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The First Nations Longhouse serves as a “home away from home,” as well as an academic, social, spiritual, and cultural hub for Indigenous students attending UBC. Student facilities include a study space, computer lab, and various meeting places. The Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall is frequently used for academic programming, service delivery and events attended by Indigenous students, faculty, and others across the university.
The Longhouse also hosts the Indigenous Student Collegium, a peer-run space where students can connect with an Indigenous elder or UBC professor, make lunch or meet up with friends between classes, or take part in cultural practices like smudging and talking circles.
The Longhouse hosts the administrative office of the First Nations House of Learning, which manages the facility.
Opened in 1993, this award-winning building is constructed with Western redcedar logs and was designed to reflect the architectural traditions of Coast Salish-styled longhouses. It includes Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, a dramatic 3,600 square foot multi-purpose space that is adorned with beautifully carved houseposts and beams, all of which provides a wonderful setting for any gathering. Sty-Wet-Tan is a hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ or Musqueam term, meaning spirit of the west wind.
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