Longhouse

The First Nations Longhouse, a “home away from home” for Aboriginal students, is a magnificent Coast Salish-style building that provides a place to study or relax between classes, take part in cultural events, and access services.
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The First Nations Longhouse is a central hub for programming, services and events for Aboriginal students, the university, and the wider community, including being the administrative site for the First Nations House of Learning and the Indigenous Teachers Education Program. Adjacent to the Longhouse is Xwi7xwa Library.

More specifically, the Longhouse serves as the intellectual, social, spiritual, and cultural home for Aboriginal students attending UBC.

Opened in 1993, this award-winning building, which is constructed with Western redcedar logs, 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.

Student facilities include study space, a computer lab, and meeting and gathering rooms.

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.

For general inquiries, contact:

FNHL Reception
T: 604-822-8940
E: fnhl.reception@ubc.ca