Officials believe it was an act of vandalism, and appeared to be done intentionally by one or more individuals.
“It was very disappointing to see that and to hear how students are feeling about it,” said Bonnie Rockthunder, First Nations University of Canada senior analyst.
“Some of them shared it on social media of how saddened they are that someone would actually come to our campus and do that.”
Rockthunder said it’s a respected area for staff and students, making it hard to believe someone or a group of people would do something like this.
“It’s a part of who we are at the campus, as a First Nations university campus. It’s where we have our ceremonies and where we have prayers,” Rockthunder said.
“It brings us a sense of pride so it’s very disheartening.”
The teepees were removed Monday.