Éy Swáyel, Hello Friends!
To explore Health and Wellness on the UFV campus, we must recognize the longstanding history and relationship First Nations, Indigenous, and Métis communities have with land and community. The Stó:lō First Nations are the original keepers of the land of the Fraser Valley and lower Fraser Canyon of British Columbia, as they have defined S’olk Temexw, our sacred land. UFV honours the continuous (past, present, and future) contributions that Aboriginal people have on our lands and community. This land recognition acknowledgment is an act and commitment towards decolonization and working in solidarity with Indigenous people toward truth and reconciliation. Colonialism is a current and ongoing process. Through our work, we will make salient efforts to decolonize health and wellness practices and bring awareness to the many ways of knowing.
Learn more about UFV’s commitment to Indigenization
Diversity & belonging in Student Wellness
From a statement to core principles
At Student Wellness, we believe that it's not enough to create a single statement expressing our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Acknowledging diversity, equity, and inclusion requires careful and continuous consideration. We recognize five core principles guiding the department's policies, procedures, programming, and events. The sustainability of EDI requires ongoing assessment to acknowledge and address the barriers, prejudices, and biases that hinder our ability to commit to these core principles.
As we establish a healthy Student Wellness culture, we will ask ourselves how we are reflecting on the importance of these guiding principles, committing to these guiding principles, and what changes are necessary to ensure these principles guide us.