First Nations Student Services

    • Kéxwusm-áyakn (First Nations) Student Centre

      The Centre provides a support network for First Nations students at Capilano University while helping First Nations culture to flourish in the university community.  The Centre is where First Nations students can gather to study, share, and socialize in a relaxed atmosphere where everyone is welcome. The Centre is located in Library room 196, on the ground floor next to Capilano Student Union Lounge. The Centre offers

      • A safe place for students of Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) to relax and meet new people
      • Information and resources relevant to all First Nations
      • A study space, a meeting place and a place to eat lunch
      • Computers and printer 
      • Fridge, microwave and sink
      • Telephone for local calls
      • Notice board for events
      • Cultural workshops
      • In resident Elders

      Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre’s Mission Statement

      The Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre is a place to celebrate Aboriginal learning and knowledge. The centre provides hope and opportunity, drawing people together people from all nations to put their minds and spirits together to see what future can be made for the First Peoples of this land and for all members of creation. It also provides a place where individuals can learn about Aboriginal traditions, language and values, enhancing their understanding of both themselves and others. It provides a place where individuals can learn in the context of Aboriginal traditions, language and values, enhancing their understanding of both themselves and others. Kéxwusm-áyakn or “A Place to Meet” is the Squamish Nation (Swxwú7mesh—Sko-ko-mish) name given to the University’s Aboriginal Student Centre, centrally located in the library building.

      First Nations Student Services

      The First Nations Student team provides direct services to First Nations students in a variety of ways: assistance with course selection and registration, information concerning Capilano resources, advisor for special programs, liaises with First Nations Band education officers and university instructors, consultation regarding personal and educational matters. The team acts as a resource to the student-based First Nations Issues Committee. First Nation’s student services offers assistance to First Nations students attending Capilano University in North Vancouver, Sechelt and Squamish. The Advisor also coordinates advice provided to the University from its First Nations Advisory Committee, an external advisory group


      David Kirk BSW, M.Ed (UBC), First Nations Advisor

      Support Staff

      Joel Cardinal, First Nations Student Success Facilitator (North Vancouver)
      Willie Lewis, First Nations Recruitment Advisor (North Vancouver)