The ISC recognizes the value and importance of Elders within communities. ISC Elders are from diverse backgrounds and hold distinct traditional knowledges and offer students guidance and support.
Support for Indigenous Students
Stay connected with the ISC Elders! Elder Margaret and Elder Syexwaliya are hosting weekly virtual drop-in sessions for currently enrolled self-identified Indigenous students while we practice physical distancing. Feel free to drop-in for a casual visit and check-in with eachother! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and student number if you would like to join a scheduled virtual drop-in session.
- Mondays from 11:30am-12:30pm: Virtual check-in with Elder Syexwaliya
- Wednesdays from 11:00am-12:00pm: Virtual check-in with Elder Margaret
Elders and the SFU Community
The ISC can coordinate requests for Elder support for students, staff, and faculty from across the SFU community. Elders :
- 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.
Please keep in mind that our ISC Elders are availble to support requests virtually only at this time.
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.