The Elders Program

The Elders in the ISC have a unique position at SFU that offers a variety of support to students. This program recognizes the value and importance of Elders in the Indigenous and university communities. 

Students may choose to receive support and guidance from Elders, who are from diverse backgrounds and hold distinct traditional knowledge. 

Students are welcome to have lunch and visit with Elders during regularly scheduled Elder luncheons and special events. 

Elder Requests

Elders work with many students, staff and faculty within the SFU community. Some of their duties might include:

  1. Provide grounding and support for students
  2. Mentorship
  3. Support special events
  4. Supervise or support culturally-orientated courses and workshops
  5. Provide guidance in ceremonial activities

Submit an Elder request. 

Meet with an Elder

Every Monday and Thursday
from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
in the ISC 

Meet Our Elders

Elder Stelómethet (Ethel) is Stó:lō, and a member of the Skwah First Nation in the Fraser Valley. 

She has supported Indigenous students in post-secondary education at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and welcomes the opportunity to meet with students to share our respective cultural, scholarly and life experiences.

Elder Margaret was born in Skawahlook First Nation and was raised in Ruby Creek by her grandparents.

As one of the Elders in the program, Margaret welcomes all students to share some time with her and hopes to provide guidance for them.