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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 Aboriginal MD Graduates Class of 2016

L to R: Dr Todd Alec, Nak’azdli Nation, Family Practice in Prince George; Dr Nathan Teegee, Takla Lake Nation, Dermatology in Vancouver; Dr Lara Des Roches, Metis Nation, Sabbatical Masters in Ethics; Dr Geoffrey Johnson, Metis Nation, Obstetrics & Gynecology in Victoria; Dr David Shepherd, Cree Nation, Family Practice in Prince George. 
Missing: Dr Michael Bergunder, Metis Nation, Family Practice in Red Deer; Dr Travis Thompson, Metis Nation, Family Practice in Penticton; Dr Patricia Caddy, Winnebago Sioux, Family Practice in Nanaimo.

May 26, 2016 – This year, the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Aboriginal MD admissions program graduated eight students. The graduates were acknowledged at a special gathering at the UBC First Nations Longhouse on May 24, attended by families, friends and supporters. The event, emceed by James Andrew, Aboriginal Student Initiatives Coordinator, included speakers Warner Adam, First […]

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First Nations mother and son graduate from UBC together

Jocelyne and Randy Robinson

May 26, 2016 – Watching a loved one graduate from university is a proud moment, but for Jocelyne and Randy Robinson, the pride will be twofold as the mother and son graduate from the University of British Columbia a day apart. Randy, 31, who once worked as a janitor scrubbing toilets, is graduating from the […]

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FNHL Graduation Celebration 2016 Webcast

FNHL Webcast Graphic 2016

May 18, 2016 – On Saturday, May 28th, Aboriginal grads along with family, friends and supporters will gather at the UBC First Nations Longhouse to celebrate the successful completion of their respective programs. The event, hosted by the First Nations House of Learning, will be shown live online for the benefit of those unable to […]

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Workshop explores ways of supporting Indigenous students at UBC


May 16, 2016 – “We’re likely intersecting with Indigenous students on a regular basis. We just might not know whether students are Indigenous, what particular needs exists or what kind of support or resources are available for students,” said Karlene Harvey, Academic Advisor at Aboriginal Student Affairs in the Faculty of Arts, at UBC. In […]

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UBC Aboriginal science camp gets boost from NSERC


May 13, 2016 – Five UBC projects that support hands-on learning, including an Aboriginal science camp, have received funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) PromoScience Program. Two UBC Science initiatives will receive a total of $135,000 over a period of three years: the Cedar Science Camp and Mentorship Program, […]

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