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Musqueam Welcome

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 and First Nations Health Authority develop new chair position

March 17, 2017 – The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and the University of British Columbia have created a faculty position dedicated to improving cancer outcomes and overall wellness among First Nations and Indigenous people. The chair will focus on the impact of cancer on the health and wellness journey of First Nations and their […]

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Aboriginal grad on the value of a Sauder business education

March 10, 2017 – BCom Althea Wishloff found the support she received from UBC Sauder’s Ch’nook initiative gave her what she needed to secure a future in finance. The beginning Wishloff knew she had a head for math so assumed science was the logical route at university. But after a few months at UBC, the […]

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Regions differ in Indigenous acknowledgement at Canadian universities

March 1, 2017 – Acknowledgement of Indigenous lands, treaties and peoples vary at universities across Canada, finds a new study from the University of British Columbia, the first academic study of its kind. The study identified five different types of acknowledgement at universities in B.C., the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic. These acknowledgements are […]

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Program benefits Indigenous women experiencing violence

December 15, 2016 – Indigenous women face rates of violence at least four times higher than other women in Canada. UBC nursing professor Colleen Varcoe and her colleagues recently evaluated an intervention to determine what works best to improve the health of Indigenous women who experience violence, including partner violence. In this Q&A, she talks […]

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UBC alumnus creates new entrance award for Aboriginal students

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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