UFV announces new Hal’qeméylem component to student residence name, kicks off language incorporation

The University of the Fraser Valley has announced that its student residence has been renamed Lá:lem te Baker. The change – adding the Hal’qeméylem word for house to the Baker name – marks the beginning of UFV’s plans to add Halq’emeylem components to UFV Housing and Campus Living Services in order to create a more inclusive environment that educates students on the history of the Stó:lō people. The language will be added to room labels, staff will receive basic lessons in Halq’emeylem, and Stó:lō history will be displayed through art installations. Graphic design alumna Chantelle Trainor-Matties also created an Indigenous image of a sea otter to represent the housing community. UFV Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.