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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. Please see the welcome from Musqueam elder Larry Grant (above), and visit the Musqueam Affiliation page to learn more. UBC’s Okanagan campus is located on the territory of the Okanagan Nation. Visit the Aboriginal Programs and Services site to learn about initiatives and opportunities at the Okanagan campus.


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 here

UBC Press and UW Press to develop digital publishing platform in Indigenous studies


May 2, 2016 – UBC Press and the University of Washington Press will develop a digital publishing platform in Indigenous studies thanks to a three-year $679,970 (CAD) grant awarded to the University of British Columbia by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project, according to a recent UBC Press news release, responds to the needs […]

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UBC Mechanical Engineering raises tribute pole in honor of Alan Steeves


April 15, 2016 – For the past three years, visitors to UBC’s Mechanical Engineering department have been greeted by Eena, the beaver in the department’s crest that hangs just outside reception. Now Eena is joined by several new faces, who both welcome us and share with us a story about a great artist, colleague, and […]

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Musqueam post dedicated at UBC Vancouver campus

Musqueam artist Brent Sparrow Jr. carved the new Musqueam Post during UBC’s Centennial year. Photo credit: Martin Dee

April 8, 2016 – The Musqueam people and the University of British Columbia acknowledged their developing partnership on April 6th with the dedication of a striking cedar post installed prominently on the Point Grey campus, which is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Carved by talented Musqueam artist, Brent […]

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Unveiling of Artwork in Honour of Alan Steeves

Squamish artist James Harry at the raising of his pole at the UBC Department of Mechanical Engineering.

March 15, 2016 – The following remarks were prepared by Professor Sheldon Green, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, for the February 22nd unveiling of a tribute pole by Squamish artist James Harry in honour of the late Alan Steeves. Good afternoon. I am Sheldon Green, the Head of Mechanical Engineering. Larry, thank you for […]

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Smart and caring communities include reconciliation: UBC First Nation student

UBC student Adina Williams (middle) of the Squamish Nation at a Smart and Caring Communities panel discussion in West Vancouver on March 3rd, as part of Governor General David Johnston's challenge to communities to be smarter and caring leading up the country's 150th birthday in 2017. 
Photo credit: Sonya Adloff, West Vancouver Schools

March 10, 2016 – UBC arts student and Squamish Nation member Adina Williams was a member of a distinguished panel in West Vancouver last week, which included a presentation from the Governor General of Canada, The Honourable David Johnston. The Sea to Sky Community Foundations hosted the event as part of its response to the […]

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