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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 […]

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Indigenous Graduation Celebration Spring 2021

On Saturday, May 29, 2021, starting at 11 a.m., the First Nations House of Learning is hosting a virtual graduation celebration to honour and recognize the educational achievements of participating Indigenous graduates. This virtual event it offered in place of the usual in-person celebration at the First Nations Longhouse, which will resume once COVID-19 related […]

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 […]

The Honourable Steven Point (xwĕ lī qwĕl tĕl), UBC's 19th Chancellor. 
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First Nations House of Learning welcomes installation of Chancellor Point at historic ceremony

At a historic ceremony this week, President Santa Ono officially installed the Honourable Steven Point (xwĕ lī qwĕl tĕl) as UBC’s 19th Chancellor. For the first time, the installation ceremony, like other events held during this time of COVID-19 precautions, was a virtual affair. Watch: UBC Chancellor’s Installation Ceremony 2020 In another first, the President […]

First Nations House of Learning Statement on Louis Riel Day

First Nations House of Learning Statement on Louis Riel Day

Today, November 16, 2020, is the 135th anniversary of the execution of famed Métis leader, Louis Riel. Thus, it is a day for sombre contemplation of the person, but more so the struggle he led to have Métis land rights, culture and autonomy formally recognized during Canada’s era of westward expansion. Notably, on two occasions, […]

New Indigenous Strategic Plan establishes UBC’s role in upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples

New Indigenous Strategic Plan establishes UBC’s role in upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples

UBC marks a significant milestone in its commitment to truth and reconciliation with the launch of a new Indigenous Strategic Plan. Moreover, it is the first university in North America to commit to taking a human rights-based approach to its Indigenous strategic framework.

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Indigenous Graduation Celebration Spring 2020

On Saturday, June 27, 2020, the First Nations House of Learning hosted a virtual graduation celebration to honour and recognize the educational achievements of participating Indigenous graduates. This year’s virtual offering replaced the usual in-person event held at the First Nations Longhouse, which wasn’t held due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Similar to […]

Mique Michelle and the Mamawi Summer Camp Participants of 2018. Photo credit: Terrence Sutherland

Language revitalization as a site for reconciliation

Language revitalization could serve as a site for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the town of Kapuskasing. That’s according to Language Sciences affiliate member, UBC Interdisciplinary Studies alumna and University of Western Ontario doctoral student Ricki-Lynn Achilles, who is working with Terrence Sutherland, Kapuskasing Friendship Centre cultural resource coordinator, to run a language […]