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Open Letter: Reconciliation Pole vandalized on eve of second anniversary

Open Letter: Reconciliation Pole vandalized on eve of second anniversary

April 1, 2019 – Today is the second anniversary of the installation of the Reconciliation Pole, carved by 7idansuu (Edenshaw), James Hart, Haida Hereditary Chief and Master Carver. On this day two years ago, as many may recall, the event began with dark clouds overhead but then ended under a clear blue sky as the […]

Musqueam flag raised at UBC

Musqueam flag raised at UBC

The flag of the Musqueam Indian Band was permanently raised on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus today, thus formally signifying the university’s recognition of the Musqueam.

AMS apologizes to Indigenous peoples

AMS apologizes to Indigenous peoples

Last month, UBC Alma Mater Society President Marium Hamid delivered an apology to Indigenous peoples during a meeting with Indigenous students at the First Nations Longhouse. AMS expressed on behalf of 56,000 current undergraduate and graduate students of the University of British Columbia its “profound regret” for not making “serious efforts to advance reconciliation or […]

Indigenous high school students get inspired at UBC

Indigenous high school students get inspired at UBC

This past May, the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program and UBC hosted 31 Indigenous high school students, where they immersed themselves into campus life, including enjoying quality time in science and engineering labs doing hands-on research. In addition to being mentored by professors and graduate-level students, the grade 11 and 12 students […]

Miles, Noah and Keegan Marchand with their grandparents, Donna and Leonard Marchand.

Continuing a legacy through medicine

June 21, 2018 – When brothers Miles, Noah and Keegan Marchand are asked who inspired them to become doctors, it’s the image of their late grandfather, the Honourable Leonard Marchand, that first comes to mind. “I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a doctor, in large part because of my granddad. […]

Retired Canadian diplomat and successful business leader John Bell is continuing his father’s legacy of advancing Aboriginal education through a planned gift to the First Nations House of Learning.
Photo Credit: Martin Dee

Bell Family Legacy Supports First Nations House of Learning

June 5, 2018 – Retired Canadian diplomat and Corporate Director, John P. Bell, a graduate of UBC Commerce class of 1962, recently provided for a gift in his will to support the First Nations House of Learning at UBC, which is housed in the First Nations Longhouse. His father, businessman and philanthropist Jack Bell, was […]

FNHL Graduation Celebration 2018

FNHL Graduation Celebration 2018

May 28, 2018 – On Saturday, May 26th, the First Nations House of Learning held its annual graduation celebration for participating Indigenous graduates at the UBC First Nations Longhouse (see video below). This year’s turnout was higher than most, with 58 of 211 eligible graduates celebrating, along with family, friends and supporters. The keynote was […]

Benjamin Cheung

Opinion: Reconciliation includes an Indigenous education

May 17, 2018 – I recently completed Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education, a free Massive Open Online Course commendably delivered by UBC Professor Jan Hare of the Faculty of Education and her team. I found the course remarkable for the amount of Indigenous history, cultural practices, and worldviews it covered. But to truly appreciate the importance […]

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond joins Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and Allard School of Law

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond joins Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and Allard School of Law

April 26, 2018 – Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, a renowned Indigenous Canadian judge, lawyer and advocate for children and Indigenous restorative justice, has joined UBC as the inaugural director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) and as a professor with the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Turpel-Lafond, or Aki-kwe, is Cree […]

Musqueam street signs at UBC

Musqueam street signs at UBC

Musqueam street signs, created in partnership with the Musqueam First Nation, give both a bilingual experience while travelling on campus and acknowledge the linguistic heritage of the UBC Vancouver campus. The names do not refer to traditional sites but instead to UBC’s geography.