Longhouse

The First Nations Longhouse, a “home away from home” for Aboriginal students, provides a variety of services and is a student community hub. [Click photo to enlarge]

The First Nations Longhouse, a “home away from home,” serves as an intellectual, social, spiritual, and cultural home for Aboriginal students attending UBC. Student facilities include a study space, computer lab, and meeting and gathering rooms. It is also is a central hub for programming, services and events for Aboriginal students, the university, and the wider community.

Read more about the Longhouse after these important notices.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Updated: February 18, 2021
In November 2020, the First Nations House of Learning’s COVID-19 Workspace Safety Plan was vetted and approved by FNHL Director, Dr. Margaret Moss, and the Provost Office. It allows students and staff to re-occupy the First Nations Longhouse on a limited basis, i.e. up to 20 students and six staff at any one time.
However, due to current province-wide restrictions set by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), the Longhouse will remain closed to students until further notice and staff will continue to work primarily offsite. Thank you for your patience.

For information on UBC’s response to COVID-19, visit: https://covid19.ubc.ca/

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PUBLIC NOTICE: October 19, 2020
Please see this Public Notice (pdf) regarding the recent installation of a video security system at the First Nations Longhouse.


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 is the administrative home of the First Nations House of Learning, which manages the building, and the Office of the Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs.

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.

For general inquiries, contact:

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