Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Indigenous TRU

Weyt-k! Welcome to TRU

At TRU you will find small classes, personal attention and practical learning experiences in every program — all on a beautiful campus in the Secwepemc territory of Kamloops, BC. We create an environment that encourages you to succeed by developing a network of supports and friendships — covering your social, personal and academic experiences. Please join us!

Paul Michel

Paul Michel
Executive Director
Office of Aboriginal Affairs

Jessy's Story

Even as a child, Jessy Dame knew his future would be tied to health care. With a nursing degree at TRU at hand, this young Métis student is well on his way to fulfilling his calling — but beyond clinic and classroom, Jessy’s time at TRU has also nourished his Indigensous roots, expanded his understanding of the planet and strengthened his capacity to create positive change.



Stories

Art, poetry and other acts of self-preservation

Tristen Wybou and Tess Gagnon met by chance and collaborated on an impactful piece that speaks to their experiences as Indigenous women.

photo of Tina Matthew

Tsucwmins-t (we greet you), Tina Matthew

Tina Matthew of Simpcw First Nation joined Aboriginal Education in March 2018 and is eager to support Indigenous students.

Dr. Marianne Sadar

Six outstanding leaders celebrated with honorary degrees

Innovative leaders in science, tourism, social work, nursing, theatre and law will address the graduates at Convocation this June.




Traditional Secwepemc (Shuswap) Territory

Kamloops 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.

Number of TRU Indigenous students

There are approximately 7,000 Secwepemc people in the territory, which spans 180,000 square kilometres 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 has one of the largest Indigenous student populations among BC post-secondary institutions, with well over 2,000 students (about 10 percent), representing 16 First Nation and Indigenous peoples enrolled in new, continuing, open learning and trades programs.

In addition to Secwepemc students, Indigenous students at TRU come from several BC nations, including the Carrier, Okanagan, Nuxalk, and Nlaka'pamux, as well as students of Métis and Inuit ancestry.



Thompson Rivers University is dedicated to Indigenous student success, to fostering meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities and to promoting Indigenous knowledges and scholarship. Through collaboration, innovation, respect and humility, the university fosters a welcoming environment that is grounded in the principles of reconciliation and is able to address the calls to action placed on everyone in this country.