Engagement Report & Recommendations

SFU has carried out an extensive engagement process regarding the First Peoples’ Gathering House and that process is ongoing.

The engagement process began in September 2016 through the work of the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council (ARC), in which the need for a ceremonial hall/longhouse was identified. ARC engaged a broad range of groups over a year of consultations comprising open forums and information sessions, and the committee included student representation.

The engagement process continued in 2019 to choose the site for the facility, to define the project vision and site program spaces. Thank you to all who participated; Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Kwikwetlem First Nations; the Squamish Nation Education, Employment and Training Committee and Language & Cultural Affairs, First Nations Student Association, the SFU Indigenous Student Centre and the SFU community at large.

The VISION + PROGRAM + SITE SELECTION report, by Urban Arts Architecture Inc, contains detailed information about the vision and values for the facility, engagement sessions, guiding principles, site location and programming space considerations. 

Workshops in October 2020 

Participants are attending these workshops virtually which are being facilitated by Indigenous Architect and Designer, Ouri Scott and Jake Chakasim of Urban Arts Architecture.

Ceremony + Gathering

October 1, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Program Workshop Ceremony + Gathering will be an opportunity to participate in a focussed virtual discussion on how the Great Hall space can support ceremony and gathering in a culturally appropriate manner. Pivotal to the discussion will concepts of seating, arrivial, directionality and protocol.

Informal Gathering + Support Spaces

October 6, 10:30 a.m. - noon 
Program Workshop - Informal Gathering + Support Spaces will be an opportunity to participate in a focused virtual discussion on support spaces such at the Multigenerational Lounge and server kitchen. Pivotal to the discussion will be considerations of logistics such as servicing, drop-off and how the Multigenerational Lounge can support the vision of the building.

Connecting to the Land + Pedagogy

October 9, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. 
Program Workshop Connecting to the Land + Pedagogy will focus on order to support Indigenous learners in a meaningful way, culturally relevant space needs to be provided so that SFU Faculty, Staff and Students to express their spatial teaching and learning aspirations for culturally specific study space, maker/ creation space (ways of knowing, doing and making), seminar space, with the inclusion of an Elders lounge and Visiting Indigenous Scholar space.