Elder in Residence

The Elder in Residence Program, as well as weekly visits from Métis and Dakelh Elders, offer a tangible link to First Nations tradition, identity, and history.

Along with their unique cultural knowledge, protocol, stories, and ways of being, Elders often demonstrate many of the core values UNBC holds in high priority: experiential learning and discovery, inclusiveness and diversity, leadership, integrity, and community.

We celebrate and honour the contributions of Elders to the university community. UNBC’s Elder Protocol is symbolic of how respect and reciprocity is foundational to the relationships we hold with Elders at UNBC.

By connecting with Elders regularly, students build a sense of community, belonging and identity through ongoing exposure to the supportive environment and cultural activities that the Elder in Residence Program provides.


– Clifford Quaw
Lheidli T'enneh Elder