Hay ch qa’ sii’em siye’yu mukw mustimuxw

(Thank you respected ones of this place)

Situated on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples, VIU is fortunate to host a large number of Indigenous students. VIU provides a learning environment that is accessible, relevant for all learners, celebrates success, and acknowledges history and traditions.


Gathering Place

Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement

The Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement is a team of dedicated practitioners who work to: 

  • develop community-based educational opportunities for students, such as the Indigenous Eco-Tourism Training program
  • create a sense of belonging for Indigenous students on campus through the ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Indigenous mentorship program and the Elders-in-Residence program
  • support faculty to bring Indigenous ways of knowing and being into their classrooms through the Na’tsa’maht Shqwaluwun (One Heart, One Mind) professional development series
  • and foster relationships with Indigenous nations
Learn more about the Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement