Programs and services for Aboriginal students and communities are located all across the Point Grey campus, but several are particularly noteworthy as gathering points, and chief among them is the First Nations Longhouse. MOA is another centre for teaching and learning about First Nations and other cultures, and a significant point of contact for scholars, students, and Aboriginal communities.
The Longhouse is a unique building that reflects the architectural traditions of the Northwest Coast. The Longhouse provides a venue for Aboriginal programming and events and serves as a cultural and social centre where students can study and learn in a surrounding that reflects Aboriginal traditions. It is also the location for a wide variety of resources and services, including Xwi7xwa Library, a study area, computer lab, social lounge, and tutoring, counseling, advising, and other student services.
It also houses the Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP), the First Nations House of Learning (FNHL), and a range of student organizations. The Longhouse provides a central location for Aboriginal peoples to share their knowledge and culture with one another, with the University, and with the wider community.
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, located in the Longhouse, is one place to look for a variety of resources for Aboriginal students. It’s mandate is to make the University’s vast resources more accessible to Aboriginal Peoples, and to improve the University’s ability to meet the needs of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. To this end, the First Nations House of Learning is dedicated to providing a positive environment for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, staff, and faculty.
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.