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Request an Elder

Please choose the section that applies to you.


Go to Section A

If you are staff/faculty/administration/community organization requesting an Elder and you have a budget to provide an honorarium, please fill out the information in Section A.


Go to Section B

If you are a student or community member requesting an Elder on a volunteer basis and you do not have a budget for an honorarium, please fill out Section B. We require two weeks’ notice prior to the event.

Section A: TRU Elder Requesting Form with Honorarium

An honorarium is to be provided to the Elder for each event/classroom session requested. We require two weeks' notice prior to the event.

  • Opening / welcome — $100
  • Presentation, class session — $250
  • Full-day (event, class session, etc.) — $500
  • Workshops / conference / symposium / keynote — negotiable

For external organizations, please contact Indigenous Education office directly.


Contact: Office of Indigenous Education, 250-828-5227 or


If event has been cancelled or changed, please contact Office of Indigenous Education at

Upon confirmation from Indigenous Education of the Elder who will attend this event and receipt of the necessary details, please fill out the honorarium form.

Section B: TRU Elder Requesting Form as a Volunteer (Student Request)

Please note:


Volunteer basis means no payment required. However, a small gift in-kind is appreciated. Small gifts can include coffee, tea, beverage, home-made small gifts, thank-you card, and other small gifts.


Traditionally a sage pouch is given to Thompson Rivers University Elders. They are given the sage pouch just before they speak. If you do not have a sage pouch, you can receive one to gift to the Elder by contacting the Office of Indigenous Education ( or 250-828-5227).

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