Elder in Residence

In a two-way learning environment, the Elder in Residence program ensures that cultural knowledge and activities are accessible to all students, staff, and faculty at UNBC.

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.


“I felt that I was accepted at UNBC and the respect I received from all the people at this fine institute of learning was wonderful.”

– Clifford Quaw
Lheidli T'enneh Elder