main focus and our continued priority … Read more

Welcome back to campus

Looking beyond the pandemic

Welcome to the Fall term! This is a moment so many of us have been waiting for and I am thrilled to see you all back on campus. A university truly comes alive when it’s people – its heart and soul – are able to see one another face-to-face and have the chance meetings that … Read more

Further health measures planned

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear members of the UFV Community, As the official start of the 2021 fall term approaches, UFV is committed to providing a safe return-to-campus environment as we scale up the level of on-campus activities and learning environments across all our campuses. While the pandemic has impacted all of us in a number of different ways, … Read more

Thank you

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear colleagues, As the winter 2021 semester officially ends, please accept my deep gratitude and appreciation for your dedication, ingenuity, and flexibility in completing your work under highly unusual circumstances over the past year. You have shown the true character of our university community through your commitment to our students and to each other, and … Read more

Talking About Race (with help from Ijeoma Oluo)

Looking beyond the pandemic

For the last few months, the President’s Office has been talking about race. Using Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race (2019) as our guide, we have been setting aside time to gather as a group, and to face the challenges of racism as well as the opportunities to dismantle it. Our conversations … Read more

Guest Post: Holly Janzen — There’s room for everyone

Dr. Geetanjali Gill, Assistant Professor in UFV’s Global Development Studies (GDS) program and fourth year GDS student Holly Janzen have both been selected by the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) as delegates to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) event this month. This year’s event is focused on gender-based … Read more

Guest Post: Dr. Geetanjali Gill, Putting a Lens on Marginalization and Exclusion and Advocating for Youth Engagement in Global Development

My experiences as a member of the Punjabi community in British Columbia first led me to think about gender and racial inequalities and the need to challenge prejudice and discrimination.  Frequent travels to visit extended family in India also opened my eyes to the existence of suffering and inequity on a global scale. When I … Read more

Guest Post: Kayla McBee, the Moose Hide Campaign

Kayla McBee, a member of the Lower Nicola Indian Band, is completing her Master of Social Work degree at the University of the Fraser Valley. Working with Shirley Hardman as her advisor, Kayla chose to focus on the Moose Hide Campaign for her final major paper. In this excerpt from her paper, Kayla explores the origins … Read more