Celebrating BC's local indigenous cultures is important to us!
One of FCAT's strategic priorities includes identifying and attracting the most talented applicants from all of Canada’s communities – indigenous and non-indigenous, and we will strive to ensure that financial considerations are not a deterrent to enrollment. Below are examples of how FCAT is currently engaging with local BC indigenous communities.
Hile'kw: FCAT Welcome Event 2016
FCAT held its first inaugural welcome event, Hile'kw, on September 9th 2016 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster. The event brought together first year students from across FCAT to kick-start their year with a cultural celebration.
The event introduced students to a respectful and conscientious celebration of indigenous peoples and their arts via an array of hands-on workshops that showcased the knowledge, strength, and diversity of indigenous peoples living, working, and thriving on unceeded Coast Salish territories. The event served as an opportunity for first year students to network, as well as engage with local indigenous communities, culture, art and experiences.
In the Spring and Summer of 2016, FCAT visited Moricetown, Lillooet, and Campbell River to consult with indigenous communities and school districts about the FCAT Futures initiative.
FCAT Futures is a collaboration between youth and their communities, and artists, designers and scholars who work at SFU. The project is designed to improve how the university identifies and develops the next generation of talented students.
Our community consultations explored how youth can be encouraged to become designers, coders, writers, filmmakers, artists, technologists, publishers and other skilled professionals in BC’s thriving culture and information industries. We’ve considered the kind of support our youth need to be successful at SFU, and are committed to developing a network of mentors, teachers, artists and peer educators to support students once they come to university.