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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.

Patrons interacting with the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre's information display on opening day. Photo: UBC/Paul Joseph

UBC apologizes to Indian residential school survivors at centre opening

April 18, 2018 – Last week, on April 9th, more than 1000 people gathered inside and outside of a protective rain shelter to witness the opening of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, which also included UBC President Santa J. Ono apologizing to survivors of Indian residential schools for the university’s involvement in […]

CEIH co-director Dr. Nadine Caron
Photo credit: Faculty of Medicine/Martin Dee

New UBC public health program will train Indigenous health leaders

March 9, 2018 – A new public health program offered at the University of British Columbia aims to address health inequities by training Indigenous health leaders working in communities across the country. The Certificate, and Graduate Certificate, in Indigenous Public Health Program – representing the first of its kind in Canada – will be available […]

Dave Robinson (standing), Monica Treanor (far right, sitting), Ryan Isaacson (Teaching Assistant, far left, sitting), and Mrs. Treanor's Grade 6/7 class pose with "Sir Sandford's Seal" at the conclusion of the oiling ceremony held at the UBC First Nations Longhouse.

UBC NITEP student talks about his ‘remarkable’ practicum project

March 5, 2018 – Fourth-year teacher candidate, Dave Robinson, with the UBC Indigenous Teacher Education Program, and Vancouver School Board Grade 6/7 teacher, Monica Treanor, with Sir Sandford Fleming Elementary School, recently completed a five-month carving project with her class. Over this period, an 80-centimetre red cedar sculpture was hand-carved and sanded by Mr. Robinson […]

Boil-water advisories lifted for B.C. First Nations with treatment system designed by UBC engineers

Boil-water advisories lifted for B.C. First Nations with treatment system designed by UBC engineers

Feb 21, 2018 – For the first time in decades, two remote First Nations communities in Lytton, B.C. have access to safe drinking water – thanks to a point-of-entry treatment system designed by University of British Columbia engineers in collaboration with the communities, industry and government. The setup delivers a minimum of 400 litres a […]

Dr. Nadine Caron, co-director of UBC's Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health.

Future health professionals get crucial Indigenous culture training

October 20, 2017 – Students from 11 of UBC’s health-related programs will come together for the first time on Thursday for a new learning experience designed to help them better serve Indigenous people. The UBC 23-24 Indigenous Cultural Safety Interdisciplinary Learning Experience was launched this month as a required component for students in medicine, genetic […]