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Student Spaces

There are so many spaces that students can choose from, whether you’re looking for a place to study or socialize. Visit our ASA Student Stories section to read about where current UBC students like to frequent. In addition, here are a few Aboriginal-specific spaces that you will want to know about.

First Nations House of Learning
For many Aboriginal students at UBC, the First Nations House of Learning, housed within the First Nations Longhouse, is a vibrant and welcoming gathering space. This space is for any and all students who identify as First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Indigenous, and or Aboriginal, as well as non-Indigenous peoples from a variety of backgrounds. The Longhouse is the venue for many events hosted by Aboriginal Student Affairs as well as other Aboriginal programs and services on campus, and is a home away from home for many students.

The Longhouse is equipped with a computer lab, lockers, a student lounge and access to resident elders.
For more information, visit the FNHL Website or contact:
Tel: 604.822.8941 | Email: fnhl.coordinator@ubc.ca

Xwi7xwa Library
Situated next to the First Nations House of Learning, the Xwi7xwa Library (pronounced whei-wha) houses one of the largest collections of First Nations books on campus.
It is a great place to start your research, and the librarians there have specialized knowledge of Aboriginal resources and content and are always available to help you navigate the UBC library system.

Ann Doyle
Xwi7xwa Library, Head
UBC Library
First Nations House of Learning
1985 West Mall, Vancouver BC Canada V6T 1Z2
Phone 604 822 8944 Fax 604 822 8944
ann.doyle@ubc.ca
xwi7xwa.library@ubc.ca

Community Building

Communities are made up of a number of people: family members, friends, leaders, mentors, peers, and much more. As a student at UBC, it’s important to build a community that can help you thrive on campus. Every student has a different way of finding people that becomes a part of their academic path and their everyday student life. ASA works with students to provide academic guidance and to share resources and opportunities with you. Here’s a list of events and activities to consider where you can find peers, resources, friends, and helpful people to be a part of your time at UBC.

Longhouse Lunches

Each Tuesday, visit the First Nations Longhouse for a free lunch hosted by a UBC unit that provides a short presentation to students. The lunches are from 12:30- 1:30 pm at the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall in the Longhouse. More information on specific weeks can be found in The Talking Stick, the FNHL newsletter.

Never been to a lunch before? Email arts.aboriginal@ubc.ca or meet us at Arts Advising at 12:15pm. We will walk over with you and introduce you to other students and staff.

Musqueam 101

Musqueam 101 is a meal and speaker series that brings together the UBC and Musqueam communities to share knowledge and foster relationships. Guest speakers range from a variety of disciplines, careers, and backgrounds and provides an academic approach to learning Musqueam’s rich cultural and historical legacy.

Volunteering/Join a Club

Consider volunteering or joining a club — It’s a great way to organize events, help with initiatives and get to know your fellow students. There are hundreds of clubs to choose from, you can find a list of AMS clubs to join here. The Indigenous Student Association (ISA) and UBC Farm Indigenous Initiatives are also great ways to get involved with other Indigenous students and projects.

Also be sure to visit the Aboriginal Portal for more ideas on how you can get involved on campus.

Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) Aboriginal Initiative Resources

CTLT’s organizational mission is to help “advance scholarly and innovative approaches to teaching, learning, curriculum and educational technology practices within and across UBC’s diverse disciplinary and cultural contexts.” Their Aboriginal Initiative Resources are resources that CTLT has helped to develop, support, and implement across campus. They state,

“Our primary focus is to support the development of a higher standard of professionalism when conducting discussions on Aboriginal and other contentious social issues. We provide expertise and support for initiatives committed to improving classroom climate and campus environments conducive to student success, and strengthening local capacity to conduct effective approaches to cross-cultural dialogues. We also initiate, advance, and maintain curriculum and academic resources to address the gaps and insufficiencies in knowledge around Aboriginal topics.”

CTLT’s Aboriginal Initiative Resources include:

  • “What I Learned in Class Today: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom”
  • Indigenous Foundations website
  • Knowing the Land Beneath Our Feet Walking Tour

To learn more about CTLT’s Aboriginal Initiative Resources, visit: http://ctlt.ubc.ca/programs/aboriginal-initiatives/resources/

 

Truth & Reconciliation Commission

What is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)?

The TRC is a part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. It aims to inform all Canadians about the history of Indian Residential Schools and what happened at them. The TRC documents the true experiences of the survivors, families, communities and people affected by the Residential School experience. This includes parties like Aboriginal (Metis, First Nations, and Inuit) survivors, their communities, the Church, and the Government of Canada. The Commission has a 5 year mandate supported by a TRC Secretariat, a department of the federal government.

  • “UBC suspended classes on September 18, 2013 so that faculty, students and staff could participate in the National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in Vancouver that day.”
  • Learn more about UBC’s engagement with Truth and Reconciliation:
    http://irsi.aboriginal.ubc.ca/2014/09/12/looking-back-one-year/
  • In partnership with the TRC, the City of Vancouver announced June 2013 – June 2014, a Year of Reconciliation.
  • Indigenous Foundations, a UBC website created in partnership by the First Nations House of Learning and First Nations and Indigenous Studies, is an incredible resource that offers information on Indigenous histories, politics, and cultures of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. Visit the website here.The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre
  • On Monday September 13, the University of British Columbia formally announced today the construction of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSC). This $5.5-million building in the heart of campus will recognize the history and experiences of residential school survivors, and memorialize the thousands of Indigenous children who died while in attendance. Read the Media Release.