September 7th, 2021

Welcome Day is the day new students get their first taste of university life. This year we invited both first and second-year students to meet their classmates, in person, for the first time. Students kicked off their school year with an eventful day of paddling in the Indian Arm, which is the backyard of SFU’s Burnaby Campus. The students got to see how much the area has to offer, while learning about the history of the land.

The group gathered at North Vancouver’s Cates Park, which has a direct view of Burnaby Mountain. Before setting off on the day’s adventure, the Takaya team gave a brief on-land padding lesson and a traditional welcome which included the Coast Salish anthem. Students and volunteers then boarded the 35’ canoes and began their paddling journey towards Belcarra Regional Park, stopping along the way to hear about the landmarks and history of the area. We then had a picnic in the park where the new students had the opportunity to get to know their peers prior to classes starting the next day.

A big thank-you to our student volunteers and Takaya Tours for the amazing paddling experience!

And good luck to the new students as they embark on their first week of university!