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Incoming UBC President Prof. Arvind Gupta, pictured here with Musqueam Elder Shane Pointe (Ti' te-in) and First Nations House of Learning Director, Linc Kesler, was blanketed and given an eagle down ceremonial blessing and welcome at the UBC First Nations Longhouse on July 2, 2014.
University of British Columbia, Photo by Martin Dee

Musqueam welcomes President Gupta on his first day

July 3, 2014 – Incoming UBC president Arvind Gupta was ceremoniously welcomed and honored by coastal First Nation ambassadors at the UBC First Nations Longhouse’s Sty-Wet-Tan Hall. The ceremony was led by Musqueam Elder Shane Pointe, UBC honorary degree recipient and Hereditary Chief Robert Joseph of the Gwawaʼenux̱w First Nation, and UBC artist-in-residence and Hereditary […]

Aboriginal Audio Digitization and Preservation Program trainees with MOA staff: (left to right) Roger Patrick, Lake Babine Nation; Michelle George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation; Nadine Hafner, UBCIC; Marvin Williams, Lake Babine Nation; Andrew Bak, Tsawwassen First Nation; Gerry Lawson, MOA; Ryan Dennis, Tahltan Central Council; Bobbie Hembree, Tsleil-Waututh Nation; Alissa Cherry, UBCIC; Judy Thompson, Tahltan Central Council; Pauline Hawkins, Tahltan Central Council; Ann Stevenson, MOA; Aaron Leon, 	Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn Teaching Centre Society
UBC Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Photo by Michael Wynne

Indigenous language and cultural knowledge preservation one byte at a time: UBC partners work with BC First Nations to enable digitization of valuable recordings

June 20, 2014 – The prospect of First Nations in this province preserving and revitalizing their languages and cultures, including teaching their histories, and in some cases pressing their land claims, is being aided by a unique pilot program led by UBC Library’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the Museum of Anthropology. This past […]

Dempsey Bob, acclaimed Tahltan-Tlingit artist, member of the Order of Canada, and recent UBC honorary degree recipient
First Nations House of Learning, Photo by Don Erhardt

FNHL Graduation Celebration Spring 2014 Keynote Address – Dr. Dempsey Bob

Dempsey Bob, acclaimed Tahltan-Tlingit artist, Officer of the Order of Canada, and recent UBC honorary degree recipient gave the following keynote address at the First Nations House of Learning Graduation Celebration at the Sty-Wet-Tan Hall on May 24, 2014 (read more here). First of all, I want to recognize the Musqueam people whose land we’re […]

UBC Aboriginal graduates at the First Nations House of Learning graduation celebration held May 24, 2014
First Nations House of Learning, Photo by K. Ward

FNHL Graduation Celebration Spring 2014 Highlights

May 30, 2014 – On Saturday, May 24, 33 out of at least 139 UBC Aboriginal graduates from the 2013/14 year, including Dempsey Bob, acclaimed Tahltan-Tlingit artist, Officer of the Order of Canada, and recent UBC honorary degree recipient, walked through the graduation door at the First Nations Longhouse. This ceremonial event saw them formally […]

First Nations House of Learning Director Linc Kesler UBC

Dr. Linc Kesler reappointed as FNHL Director and Senior Advisor to UBC President on Aboriginal Affairs

May 26, 2014 – In April, Dr. Kesler accepted the university’s offer to extend his term as Director of the First Nations House of Learning and Senior Advisor to the UBC President on Aboriginal Affairs, positions he has held since January 2009, to December 31, 2018. In a letter to the UBC community announcing the […]

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