Faculty and Staff
SFU receives accolades for its First Nations witnessing ceremony
By Justin Wong
SFU’s Ceremonies and Events won the 2018 Prix D’Excellence silver award in the Best Special Event category for its reconciliation witnessing ceremony last fall.
The event was organized by the Ceremonies and Events team together with the Office for Aboriginal Peoples (OAP), in collaboration with various stakeholders, which included both Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members.
At this special event, the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council (SFU-ARC) presented its calls to action for reconciliation to SFU president Andrew Petter. The traditional Coast Salish witnessing ceremony, Kwis Ns7eyx̱to, celebrated and honoured the work that went into the council’s final report, summoning the university to commence action in four key areas.
The Prix D’Excellence is an annual awards program of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE). The program recognizes outstanding achievements in alumni affairs, public affairs, communications, marketing, development, advancement services, stewardship, student recruitment and overall institutional advancement.
The success of the event was thanks to this collaborative effort between Ceremonies and Events and the Office for Aboriginal Peoples (OAP). In the report prepared by the CCAE judges, it said they had awarded this honour to Ceremony and Events in recognition of the university’s in-depth consultation process with both internal and external stakeholders.
The judges felt the time invested in this process helped create a meaningful event that served the goals of the event well. In addition, they felt that while the strategy of having an open event (without registration) was a bit risky, it was effective in driving attendance.
If you are interested in learning more about the event please read our story here.