Longhouse

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

IMPORTANT NOTICE: September 9, 2022: The First Nations House of Learning is currently not accepting rental requests for the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall. The priority during Term 1 of the 2022 Winter Session is to welcome Indigenous students and associated stakeholders/partners back to the Longhouse after a long absence due to COVID-19 restrictions and building construction. Please return to this page in the coming months for an update on the Great Hall’s general availability. Thank you for your patience as we transition back to normal operation.

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 lounge, computer lab, and various meeting spaces. Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall provides a space for academic programming as well as student-orientated events.

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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