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Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre now under construction . . .

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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.


Reconciliation Pole Update

Reconciliation Pole, to be raised at UBC on the unceded ancestral territory of the Musqueam people, is designed and carved under the direction of Haida master carver and Hereditary Chief, 7idansuu (James Hart). The pole will be installed in the spring of 2017 during a Haida pole-raising ceremony . . .

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Restored Haida Canoe at UBC

The Looplex X, one of four fibreglass replicas of Bill Reid’s famous cedar Lootas canoe, has now been restored and installed in the Forest Science Centre. The restoration has been a collaborative effort . . .

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Archive of Live Broadcast: Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre Announcement

On Monday, September 12th, UBC president Santa Ono announced the beginning of construction of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC. The announcement took place at the UBC First Nations Longhouse and was streamed live. The archive video of this announcement is now available for your viewing here as well as on UBC’s Facebook page.

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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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UBC alumnus creates new entrance award for Aboriginal students

Barj Dhahan, UBC alumnus (BA 1983)

October 26, 2016 – “I think education is foundational for building a community, city, or nation,” says Barj Dhahan, UBC alumnus (BA 1983) and CEO of the Sandhurst Group, above. “Education leads to equality. It leads to opportunities for all.” Barj, who describes himself as “interested in a bit of everything,” comes from a family […]

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UBC Farm’s Indigenous Health and Research Education Gardens gets Musqueam name

Artist David Robinson at the UBC Farm pole raising ceremony. 
Photo: Rafferty Baker/CBC News

October 25, 2016 – Earlier this month at a traditional ceremony, UBC Farm’s Indigenous Health and Research Education Gardens received a Musqueam name, a pole by an Algonquin artist, and had a small boulder recognized as its place marker. The gardens, like the campus itself, is situated on the traditional territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam […]

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Aboriginal High School Students Experience UBC Forestry

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October 24, 2016 – The Verna J Kirkness Education Program was founded in 2009, and was designed to increase the number of Aboriginal students in science programs. This past spring saw the first year of this program at UBC, with eight grade 11 students spending one week at the Faculty of Forestry working on science […]

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UBC to build Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

Rendering of IRSC. Credit: Formline A+U.

September 13, 2016 – The University of British Columbia formally announced yesterday the construction of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSC). This $5.5-million building in the heart of campus will recognize the history and experiences of residential school survivors, and memorialize the thousands of Indigenous children who died while in attendance. VIDEO: […]

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Longhouse decking and walkway replacement work

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September 1, 2016 – The wooden decking surrounding the Longhouse and the walkway to Xwi7xwa Library has reached the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced. After considerable consultation with university staff, the original architects, Verna Kirkness, community members, and others, it has been decided that the pebbled surface of the Sty-Wet-Tan hall floor will replace […]

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