The First Nations University of Canada’s holistic approach to post-secondary education begins with the Elders, whose presence, wisdom and counsel are the mainstay not only for students but also for the University as a whole. Their knowledge of First Nations’ tradition, culture, and spirituality creates a unique support service.
Consultation with the Elders takes place in an atmosphere of trust and respect. This tradition helps restore an individual’s self-confidence and peace of mind, which in turn helps the learning process.
The Elders reinforce our respect for, and understanding of, the Creator’s role in our lives.
Each of FNUniv’s three campuses benefit from Elders from nearby communities. Each contributes to the First Nations’ holistic and cultural approach to learning at First Nations University of Canada throughout the academic year.
Elder’s Office: Cultural and Traditional Services
First Nations University of Canada offers students an opportunity to pursue post-secondary education in an environment that supports holistic learning. Each campus offers the presence of Elders. The knowledge of the Elders, in First Nations’ traditions, culture and spirituality, creates a unique support service for students. Their presence, wisdom, and traditional counsel provide a strong foundation for learning.
The Elders’ offices work closely with the academic departments to provide students with an overview of First Nations customs, traditions and teachings as they relate to the classes. The University also facilitates workshops/guest lectures on various topics such as the use of tobacco, sweatlodges, etc.
Everyone at FNUniv is invited to attend and participate in the University’s ceremonies. If you are joining for the first time and are not familiar with the practices and protocols, please take a few minutes and visit the Elders’ Office to talk with an Elder or Elder’s Helper.