Statement from UBC First Nations House of Learning Leadership

Statement from UBC First Nations House of Learning Leadership

On behalf of the University, I wish to address recent concerns regarding Buffy Sainte-Marie and her claimed Indigenous identity. We recognize and acknowledge the deep sadness, hurt, anger, and array of emotions that Indigenous people may be experiencing in the wake of these allegations. To the Indigenous students, faculty, staff and community members at UBC: […]

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Fall 2023

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Fall 2023

On Saturday, November 25th, the First Nations House of Learning hosted a graduation celebration at the First Nations Longhouse to honour participating Indigenous graduates from the Fall Class of 2023. Longhouse Ceremonial Door The event saw Indigenous students called into Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall through a ceremonial door, whereupon each was individually acknowledged by a gathering […]

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Spring 2023

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Spring 2023

On Saturday, June 3rd, the First Nations House of Learning hosted a graduation celebration at the First Nations Longhouse to honour participating Indigenous graduates from the Spring Class of 2023. The event saw Indigenous students walking through the Longhouse’s ceremonial door into Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, whereupon each was acknowledged by a gathering of families and […]

‘Truth before reconciliation’: A message from the President and Provost

‘Truth before reconciliation’: A message from the President and Provost

A Message to UBC Vancouver on behalf of the President and Vancouver Provost January 17, 2023 – To quote the UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan, “Truth before Reconciliation,” all of our actions need to be based on a fundamental commitment to truth, to openness and transparency, and to humility. We know that this has been a […]

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Fall 2022

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Fall 2022

On Saturday, November 26th, the First Nations House of Learning hosted a graduation celebration at the First Nations Longhouse to honour participating Indigenous graduates from the Fall 2022 class, including participating graduates from the Class of 2020 and 2021, who due to COVID-19 protection measures had missed out on an in-person event. The event saw […]

UBC Farm’s Indigenous Garden selected for Canada’s Garden Hall of Fame

UBC Farm’s Indigenous Garden selected for Canada’s Garden Hall of Fame

Gardens Canada has selected the Indigenous Health Research and Education Garden — xʷc̓ic̓əsəm Garden — at the UBC Farm to Canada’s Garden Hall of Fame, as part of the 2000-2022 class. The Indigenous Garden, led Dr. Eduardo Jovel, who is currently the interim director of the First Nations House of Learning until June 30, 2022, […]

FNHL statement on first anniversary of #215

FNHL statement on first anniversary of #215

The First Nations House of Learning remembers and acknowledges the first anniversary of the tragic news that 215 unmarked graves were discovered on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc. We feel sorrow and sadness surrounding these children’s deaths and for those whose unmarked graves […]

FNHL Statement on Red Dress Day

FNHL Statement on Red Dress Day

Today, on National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, also known as Red Dress Day, the First Nations House of Learning stands in solidarity with the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and relatives. As we honour their lives, and acknowledge the pain and sorrow felt by their […]

Verna Kirkness: Recalling the birth of the Ts”kel Program

Verna Kirkness: Recalling the birth of the Ts”kel Program

When I recently learned about UBC’s new Master of Education in Indigenous Education I was delighted, as it brought back fond memories from 38 years ago (1984) when First Nations students were provided their first opportunity to pursue a Master of Education with First Nations content. As it happened, NITEP graduate, Sharon Mack, who was […]

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Spring 2022

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Spring 2022

On Saturday, May 28th, the First Nations House of Learning hosted a graduation celebration event at the First Nations Longhouse to honour 60 participating Indigenous graduates from the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 classes, from a combined total of 260 Indigenous graduates at UBC Vancouver. The event saw Indigenous students walking through the Longhouse’s ceremonial […]