The First Nations Longhouse 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.
In addition, the Longhouse 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 also hosts the administrative offices of the First Nations House of Learning, which administers 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.
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