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]


IMPORTANT NOTICE: August 30, 2021: The First Nations House of Learning is pleased and excited to announce that the Longhouse re-opens on Tuesday, September 7th. Opening hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Note that during Term 1 usage will be limited to Indigenous student programming in Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, as well as a designated student lounge and study space. This is attributed to the Indigenous Students Collegium space undergoing a major renovation and expansion of the building’s east wing. Access during this time is through the west entrance on Lower Mall Rd and a non-accessible (stairs only) entrance on the north side. To address on-going COVID-19 concerns, masks are required until further notice. We look forward to seeing you in the Longhouse.

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 installation of a video security system at the First Nations Longhouse.


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.

For general inquiries, contact:

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