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Safeguarding the Keys to Knowledge

Safeguarding the Keys to Knowledge

If indigenous languages disappear so, too, will invaluable knowledge about our environment and sustainable ways of life, warns Lester-Irrabina Rigney…

The Aboriginal Residency Program

The Aboriginal Residency Program

The Aboriginal Residency Program continues to develop and expand, proving to be a leader in the field regarding the training of residents in Aboriginal Health…

Dr. Linc Kesler, Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs and Director of the First Nations House of Learning. Photo by Martin Dee.

A Special Ceremony, A Special Day

In January 2009 Dr. Linc Kesler, Director of the First Nations Studies Program, was appointed Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs and Director of the First Nations House of Learning. He continues on as Director of the First Nations Studies Program.

A Year of Growth and Change in the F.N.S.P.

A Year of Growth and Change in the F.N.S.P.

The First Nations Studies Program (FNSP) has seen another successful year of growth, development, and positive change. We are happy to announce the addition of a fourth scholar to our core faculty. Sheryl Lightfoot is Keweenaw Bay Anishinaabe and will be joining us from the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. Sheryl […]

Assoc. Prof Cynthia Nicol explains how cultural values are at the heart of math - photo by Martin Dee

New Faculty, Initiatives, and Events

Submitted by Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, Q’um Q’um Xiiem, Associate Dean for Indigenous Education Greetings from the Faculty of Education! I am pleased to present highlights from the 2008/09 academic year and to tell you about some of our plans for the 2009/10 academic year. Faculty We welcome two new Indigenous faculty members: Drs. Mark Aquash […]

2009 CEDAR Summer Camp participants enjoy camp activities at the First Nations Longhouse.  Photo submitted by the CEDAR Program.

The CEDAR Summer Camp Program

Submitted by Mette Bach The CEDAR Summer Camp is an initiative that involves at least fifty volunteers from various departments at UBC. The program welcomes forty Aboriginal youth from the Lower Mainland each year to take part in fun experiments, workshops, and hands-on learning. CEDAR, which stands for Cross-cultural Education through Demonstration, Activity and Recreation, […]

TD Bank Financial Group Donates $1M

TD Bank Financial Group Donates $1M

Media Release, June 22, 2009 The University of British Columbia received a $1 million donation from TD Bank Financial Group today to create an endowment that will provide a lasting legacy in business education for Aboriginal students. The gift will improve access and support for Aboriginal learners pursuing a business education.  Today’s donation is the […]

Class photo from the Humanities 101 program, April 2008. Photo submitted by Dr. Margo Butler.

Stories from the Humanities 101 Programme

By Dr. Margot Leigh Butler, Academic Director “To me, writing has become a way of coping with life. Ten years ago I was living in the streets of the Downtown Eastside, a chronic alcoholic, a drug addict. I started to attend a life skills class at the Pride Centre. There I analyzed why I was […]

Humanities 101 Programme participants for 2008-2009.  Photo submitted by Dr. Margo Leigh Butler.

Making a Difference on the Downtown Eastside

The Humanities 101 Community Programme (Hum101) offers free non-credit university-level courses at UBC for people living on the Downtown Eastside (DTES) and nearby areas who are passionate about learning and knowledge, and who are living on very low incomes. Students receive bus tickets to get to and from UBC for each class, vouchers for meals […]