In adopting its Strategic Plan in 2002, University of Victoria
pledged to “build on our commitment to our unique relationship
with First Nations communities.” One of the ways the university
stated it would achieve this objective was through the construction
of a First Peoples House.
A preliminary design is now ready for
the First Peoples House—a design that incorporates the suggestions,
advice and hopes heard during several consultation sessions with
First Nations leaders as well as UVic Aboriginal faculty, staff
The House aspires to be a welcoming home for Aboriginal students,
an inclusive and healing place for the local and global Indigenous
community and non-Indigenous people alike. The design and imagery
should speak to the importance of providing a safe place that
respects the territories, the ancestors and importance of preparing
communities for the future. The proposed site for
the House is a central location on campus.
This House will support the academic, emotional, spiritual and
physical needs of Indigenous students, while recognizing and honouring
the diversity of values and beliefs among Indigenous people.
After receiving follow up feedback from First Nations communities
and the campus community, the University of Victoria is now taking
the next steps on its commitment to build a First Peoples House
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