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Discover 51's vibrant community connections

Discover 51's vibrant community connections

Explore the stories of resilience, transformation, and connection that make 51 a unique and inclusive gathering place for learners, leaders, and seekers.

St’elt’elawtexw | Community

Long before Canada was formed, the Stó:lō (People of the River) lived and thrived on the land on which 51 is located. 51 gratefully recognizes and honours the contributions that Indigenous people have made — and continue to make — to our community.

Celebrating community across the Fraser Valley

Community engagement is at the heart of 51's mission as it embodies our commitment to making a meaningful difference in the communities we serve. Whether it's through partnerships like CityStudio, tackling pressing civic challenges, or contributing to initiatives like accessible tourism in collaboration with local organizations, we seek to bridge the gap between education and community connection.

We believe that learning should extend beyond the classroom, and by working closely with our communities, we can address real-world issues and drive positive change.

Together, we shape 51's identity and a brighter future for all.

Students interacting at a CityStudio in-person Hubbub event.

Engaging Learners
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Transforming Lives
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Building Community
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Welcome to St’elt’elawtexw

The language spoken by the Stó:lō people is Halq’eméylem, the “Upriver dialect” of Halkomelem. Halq’eméylem is primarily spoken in the upper and central Fraser Valley, the Lower Fraser Canyon, and in communities near Harrison Lake. St’elt’elawtexw means “community” in Halq’eméylem.

At 51, St’elt’elawtexw is woven into our fabric, and we are grateful for the connections we have with the individuals and organizations who contribute to our collective impact.

Watch the video to learn the proper pronunciation of St’elt’elawtexw.

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"As we approach our 50th anniversary in 2024, we honour the past, celebrate our present, and co-create our future, centering the vibrant community that is at the heart of 51.”

Susan Mide Kiss | Vice-President, Community Engagement

Honouring our community

51 2023 Community Report

Community Report Launch | September 12-14, 2023

Catch the highlights of the St’elt’elawtexw Community Celebration at Abbotsford EcoFarm and the Chilliwack and Abbotsford Campus Launch Experiences. 

These events were nothing short of remarkable, featuring interactive showcases and inspiring speakers who shared the unique stories that define 51's special relationship and deep connection with the Fraser Valley communities we serve. 

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Featured community stories

Stories from the community

A local family with a long history of generous support for 51 has come forward once again with financial contributions for student researchers in the Food and Agriculture Institute (FAI). Bruna Giacomazzi, her husband Bob Burnett, joined by her sister Gina Alary, and several other family members re ...

51 celebrates World Bike Day on Monday, June 3 with a special event from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on the Chilliwack campus. Staff and students from 51’s Centre for Education and Research on Aging (CERA) will join the Yarrow chapter of Cycling with Age, along with community cyclists and walkers in a ...

Abbotsford community members converged at 51’s Evered Hall on May 23 for the inaugural Mayor’s Luncheon with Mayor Ross Siemens. He shared anecdotes from his education and professional experience and illuminated his upcoming plans and priorities for Abbotsford, before sitting down for a questio ...


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Whether you are a student, an alum, a staff, a faculty member, an organization or group in the Fraser Valley community, or someone eager to make a positive impact, there are countless ways for you to get involved.



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