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300 Aboriginal Youth Become “UBC Students For A Day”

300 Aboriginal Youth Become “UBC Students For A Day”

More than 300 Aboriginal high school students will become “UBC students for a day” when the 19th Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards come to Vancouver this week….

Aboriginal Youth Circle Brings Together Youth from Across the Province

Aboriginal Youth Circle Brings Together Youth from Across the Province

Aboriginal youth from across the province are being brought together by the UBC Division of Aboriginal People’s Health to engage with peers and role models, and they don’t even have to leave their home communities…

A Powerful Musqueam Welcome to UBC

A Powerful Musqueam Welcome to UBC

On November 3rd, UBC opened the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), the most sustainable building in North America. Kwes Kwestin (Jim Kew), Cultural Representative for the Musqueam Indian Band, spoke to attendees at the opening celebration on behalf of Musqueam. Read his full remarks.

Chief Bobby Joseph addresses the gathering. Photo by Thane Bonar

Aboriginal Leaders, UBC Scholars Gather for Dialogue on Indian Residential Schools

The First Nations House of Learning welcomed nearly 200 senior university administrators, national Aboriginal leaders, faculty members, and residential school survivors on November 1st for a dialogue on the history and legacy of the Indian residential schools and the role that contemporary educational institutions can play in addressing them.

A thicket of kale surrounds researcher Eduardo Jovel and PhD student Alannah Young Leon at UBC Farm. Photo by Martin Dee

Growing social sustainability at UBC Farm

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm hosts a number of indigenous food security initiatives that are seeding social sustainability through the elements of water, earth and community.

Preparing the Meal in the Longhouse kitchen. Photo by Don Erhardt

Feast Bowl: Fostering and Celebrating Well-Being

Through a Healthy Workplace Initiative Program grant, a team from the First Nations House of Learning (FNHL) and the Institute for Aboriginal Health (IAH) has begun hosting a monthly community Feast Bowl meal that celebrates Aboriginal traditions, healthy eating, locally grown food, and the community of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people on the Vancouver […]

Dentistry student Cameron Garrett looks forward to seeing new and familiar faces. Photo by Martin Dee

UBC Dentistry team Serves Penelakut First Nation

Mention a small B.C. island during July and most people assume sun, sand and vacation. For Cameron Garrett, the memorable times on Penelakut Island will revolve around patients. From July 7-10, the UBC Dentistry student – along with 23 other volunteers – will be donating his time and skills to the people of the Penelakut First Nation.

The volunteer team. Photo courtesy of Margaret Sieber

UBC Dentistry Team Serves Penelakut First Nation

This past July [2010], dental and dental hygiene students, alumni and faculty of UBC Dentistry, along with community dentists and other volunteers, donated their time and professional skills to the people of Penelakut First Nation. The community volunteer clinic took place over a weekend on Kuper Island, a small, 8.66-square-kilometre island located east of Chemainus, BC, a town on Vancouver Island.

2009 CEDAR Summer Camp participants enjoy camp activities at the First Nations Longhouse.  Photo submitted by the CEDAR Program.

The CEDAR Summer Camp Program

Submitted by Mette Bach The CEDAR Summer Camp is an initiative that involves at least fifty volunteers from various departments at UBC. The program welcomes forty Aboriginal youth from the Lower Mainland each year to take part in fun experiments, workshops, and hands-on learning. CEDAR, which stands for Cross-cultural Education through Demonstration, Activity and Recreation, […]

Class photo from the Humanities 101 program, April 2008. Photo submitted by Dr. Margo Butler.

Stories from the Humanities 101 Programme

By Dr. Margot Leigh Butler, Academic Director “To me, writing has become a way of coping with life. Ten years ago I was living in the streets of the Downtown Eastside, a chronic alcoholic, a drug addict. I started to attend a life skills class at the Pride Centre. There I analyzed why I was […]