Long before Canada was formed, the Stó:lō (people of the river) occupied the land on which UFV is located. They lived in the Fraser Valley and lower Fraser Canyon of British Columbia and they spoke Halq'eméylem, also known as the upriver dialect.
UFV recognizes and honours the contribution that Aboriginal people have made − and continue to make − to our community. The university supports indigenous learners and seeks to incorporate indigenous ways of knowing in the curriculum.
Nearly five percent of UFV’s student body self-identify as Aboriginal people. UFV’s Aboriginal Access Services department provides culturally appropriate delivery of services for current and prospective students, including an Elders-in-Residence program. The Senior Advisor on Indigenous Affairs provides leadership for the development of indigenous programs, the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal faculty and staff, and the development of strong links with Aboriginal communities.