Skip to main content
Arts + Social Sciences › International Studies
SFU Student

Indigenous Event Photo
Each year, hundreds of students and faculty members attend SFU Indigenous Day – an opportunity for all of SFU to share in the rich diversities of Indigenous culture and knowledge.

On September 28th, the First Nations Student Association (FNSA), hosted the third annual SFU Indigenous Days. A celebration of Indigenous teachings, the one-day event brought together First Nation performers and artists from across Canada to share their knowledge and culture with the SFU community. The day began with a traditional hand drum song by Tlakwasikan Khelsilem (Dustin Rivers) followed by opening prayers with elders Michael Harris and Jim White; and acknowledgment of the events presence on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Indigenous Event Photo

Reflecting the rich diversity of Indigenous culture, students and faculty were treated to a full-day of performances. Headliners included the internationally renowned Git Hayetsk: People of the Copper Shield, powerhouse vocalist Fara Palmer, award-winning jazz musician, Murray Porter and an interactive Sla-Hal (traditional bone-gambling) demonstration, hosted by Ben Gonzalez and students of the Sk̲wx̱wú7mesh sníchim (Squamish Language) program. As well, more than 20 local artisans showcased beadwork, carvings, moccasins, Pow Wow regalia, jewelry and traditional Coast Salish medicines and teas.

Throughout the day, employers connected with students to speak one-on-one about career opportunities in the federal and provincial government, private and non-profit sectors. Representatives included:

Each year, hundreds of students and faculty members attend SFU Indigenous Day – an opportunity for all of SFU to share in the rich diversities of Indigenous culture and knowledge. The First Nation Students Association would like to thank MC Ian Bee, Big Plume Big Sound, Cedar House Catering, the Four Fires Society, Sandy Scofield, Derrick Whiteskycloud, Kat Norris, DJ Mukluk, PD Chalifoux, the Indigenous Student Centre, and the Office for Aboriginal Peoples. As well as added support from the elders, volunteers, vendors, and artists who make this annual event possible. The FNSA requests that those interested in attending next year’s event please save the date: Wednesday September 28, 2017. 

Indigenous Event Photo

For more photos of SFU Indigenous Day 2016, take a look at the event post on SFU News.

SFU Student
visibility  150
Dec 7, 2016

You Might Like These... Indigenous, Professional Associations, Career Exploration, Community Engagement

Fraser health banner
Fraser Health Focuses On Increasing Aboriginal Employee Base

Join our organization to help narrow the health gap between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal patients and residents by providing a better cultural fit within Fraser Health. 

Picture of the mountains and rivers
A Beginning

Marilyn Brennan shares her experiences and adventures while working on a Co-op term for Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Department (TARR) at Fort St. John. In Part 1 - A Beginning, Marilyn reflects the challenges arriving in a new city to begin her Co-op term.

Trees near a river
Adventures

Marilyn Brennan shares her experiences and adventures while working on a Co-op term for Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Department (TARR) at Fort St. John. In Part 2 - Adventures, Marilyn shares with us her first work-related road trip to Doig River First Nation.

You Might Like These... Indigenous Community Stories

Canada Flag
To Vote Or Not To Vote: Three Debates

I love thoughtful and passionate debate. Especially about things that are important to me and those around me. I consider myself a Canadian citizen and because of that, I practice my right to vote. I posed the question of the Indigenous vote and was met with several interesting and thought-provoking debates regarding the subject.

picture of aboriginal shoes
Our History is Your History

June is Aboriginal History month. It is an opportunity to share, not only the troubling reality behind the Aboriginal/Canadian relationship, but to understand the impactful and important contributions to Canadian society by the Indigenous cultures of this country.

Picture of Marianne
Major Grant Helps Preserve First Nations Languages

Of Canada’s 60 First Nations languages, 30 are found only in B.C.  According to Marianne Ignane, director of SFU’s FNLC, these languages are in a state of decline, which is why she has made it her life’s work to find ways of preserving and teaching these languages.