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Volunteers working at the Indigenous Health Research and Education Garden, UBC Farm. Photo: Olivia Szostek

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, […]

UBC Indigenous Graduation Celebration Fall 2019

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 […]

Image: ʔəlqsən (hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ word for ‘point of land’) art installation: yə́χʷəleʔ (eagle) panel with sce:ɬtən (salmon) and sθəqəy̓ (sockeye) | Artist: Brent Sparrow, Musqueam | Location: UBC Vancouver

New Master of Education in Indigenous Education launched

UBC Faculty of Education will be home to British Columbia’s first Master of Education in Indigenous Education, after receiving approval from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. To offer a new degree program, public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia must apply to the Ministry in accordance with the Degree Program Review Criteria and […]

Dr. Eduardo Jovel appointed interim Director of the First Nations House of Learning

Dr. Eduardo Jovel appointed interim Director of the First Nations House of Learning

The following message was originally issued by Prof. Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver. Dr. Eduardo Jovel has been appointed as the Interim Director of the First Nations House of Learning, effective December 1, 2021. He joins FNHL at this time while Dr. Margaret Moss, Associate Professor, UBC School of Nursing, and Director, […]

Longhouse Ceremonial Door

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Spring 2021

On Saturday, May 29, 2021, the First Nations House of Learning hosted a virtual graduation celebration to honour and recognize the educational achievements of participating Indigenous graduates from the UBC Vancouver campus. This virtual event was offered in place of the usual in-person celebration at the First Nations Longhouse, which will resume once COVID-19 restrictions […]

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 […]

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, […]

Longhouse Ceremonial Door

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 […]

Online book celebrating UBC Indigenous honorary degree recipients released

Online book celebrating UBC Indigenous honorary degree recipients released

In honour of this year’s National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st and in anticipation of the upcoming virtual Indigenous graduation celebration on June 27th, the First Nations House of Learning is pleased to release The Honour of One is the Honour of All, a virtual sourcebook produced in tribute to the Indigenous individuals who […]

UBC welcomes Bernard C. Perley as new Director of the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies

UBC welcomes Bernard C. Perley as new Director of the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies

Dr. Bernard C. Perley is an Indigenous anthropologist and leading scholar in the field of language revitalization. The University of British Columbia welcomes Dr. Bernard C. Perley as the new Director of the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS) in the Faculty of Arts. An Indigenous anthropologist and leading scholar in the field of language […]