Long before Canada was formed, the Stó:lō (people of the river) occupied the land on which UFV is located. They lived in the Fraser Valley and lower Fraser Canyon of British Columbia and they spoke Halq'eméylem, also known as the upriver dialect.
UFV recognizes and honours the contribution that Aboriginal people have made — and continue to make — to our community. UFV supports Indigenous learners and seeks to incorporate indigenous ways of knowing in the curriculum.
Learn more about Stó:lō territory by watching Beautiful Land of the River.
Ey Swayel Si:yam Siya:ye.
The Indigenous Affairs Office was established in the Summer of 2009 in response to the recommendations of the Aboriginal Community Council and UFV's Indigenization plan.
The Office reports to the Vice Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic and is the primary point of contact in the development of a Department of Indigenous Affairs at UFV.
The senior advisor on Indigenous Affairs advises and works with senior management and faculty on the:
- Development of Indigenous programs
- Recruitment and retention of Aboriginal faculty and staff
- Recruitment and retention of Aboriginal learners
- Development of strong linkages and relationships with Aboriginal communities
Ey Si:yam Hoych'ka Si:yam