First Nations House of Learning

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The First Nations House of Learning (FNHL) is often confused with the First Nations Longhouse, but actually the Longhouse is the building and the First Nations House of Learning is the administrative unit that resides in and directs the use of the building.

FNHL organizes and provides Longhouse-based student services and communications; oversees public programming and use of the building; provides a point of contact for Aboriginal communities; and leads strategic planning on UBC Aboriginal initiatives. FNHL is the lead unit for coordination of the UBC Aboriginal Strategic Plan. In one way or another, FNHL is involved in most of what you will find on this site.

Public Information

The First Nations House of Learning maintains an online calendar of events and distributes a weekly newsletter, The Talking Stick, September through April, containing information on UBC Aboriginal-related news, events and announcements. It also maintains a Facebook and Twitter page for information sharing purposes, and to engage with UBC faculty, staff, students, alumni, and others on matters related to the UBC Aboriginal community and beyond.

Student Services

A number of services for Aboriginal students provided by the First Nations House of Learning in conjunction with other units are available at the Longhouse. These include writing and math tutors, academic advising, accredited counsellors, student health nurse, and financial advising.

For more information on student services contact:

FNHL Reception
T: 604-822-8940

Computer Centre

The centre has 12 state-of-the-art work stations that are loaded with several types of software, including Microsoft and Adobe programs.

For more information, contact:
Madelynn Slade
Student Engagement Officer
Tel: 604-822-8941


Throughout the year, the House of Learning hosts many events for students and the general public, such as:

~ Community & Student lunches
~ Cultural activities
~ Graduation ceremonies
~ Public lectures

Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall

The First Nations House of Learning has traditionally supported UBC Aboriginal programs and students by providing use of the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall as an in-kind contribution or donation.

New Booking Procedure

As of May 2015, bookings for the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall at no-cost are done through a new digital form. We hope this new procedure saves users time and effort. Contact us if you have any comments or questions about this new approach.

To request a rental fee waiver, please complete the following fillable PDF form:

Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall User Agreement-Waiver Form

  1. Download the form after it opens in the browser window or right-click on the above link and use “Save as.” Use a recent version of Adobe Reader (or Acrobat) to complete the form.
  2. The form relies on a Digital Signature to complete. To learn more, view this short video: How to Digitally Sign a Document with Adobe Reader (external link).
  3. The form must be completed in full and be submitted at least 7 days prior to the requested date(s). Earlier submissions are recommended.

The Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall is also available on a rental basis, pending availability.

Page Modified: October 2, 2019

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First Nations House of Learning
1985 West Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2, CA
Tel: 604-822-8940

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