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Indigenous Graduation Celebration Spring 2021

On Saturday, May 29, 2021, the First Nations House of Learning hosted a virtual graduation celebration to honour and recognize the educational achievements of participating Indigenous graduates from the UBC Vancouver campus. This virtual event was offered in place of the usual in-person celebration at the First Nations Longhouse, which will resume once COVID-19 restrictions […]

Verna Kirkness: "Tom was both my friend and mentor." Photo provided by Verna Kirkness

Verna Kirkness: Thomas Berger was ‘key’ to making UBC more accessible to Indigenous peoples

In remembrance of Thomas Berger, who passed away on April 28, 2021. Tom was both my friend and mentor. While much of his life centered around law, he had a wider interest and for me his interest in the education of Indigenous people was a great bonus to my work at UBC. I arrived at […]

UBC’s Dr. Margaret Moss appointed to U.S. national health advisory board

UBC’s Dr. Margaret Moss appointed to U.S. national health advisory board

The U.S. National Academy of Medicine recently appointed Dr. Margaret Moss to its Board of Population Health and Public Health Practice. Dr. Moss is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation (Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota) with equal lineage to Canadian Sioux in Saskatchewan. She is currently Director of the First […]

Elder Keiyishí Bessie Cooley, and Heather Burge, Photo: Heather Burge

Learning Lingít helped UBC student to discover her history

When the Tlingit community adopted UBC student Éedaa Heather Burge, she was brought in from the cold. Studying the language in Juneau, Alaska, that could be taken literally, but the Lingít phrase for adoption ‘A tóot ajeewatán’ means to take someone’s hand and bring them inside. Her adoptive mother and teacher, Elder G̱uneiwtí Marsha Hotch, […]

UBC’s Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot appointed United Nations representative on rights of Indigenous Peoples

UBC’s Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot appointed United Nations representative on rights of Indigenous Peoples

Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot is no stranger to firsts. The UBC professor was not only the first person in her family to attend university but she was also the first to go on to earn her master’s degree and PhD before eventually becoming a faculty member. Today, Dr. Lightfoot continued the tradition when she was named […]