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.
Meet with an Elder
Every Monday and Thursday
from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
in the ISC
Elders work with many students, staff and faculty within the SFU community. Some of their duties might include:
- Provide grounding and support for students
- Support special events
- Supervise or support culturally-orientated courses and workshops
- Provide guidance in ceremonial activities
Meet Our Elders
Elder Syexwaliya (Ann Whonnock)
Skwxwu7mesh Uxwumixw (Squamish Nation)
As taught by her late grandparents, Syexwaliya supports families and shares cultural teachings and protocols within and outside of her community. Her passion is to see that Squamish culture, language and ceremonies continue to be the cornerstone of the Nation for future generations and the culture carried on by future generations and her snichim (language) to be used, not only by herself, but for all the families and future generations in their daily lives and ceremonies. Let's not let our Culture and Snichim die out!
Elder Margaret George
Skawahlook First Nation
Elder Margaret was born in Skawahlook First Nation and was raised in Ruby Creek by her grandparents. She attended school on her reserve and graduated from UBC. She has been involved in a variety of events and activities within the Tsleil-Waututh community, where she lives, and is very active in the broader Vancouver community area as well.
Margaret is one of the Elders in the SFU Elders Program where she enjoys working with SFU Indigenous students and the broader SFU community.