Programs and services for Aboriginal students and communities are located all across the Point Grey campus, and units such as MOA (the Museum of Anthropology) are showcases for Aboriginal culture. The First Nations Longhouse, however, is unique as a central hub for programming and services for Aboriginal students, the university, and the wider community.
The Longhouse is a prize-winning building that reflects the architectural traditions of the Northwest Coast and operates as a venue for public programming, student and program meetings, and many other functions. It is also a centre for Aboriginal students with study and social spaces, a computer lab, and access to tutoring, counselling, and many other forms of support, including the expert research help available at the adjacent Xwi7xwa Library. The Longhouse also houses the Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP), the First Nations House of Learning (FNHL), and a range of student organizations.
To keep up to date on what’s happening at the Longhouse and the Vancouver UBC Aboriginal community, visit the First Nations House of Learning page to find how to subscribe to The Talking Stick e-newsletter and more.
When not used by UBC Indigenous programs, spaces in the Longhouse are available for rental. For rental information, please visit the Longhouse Rentals.
The First Nations House of Learning
The First Nations House of Learning manages the Longhouse, coordinates student services available there, and leads in strategic planning for Indigenous initiatives across the university. FNHL is an important point of contact for students seeking assistance, for community members looking for connection to UBC programs, and for people on campus or off with ideas for strategic initiatives.
The Xwi7xwa Library
Xwi7xwa Library is located in a separate structure at eastern end of the Longhouse that reflects the traditional pit house architecture of interior BC communities. Xwi7xwa is a branch of the UBC library and the only dedicated Indigenous university library in Canada. It houses special collections not found elsewhere and most significantly, it offers students and researchers expert help in conducting research on Indigenous topics.
Native Indian Teacher Education Program
The Longhouse also houses the administrative offices of NITEP, a Bachelor of Education Program preparing Aboriginal people to be effective educators for band-operated, public, and independent schools. Presently, there is a shortage of Aboriginal teachers in BC, and an increasing number of Aboriginal people who desire to become teachers. The intention of this program is to build upon and strengthen the Aboriginal identity and culture of professionals in training.
Revised: July 8, 2014, 4:25 PM