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Indigenous Education & Community Connections

Activities and Events

Cultural sharing connects you to traditional ways

Camosun hosts a number of events intended to enhance and celebrate Indigenous student success and encourage community development and wellness.

National Indigenous Peoples Day - June 21

Each year, IECC celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Welcome Tea and Cup Cakes - September 14 - 2 to 4pm

IECC would like to welcome new and returning students to a Welcome Tea and Cup Cakes that will have our 50th Anniversary logo on them and will be made by Cakes Etc. It will take place in Na’tsa’maht at Lansdowne and in the new Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health & Wellness at Interurban. Please come and hang out and meet and greet new and returning students.

Orange Shirt Day - September 29 - 1 to 3pm

OSD events will take place in Na’tsa’maht at Lansdowne and at Interurban in the gathering place in the new Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health & Wellness. Events will take place on September 29 as September 30 is now a national holiday.

The theme for this year’s commemoration of Orange Shirt Day is “Hearts and Hands”. We open our hearts to receive truth. We use our hands to work toward reconciliation. Eyēʔ Sqậ’lewen: the Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections is inviting you to participate in using both as we gather items for 16 “love baskets” that will be distributed, on September 30, to Indian Residential School survivors who share their knowledge, teachings, and care with the college. We are collecting items such as candles, preserves, soaps, Indigenous medicine, canned fished, poems and cards with messages of gratitude. The baskets will be packed up after the ceremonies on September 29 and will be distributed the next day. We invite you to share donated items by bringing them to the event or dropping them off to either Ewing 272 at Lansdowne campus or in a box outside of CBA 113 at Interurban campus.

IECC is also launching pins and a new t-shirt designed by Carey Newman where the proceeds will go to The Orange Shirt Society and towards a new Orange Shirt Award at the college. 

Carey Newman will attend the Interurban event and will talk about the design and campaign. Author Darrel J. McLeod will be at Lansdowne talking about the “Reveals” as he put it, of the 215 + bodies at Canadian Residential Schools. He is asking us to use the term 'reveals' as the word 'discoveries' indicated that we did not know the bodies were there.

On September 29 and 30, we encourage you to wear an orange shirt and to learn what this day means for residential school survivors and their families.



Salish Pit Cook - All day event

October 20 Interurban - Between the basketball court and the cafeteria

October 21 Lansdowne - Lawn in front of the Young building and in Na’sta’maht

Each year, bright blue star-like camas flowers spatter the Garry oak meadow. In October, IECC, in partnership with Songhees Nation, hosts a pit cook to demonstrate how the Nations of this region use a fire-pit to cook the camas bulb between layers of locally harvested plants such as sword fern, salal or skunk cabbage. The pit cook demonstrates and promotes the traditional use of the camas, helps keep the teachings, and shows the younger people the traditional ways.

The camas harvest and pit cook "is part of who we are," says Cheryl Bryce (Songhees). "It helps with reinstating traditional First Nation roles, restoring the environment and ecosystem, and connecting with ‘territories’."

Teachings from territory Elders, Cheryl Bryce of the Songhees Nation and Nicole Kilburn from the Anthropology department.

Sponsored by Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen and Aboriginal Special Project funding.

30 Year Welcome Feast - November 25

In November, students, their families, staff, faculty, college administrators and community members will come together to cook, serve and share in food and conversation. This special event is celebrating it's 30th year and we look forward to announcing special guests and speakers along with drumming and dancing. Elder Skip Dick (Songhees) says the gathering is "patterned after our way of doing things," and "there's great energy." The feast helps build strong community bonds and encourages respect, trust and collaboration. Location TBA.

Indigenous 50th Anniversary Alumni Panel - Interurban - November 26

This event will take place at Interurban campus where we will host 10-12 Indigenous Alumni from 1971-2021, two alumni from each year. Art Napoleon will be our host. We look forward to sharing more details as this event draws near. Location TBA.

Indigenous Student Awards Ceremony - December 9 - 4-6pm

IECC,  in partnership with the Camosun College Foundation, recognizes the dedication and perseverance of students in their studies and in their activities in community. Come celebrate these outstanding students on December 9, location TBA. .

  • Knowledge keeper singing
  • Roasted camas
  • Covering of leaves in pit
  • Salmon by the fire

Up-coming and Past Conferences

S’TEṈISTOLW̱ Conference

It is with regret that the Organizers of the S’TEṈISTOLW̱ Indigenous Adult & Post-Secondary Education Conference have made the difficult decision to suspend our gathering until such time that we can confidently and safely come together in person.

Stenistolw logoThe S’TEṈISTOLW̱ Indigenous Adult and Post-Secondary Education Conference will be hosted by EyēɁ Sqâ’lewen: The Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in the traditional ‘territories’ of the Lekwungen (Songhees and Esquimalt) and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. Our intent is to gather educators, administrators and staff working in Indigenous programs as well as knowledge-keepers, leaders and allies in the field of Indigenous education from adult and post-secondary institutions and communities. S’TEṈISTOLW̱ is a SENĆOŦEN term referencing the concept of ‘moving forward,’ and following on the successes of the 2017 conference, our goal is to further expand and enrich the participant experience and continue to build relationship and networks of reciprocity – to share, learn and exchange with each other.

2017 S’TEṈISTOLW̱ Conference - August 23-25

Hosted by Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen: The Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections, the 2017 S’TEṈISTOLW̱  Conference is a gathering for instructors/educators in Indigenous programs as well as leaders and allies in the field of Indigenous adult education. The goal is to build relationship and networks of reciprocity – to share, learn and exchange with each other. We are pleased to share with you video of all the keynote speakers.

S’TEṈISTOLW̱  is a SENĆOŦEN term referencing the concept of ‘moving forward’. This conference will focus on both the doing and being of Indigenous education. While they are inextricably intertwined, “doing” involves pedagogies and teaching practices. “Being” involves relationality, connections amongst educators, communities, students, cultures and lands and involves living our collective values. We proceed with the intent of Eyēʔ Sqâ’lewen (good heart, good mind, good spirit) and Na’tsa’maht, (unity and collective vision).

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Camosun College Lansdowne
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Victoria BC V8P 5J2
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4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
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