Indigenous Affairs

UFV's Gathering Place

On May 11, 2012, the University of the Fraser Valley celebrated the opening of a new building at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack.

The new building includes space for an Aboriginal Centre and a Gathering Place modeled after a Sto:lo longhouse. The entire wing housing these facilities was developed in consultation with the Aboriginal community.

The gathering place brings a modern touch to a traditional communal long-house design, with a sunken floor surrounded by layered bench seating, and a warm setting featuring B.C. wood. It is configured for traditional-style presentations and can hold approximately 200 people. The recessed floor resonates with a connection to mother earth.

The Gathering Place was built with special funding from the provincial government.

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UFV's coat of arms and Iyaqawtxw motto feature symbols of Stó:lō culture, local wildlife, and elements of the Fraser Valley landscape.

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