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Sponsor steps in to enable publication of first English-to-Chinese translation of Indigenous history book

A book about Indigenous culture and history will soon be available for Chinese readers, thanks to the financial generosity of a Canadian business person. Shandong University Press will publish the first English-to-Chinese translation of one of University of the Fraser Valley historian Keith Carlson’s books on Canadian Indigenous history and settler colonialism. When Chris Pereira, […]

Phyllis Webstad, whose story inspired Orange Shirt Day, to speak at UFV event

UFV will be commemorating Orange Shirt Day a little early this year, and presenting a special guest to provide insight and education about the generational impacts of the Indian Residential School system in Canada. Phyllis Webstad, whose personal story inspired the Orange Shirt Day movement, will speak at UFV in a Zoom meeting format on […]

Research Excellence Award 2020: Robert Harding is recognized for his extensive work

Three decades ago, in a different life, professional actor Robert Harding sat with a friend — one of New Zealand’s top Maori actors — watching a news report showing Indigenous peoples protesting Columbus Day on New York City streets.  “Pete turned to me, and said, ‘What’re the Indians so upset about, mate?’” Harding recalls. “When […]

Teacher candidates adapt to sudden switch to virtual classroom

Before schools paused for spring break on March 13, UFV Bachelor of Education student Tsandlia Van Ry was living her dream of becoming a teacher. She was posted to Vedder Elementary in Chilliwack, close to her Skowkale First Nation traditional home. Van Ry, who also holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology from UFV, had completed just […]

Anti-violence Moose Hide Gathering Feb 24

Although all people, regardless of gender identity or expression, may experience violence and abuse, Indigenous women and children are disproportionately impacted. This February, UFV will be taking a stand to prevent violence against women and children by participating in the Moose Hide Campaign. From Feb. 10-27, UFV students, staff, and faculty may learn more about […]

Historian Jean Barman to speak about Abbotsford legend Irene Kelleher — Feb 10

Governor General Award-winning author Jean Barman will present a talk about Abbotsford teacher Irene Kelleher at the University of the Fraser Valley on February 10. In her new book, Invisible Generations: Living Between Indigenous and White in the Fraser Valley (Caitlin Press), Barman explores the history of the region and the prejudice people of mixed Indigenous and […]

Sto:lo ceremony officially opens Building K

UFV’s newest building was formally opened on January 10 with a ceremony grounded in Sto:lo cultural traditions. Building K, the former Phoenix restaurant and Finnegan’s pub that UFV purchased from the Esposito family in 2018, has been transformed into a classroom and lab complex after a major renovation. A total of 10 classrooms, two drop-in […]

NSO embraces new format, welcomes students with Invocation, and adds new name

New Student Orientation embraced a new format this year, and set new records for attendance. More than 1,200 new students attended the day-long event on the Abbotsford campus. The orientation event featured UFV’s first-ever Invocation ceremony, a welcome event with a bit of pomp and circumstance, designed to mirror the look and feel of Convocation. […]

Eric Davis looks back on decade as Provost

Dr. Eric Davis arrived at UFV at an exciting time. Davis, who winds up his term as Provost this month and will return after an administrative leave as Special Advisor to the President, took some time recently to reflect on his 27 years at UFV and his decade as Provost and Vice President Academic. Davis […]

Sad news: Ken Brealey has passed away

Dr. Ken Brealey, who joined UFV as a faculty member and later served in key senior administrative roles, passed away on August 14, 2019, after a battle with cancer. Ken is survived by his wife Norma and his three step-daughters. Most recently, Ken served as acting Associate Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations within Human Resources. Prior to […]