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Preserving language, embedding culture — Donors support Indigenous initiatives at UFV

For too many decades, forces of colonization actively worked to deny young Indigenous people access to their own language. And language is critical to culture.  Reconciliation with Stó:lō people is a significant priority for UFV, and a diverse group of donors have played a role in funding the preservation of Halq’eméylem language, and supporting Indigenization […]

New Indigenous film course aims to dispel stereotypes and uncover layers

At a UFV Indigenous Studies faculty meeting in early 2022, an idea and opportunity for collaboration for an inclusive new course originated organically. Dr. Mique’l Dangeli and Dr. Keziah Wallis, both relatively new faculty members at UFV, immediately bonded over their shared passion for Indigenous cinema while simultaneously appreciating each other’s unique career backgrounds: Dangeli, the […]

Vision & values lead to new Campus Card with Indigenous designs

Receiving and using an employee card is generally a standard, non-glamorous formality for new hires in any company or organization. The card’s functions are transactional, typically used to access buildings, take out library books, and perform other routine tasks. But for many, an employee card can also represent a sense of identity, belonging, and a […]

Honorary degree 2022: Shirley Turcotte built on her trauma experience to create psychotherapy tools for Indigenous communities

In April, when UFV presented Shirley Turcotte the opportunity to be a UFV honorary degree award recipient, she accepted. But she did so somewhat reluctantly. It is not that the renowned Métis knowledge-carrier and registered clinical counsellor is not honoured. Or that she has anything against UFV. Simply put, Turcotte hates attention. “When I first […]

UFV student residence is now Lá:lem te Baker

UFV announced a reimagined name for its student residence on March 23 at a celebration held in the new Indigenous garden on the Abbotsford campus. Baker House, which opened in 2007, will now be known as Lá:lem te Baker, appending the Halq’emeylem language word for house to the Baker name. Kyle Baillie, UFV’s Executive Director […]

Local locks sheared in support of Indigenous language scholarship

We’ve all heard of COVID hair. A certain segment of the population saw the pandemic as an opportunity to unleash their 1980s hair-band or 1970s prog-rock look as people worked from home and were reluctant to venture out to the hairdresser or barber shop. Now as people gradually return to the office, some come with […]

UFV statement on 751 unmarked graves identified in Saskatchewan

Trigger Warning: //past trauma, death, residential school experience//  The magnitude of Canada’s genocide against Indigenous peoples has been tragically revealed once again with today’s announcement of 751 unmarked graves on the former residential school grounds of the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan. This ongoing dark legacy of abuse and multi-generational trauma continues to heavily impact […]