The purpose of the Indigenous Portal is to inform visitors about UBC Vancouver’s commitment to Indigenous engagement on campus and beyond, in addition to being an information resource for Aboriginal students, faculty and the wider community.
On this site, the term most commonly used to refer to First Nation, Métis and Inuit people as a single group, including students, faculty and staff, is “Indigenous.” Where “Aboriginal” has been used, this is because the term still applies in the context in which it is used, for instance, “Aboriginal students.” In this case, UBC asks students to self-identify as Aboriginal rather than Indigenous. Therefore, it is better to maintain this reference in a formal context. Less formally, however, “Indigenous students” is used as the term “Indigenous” is increasingly being used by First Nations, Métis and Inuit people themselves when they refer to themselves in a collective manner, as are others. In other instances where “Aboriginal” is used, this is because it refers to something that continues to use this term.
The ovoid graphic used on this site, including the larger graphic on the homepage, is taken from the First Nation House of Learning’s logo, designed by Tsimshian artist Glen Wood. The ovoid is a common shape used in Northwest Coast Indigenous art and is used here in association with Indigenous initiatives at UBC Vancouver and its location in the Pacific northwest.