IECC Students in front of Na'tsa'maht

Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections

Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen

Welcoming more than 1,100 students from over 50 nations.

IECC - Awards Ceremony Sekwan with student

The Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections provides support services to help you both before and after you become a Camosun student by providing educational, financial, and cultural support and information.

Indigenous Student Services

Student-centred, community-focused learning

We offer courses and programs for Indigenous students and provide links between Camosun College, students, local Indigenous organizations and First Nations communities. 

Programs and Courses

Activities and Events

Camosun and Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen host a number of events intended to enhance and celebrate Indigenous student success and encourage community development and wellness. Join us for events such as National Indigenous Peoples Day, Orange Shirt Day, Salish Pit Cook and also for activities for Indigenous students like pizza day or learning the art of traditional basket weaving. 

Activities and Events

Our name

We have officially added the phrase Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen (pronounced Eye. sh-KWAW-leh-win) to our name and are now known as Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen – The Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections (or IECC).

Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen is a Lekwungen word offered to us by Lekwungen Elder Elmer George. The word references "good heart, good mind, and good feelings” – the experiences we want you to have during your journey here. 

We seek knowledge in these territories

Camosun College serves the communities of southern Vancouver Island and the south Gulf Islands that are located in the Traditional Territories of the Lekwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia'new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples.

We acknowledge our traditional hosts and honour their welcome and graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here. Read about Camosun's History: Legend of Camossung.

Indigenization at Camosun

Indigenization is the process by which Indigenous ways of knowing, being, doing and relating are incorporated into educational, organizational, cultural and social structures of the institution. 

Indigenization Initiative