First Nations University of Canada is privileged to be the home of a very special memorial space. The large glass tipi that surrounds the FNUniv Regina Campus Atrium is not just an architectural marvel boasting an enormous set of windows and truly stunning tile work – it is also a tribute to First Nations Veterans who served in the Canadian and U.S. militaries since World War I. The tipi was officially opened on June 6, 2008 to commemorate D-Day (June 6, 1944). The soldiers and warriors of yesterday and today sacrificed so that the next generations could grow and prosper, making FNUniv a fitting place for this grand memorial.
First Nations University of Canada pays respect to our First Nations Veterans by holding an annual Remembrance Day Service in the Veterans Memorial Tipi. The program includes a Pipe Ceremony, Grand Entry and Service, a moment of silence, the laying of wreaths and lunch. This event is open to everyone.
The centrepiece of learning at FNUniv is our Ceremonial Tipi. Elders are an important part of campus life, and they lead ceremonies and give cultural teachings in the Ceremonial Tipi. These ways of knowing are essential to protecting and revitalizing First Nations traditions and identities. Because it is a sacred space with special protocols for entry, tour guests are asked not to enter the Tipi. Photography of the inside is also not allowed.