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What does true engagement mean for a university?

SFU is defined by the dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement. There's a lot happening at all three of our campuses and we're excited to partner with the Tyee to show you what we mean when we say we're Canada's Engaged University.

From May through August 2016, The Tyee will host a series of SFU-produced videos that tell the stories of innovators and collaborations within and around its community.

First up: Visiting linguist and scholar Anvita Abbi pairs with elder Lawrence Bell to teach a unique course on the Haida language.

This series is part of a Tyee Presents promotional partnership. Tyee Presents is the special section within The Tyee where we highlight contests, events, and other initiatives that are either put on by The Tyee or by our select partners.

We choose our partners carefully and consciously, to fit with The Tyee’s reputation as B.C.’s leading home for news, culture, and solutions. To learn more about Tyee Presents services, click here.

In this Tyee Presents series


Haida language on a blackboard

Hanging On to Haida: Indian Linguist Shares Tools to Save a Language

SFU course in field linguistics helps Haida words live on.

By Christopher Cheung, 6 May 2016



SFU Researchers Lend a Bionic Hand to Amputee Athlete

Danny Letain will test his robotic prosthesis in global 'Cybathlon' event.

By Christopher Cheung, 18 May 2016


Farmers market

Not a Bad Homework Assignment: Start a Farmers' Market

The Coquitlam market, bringing local food to the 'burb for 20 years, started in an SFU classroom.

By Tyee Staff, 9 Jun 2016


Sea stars and a diver

Mass Sea Star Deaths Shake Up Marine Food Chain

SFU researchers uncovering effects of one of the largest wildlife die-offs ever recorded.

By Christopher Cheung, 28 Jun 2016



Project Limelight Sets the Stage for Young Inner-City Actors

East Vancouver youth develop their acting chops in this free theatre program.

By Tyee Staff, 11 Jul 2016


Syrian refugee at SFU

With Cameras in Hand, Young Syrian Refugees Learn Storytelling

SFU photography workshop aims to help newcomers develop a voice.

By Christopher Cheung, 18 Aug 2016



Highlights from BC’s First Ever ‘World Indigenous Basketball Challenge’

Sixteen teams recently gathered in Burnaby for a slam-dunk tournament.

By Christopher Cheung, 31 Aug 2016


Biologist Bernard Crespi

Mental Illness Born in Battle Between Parents’ Genes, Suggests SFU Prof

Bernard Crespi has been awarded the school’s Sterling prize for brave, controversial work.

By Christopher Cheung, 2 Sep 2016