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Musqueam Welcome

Feature Story: Reconciliation Pole Installed 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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FNHL Graduation Celebration 2017

May 18, 2017 – On Saturday, May 27th, the First Nations House of Learning will be hosting its annual celebration at the UBC First Nations Longhouse for participating Aboriginal graduates. Last year, 40 Aboriginal grads, out of over 170 overall, celebrated the successful completion of their programs with family, friends and supporters. This year’s celebration […]

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Reconciliation in action

May 2, 2017 – Reconciliation is an ongoing process, and if we are truly committed to it, we must welcome engagement with awkward and difficult situations that must be rectified. This is one such engagement story from our campus. By Severn Cullis-Suzuki, PhD Student in Anthropology It was exciting to return to my home city […]

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First Nations House of Learning remembers Beau Dick

March 28, 2017 – The staff at the First Nations House of Learning acknowledges with great sadness the passing of their dear friend Beau Dick, Kwakwaka’wakw hereditary chief, renowned master carver, and for the past four years resident artist at UBC. “We’re all tremendously saddened by Beau’s passing, and extend our deepest condolences to his […]

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Wilton Littlechild inaugural presenter at UBC lecture series

March 24, 2017 – Dr. Wilton Littlechild, honorary chief of the Maskwacis Crees and commissioner with Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, was last fall’s inaugural speaker at the Global Indigenous Rights Lecture Series at UBC.  The lecture, presented by UBC’s Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies in partnership with CBC Radio One and the Laurier Institution, and […]

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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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