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Musqueam Welcome

Musqueam Street Signs at UBC

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Welcome to the UBC Vancouver Aboriginal Portal

UBC’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional and ancestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. At UBC events, it is common to acknowledge Musqueam territory.

Why do we acknowledge Musqueam territory?

Please see the welcome from Musqueam elder sʔəyəɬəq (Larry Grant), above here, or on the Musqueam Affiliation page where you will also find FHNL director Linc Kesler’s explanation. You might also want to visit the UBC Aboriginal Centennial Page for a look at our history. UBC’s Okanagan campus is located on the territory of the Okanagan Nation. Visit the UBC-O Aboriginal Programs and Services site to learn about initiatives and opportunities at the Okanagan campus.


A Little Knowledge . . .

A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, but, when students enter university with very little knowledge of Aboriginal people, history, and circumstances, sometimes even a little knowledge can make a real difference. Watch Maryel Sparks-Cardinal’s short video . . .

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Helping to preserve a language 1,200 kilometres from home

January 17, 2019 – “My name is Gawagani. I come from the house of Gamlaxyeltxw.” Gawagani, or Vincent Gogag, is 1,200 kilometres from home, and has just finished speaking the Gitksan language for a group of students on a Wednesday afternoon. This is part of Gogag’s role as a language consultant with the University of […]

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AMS apologizes to Indigenous peoples

November 6, 2018 – Last month, UBC Alma Mater Society President Marium Hamid delivered an apology to Indigenous peoples during a meeting with Indigenous students at the First Nations Longhouse. AMS expressed on behalf of 56,000 current undergraduate and graduate students of the University of British Columbia its “profound regret” for not making “serious efforts […]

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Appointments: Director, First Nations House of Learning; Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs

July 24, 2018 – The Provost is delighted to announce that Dr. Margaret Moss has been appointed to the role of Director of the First Nations House of Learning (FNHL), for a five-year term commencing November 1, 2018, and that Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot has been appointed to the role of Senior Advisor to the President […]

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Indigenous high school students get inspired at UBC

June 28, 2018 – This past May, the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program and UBC hosted 31 Indigenous high school students, where they immersed themselves into campus life, including enjoying quality time in science and engineering labs doing hands-on research. In addition to being mentored by professors and graduate-level students, the grade […]

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Continuing a legacy through medicine

June 21, 2018 – When brothers Miles, Noah and Keegan Marchand are asked who inspired them to become doctors, it’s the image of their late grandfather, the Honourable Leonard Marchand, that first comes to mind. “I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a doctor, in large part because of my granddad. […]

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Bell Family Legacy Supports First Nations House of Learning

June 5, 2018 – Retired Canadian diplomat and Corporate Director, John P. Bell, a graduate of UBC Commerce class of 1962, recently provided for a gift in his will to support the First Nations House of Learning at UBC, which is housed in the First Nations Longhouse. His father, businessman and philanthropist Jack Bell, was […]

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FNHL Graduation Celebration 2018

May 28, 2018 – On Saturday, May 26th, the First Nations House of Learning held its annual graduation celebration for participating Indigenous graduates at the UBC First Nations Longhouse (see video below). This year’s turnout was higher than most, with 58 of 211 eligible graduates celebrating, along with family, friends and supporters. The keynote was […]

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Opinion: Reconciliation includes an Indigenous education

May 17, 2018 – I recently completed Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education, a free Massive Open Online Course commendably delivered by UBC Professor Jan Hare of the Faculty of Education and her team. I found the course remarkable for the amount of Indigenous history, cultural practices, and worldviews it covered. But to truly appreciate the importance […]

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Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond joins Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and Allard School of Law

April 26, 2018 – Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, a renowned Indigenous Canadian judge, lawyer and advocate for children and Indigenous restorative justice, has joined UBC as the inaugural director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) and as a professor with the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Turpel-Lafond, or Aki-kwe, is Cree […]

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UBC apologizes to Indian residential school survivors at centre opening

April 18, 2018 – Last week, on April 9th, more than 1000 people gathered inside and outside of a protective rain shelter to witness the opening of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, which also included UBC President Santa J. Ono apologizing to survivors of Indian residential schools for the university’s involvement in […]

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