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.
Elders and the SFU Community
Elders work with students, staff, and faculty as part of the SFU community in the following ways:
- Provide guidance, support, and mentorship to ISC students
- Guide traditional ceremonial activities
- Support special events
- Participate in interviews, guest lectures, and committees
If you would like to invite an Elder to support your event, please review the Protocol Guide and submit a request at least two weeks before the event date.
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.