The University of Victoria Students’ Society acknowledges with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples, who are the historical and ongoing caretakers of this land.
On National Indigenous Peoples Day, we want to recognize the effects of colonization and associated attitudes, policies and institutions that excluded Indigenous people from higher education for so long.
We celebrate the Native Students Union (NSU), which supports Indigenous students, builds community, and actively works to dismantle colonialism and racism. We celebrate the increasing number of Indigenous students on our campus, and welcome their involvement in the UVSS. A dedicated NSU representative on the UVSS Board of Directors provides much-needed perspectives and scrutiny. This year, we are thrilled to welcome Jenna as the NSU Firekeeper.
Social distancing further marginalizes Indigenous communities. Violence and brutality at the hands of police and others threaten the lives of Indigenous and, Black folks and, People of Colour like Chantel Moore, Rodney Levi and many others.
June is National Indigenous History Month. This is an opportunity to share resources, raise awareness, and support our community through acts of decolonization. We celebrate Indigenous resilience and cultures.
As a student Board, we are proud to share a list of books, podcasts, documentaries, and films provided by NSU, and we urge you to seek out your own resources.
The Coordinator of NSU, Peter Underwood, is available by email at email@example.com, or you can check out their website at www.uvicnsu.ca.
With care and respect,
The 2020-2021 UVSS Lead Directors.