University Canada West is delighted to announce that Elder Rose Guerin of Musqueam First Nation will serve as the University’s first Elder in Residence.

“Elder Rose’s knowledge, experience and wisdom will guide the UCW learning community at all levels by introducing Indigenous ways of being in our work,” UCW President Sheldon Levy said in making the announcement.

Working with Elder Rose, UCW students, faculty, leadership and staff will and learn about Coast Salish culture, land, tradition and language.

Elder Rose will also work with Dr. Maureen Mancuso, UCW’s Vice President Academic, to create an Indigenous Advisory Council to guide and support academic initiatives.

“The Council is an essential next step in ensuring that Indigenous voices are heard in our decision-making processes,” President Levy said.

Elder Rose has provided a traditional welcome and prayer at several UCW events over the past several years, including convocation ceremonies and special events.

“UCW is fortunate to have Elder Rose as part of our university,” President Levy said.

Published September 29, 2022.