Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Indigenization Initiatives

coyote project

Coyote Project

The Coyote Project has united all of TRU — nine faculties, TRU World, Open Learning and the Library — to come together and create a campus that is welcoming and supportive to all, especially Indigenous students and staff.
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Orange Shirt Day at TRU

Orange Shirt Day is an annual event that recognizes the harm done by the residential school system. It’s an opportunity for residential school survivors, local government members, Indigenous youth, students, faculty and staff to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Indigenizing Open Learning

Based on feedback received during an Open Learning Indigenization workshop, OL offered workshops and learning opportunities for all OL employees between September and December 2017. » Learn More

Towards Indigenizing Higher Ed

A four-part online storytelling series that inquires into questions such as what it means to indigenize higher education. » Learn More


Bearing Witness

The School of Nursing and the Nursing Undergraduate Society have adopted two bears as part of an initiative spearheaded by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. » Learn More

Knowledge Makers

Knowledge Makers is an Indigenous student research network. The aim of Knowledge Makers is to bring Indigenous students together to practise Indigenous research that is of service to our communities. » Learn More


Digitized Secwepemc Resources

Partnership Agreement

TRU and Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc pledge to advance partnerships and cooperation in an agreement that commits to fostering greater understanding and respect between the two organizations.
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Digitized Secwepemc Resources

Digitized Secwepemc Resources

Material from the Secwepemc Cultural Education Society has been uploaded to the web in the form of a collection of PDFs, videos and sound recordings.
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Indigenous Pathways to Health Care

Indigenous Health and Nursing

The TRU School of Nursing has worked with several Indigenous individuals and organizations to increase recruitment and retention of Indigenous students in nursing.
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Indigenous Awareness Week

Indigenous Awareness Week

A variety of activities take place every year in late February. Past events have included a fashion show, an elders luncheon, a bannock bake-off, and more.


First Nations and Indigenous Affairs Committee

First Nations and Indigenous Affairs Committee

The First Nations and Indigenous Affairs Committee of Senate has regular meetings to review Indigenous programs and services at Thompson Rivers University.
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Stop/Estil

Stop / Estil Signs

Estil, Secwepemctsin for ‘stop’, is stopping traffic on TRU’s Kamloops campus — a public indicator that TRU is located in the heart of Secwepemc territory.
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coyote sculpture

Coyote sculpture

The coyote sculpture created by artist John McEwen watches atop the House of Learning at TRU's campus in Kamloops. Symbolizing our commitment to realizing potential, the sculpture faces towards the rising sun and is made from metal fashioned into stars.


territorial marker

Territorial Marker

The deep relationship between the Secwepemc people and the traditional lands on which TRU resides is commemorated on campus with a First Nations territorial marker.
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Free Secwepemc language classes

Free Secwepemc language classes

Classes offered once a year give faculty and staff an opportunity learn the basics of Secwepemc language — introductions, greetings and pronunciation — and culture.


Ch'nook Scholars

Ch'nook Scholars

The Ch’nook Scholars program works with Indigenous students engaged in full-time business education. The program offers a set of activities to help students in the areas of achievement and contribution.
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survivors forum

TRU Law response to TRC

Law students spend the day hearing from residential school survivors, touring an old school dormitory and listening to a panel discussion focused on experiences of survivors and the effects of intergenerational trauma.
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Decolonization, Reconciliation and Indigenization Committee

The TRU Faculty Association has established a committee meant to inform the work of the provincial Federation of Post-Secondary Educators Decolonization, Reconciliation and Indigenization Committee.
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