Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Territory Acknowledgment

Traditional Secwepemc (Shuswap) Territory

Thompson Rivers and Williams Lake campuses are both situated on the traditional and unceded Secwepemc (Shuswap) territory.

We acknowledge and give honour to the Secwepemc—the ancestral peoples who have lived here for thousands of years—upon whose traditional and unceded land Thompson Rivers University is located. The Secwepemc maintain a spiritual and practical relationship to the land, water, air, animals, plants and all things needed for life on Mother Earth. It is with that in mind that we owe this debt of gratitude.

There are approximately 7000 Secwepemc people in the territory which spans 180,000 sq km through the interior plateau of south central British Columbia. The mountain ranges, grasslands and river valleys surrounding the Fraser, and North and South Thompson rivers create the boundaries of the territory.

TRU is one of the largest Aboriginal student populations in B.C. post-secondary institutions with 2849 students (11%) of the student population, representing 16 First Nation and Aboriginal peoples enrolled in new, continuing, open learning and trades programs.

In addition to Secwepemc students, Aboriginal students at TRU come from several B.C. Nations, including the Carrier, Okanagan, Nuxalk, and Nlaka'pamux, as well as students of Métis and Inuit ancestry.