Moving towards reconciliation

SFU strives to be an institution where Indigenous students, staff and faculty flourish. With all three of our campuses located on traditional territories, we have an inherent responsibility to confront the painful lessons of our colonial history. This work requires a sustained commitment across our academic community to systemic and lasting change.

In 2016 SFU established the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council (SFU-ARC) to address recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. After much communication with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, the ARC delivered a comprehensive report, Walk This Path with Us, laying out 34 calls to action at the university.

Although much work remains to be done, with our Indigenous partners we are making meaningful progress delivering on the report’s recommendations.  We continue to indigenize our curricula, enhance Indigenous language programming, and welcome talented new Indigenous staff and faculty members.

  • We are building a First Peoples’ Gathering House
  • The SFU Library has established an Indigenous Curriculum Resource Centre
  • Our Centre for Educational Excellence is helping to indigenize the university curriculum
  • We have hired more Indigenous faculty members, and more Indigenous support staff
  • We are the first university to invest in the Raven Indigenous Impact Fund, which supports Indigenous entrepreneurs
  • We are delivering cultural awareness training to SFU community members
  • Our newly designed convocation regalia features motifs from the Squamish Nation
  • We developed the first Master of Indigenous Business and Leadership

Learn more about SFU Reconciliation