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Welcome to the UBC Vancouver Aboriginal Portal

UBC’s Vancouver 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 or on the Musqueam Affiliation page where you will also find former 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.

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Fall 2019

On Saturday, November 30, the First Nations House of Learning hosted a celebration event at the First Nations Longhouse in honour of Indigenous students graduating as part of the Fall 2019 class. The event saw Indigenous students walking through the ceremonial door into Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, followed by an honouring ceremony. The act of walking […]

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UBC Press receives grant to support interactive digital publications in Indigenous studies

June 26, 2019 – The University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press) has been awarded US$490,000 (C$650,000) to undertake a 15-month research project leading to the design of a business plan and conceptual framework for supporting interactive digital publications in Indigenous studies. The new generation of digital publishing is moving beyond the “e-book,” to engage […]

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Indigenous Graduation Celebration Spring 2019

On Saturday, May 25th the First Nation House of Learning’s held its annual Indigenous graduation celebration at the First Nations Longhouse, where 39 Indigenous students and two honorary degree recipients, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Leona Sparrow, were honoured by families, friends and supporters for their achievements. Overall, 130 Indigenous students graduated this spring, combined […]

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Open Letter: Reconciliation Pole vandalized on eve of second anniversary

April 1, 2019 – Today is the second anniversary of the installation of the Reconciliation Pole, carved by 7idansuu (Edenshaw), James Hart, Haida Hereditary Chief and Master Carver. On this day two years ago, as many may recall, the event began with dark clouds overhead but then ended under a clear blue sky as the […]

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Musqueam flag raised at UBC

February 25, 2019 – The flag of the Musqueam Indian Band was permanently raised on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus today, thus formally signifying the university’s recognition of the Musqueam in whose traditional, ancestral and unceded lands the university is located. It joins the provincial and UBC flags in the SUB North Plaza. […]

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Helping to preserve a language 1,200 kilometres from home

January 17, 2019 – “My name is Gawagani. I come from the house of Gamlaxyeltxw.” Gawagani, or Vincent Gogag, is 1,200 kilometres from home, and has just finished speaking the Gitksan language for a group of students on a Wednesday afternoon. This is part of Gogag’s role as a language consultant with the University of […]

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AMS apologizes to Indigenous peoples

November 6, 2018 – Last month, UBC Alma Mater Society President Marium Hamid delivered an apology to Indigenous peoples during a meeting with Indigenous students at the First Nations Longhouse. AMS expressed on behalf of 56,000 current undergraduate and graduate students of the University of British Columbia its “profound regret” for not making “serious efforts […]

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Appointments: Director, First Nations House of Learning; Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs

July 24, 2018 – The Provost is delighted to announce that Dr. Margaret Moss has been appointed to the role of Director of the First Nations House of Learning (FNHL), for a five-year term commencing November 1, 2018, and that Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot has been appointed to the role of Senior Advisor to the President […]

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Indigenous high school students get inspired at UBC

June 28, 2018 – This past May, the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program and UBC hosted 31 Indigenous high school students, where they immersed themselves into campus life, including enjoying quality time in science and engineering labs doing hands-on research. In addition to being mentored by professors and graduate-level students, the grade […]

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Continuing a legacy through medicine

June 21, 2018 – When brothers Miles, Noah and Keegan Marchand are asked who inspired them to become doctors, it’s the image of their late grandfather, the Honourable Leonard Marchand, that first comes to mind. “I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a doctor, in large part because of my granddad. […]

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