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WELCOME!

Find everything you need to know about what's planned for you at the Longhouse, with your faculty, and Imagine UBC on this page. Check back regularly, as events details are subject to change.

In addition to these great events, your orientation to UBC will be comprised of a wide range of events being hosted from across the University. Learn more

These events are open to self-identified Indigenous students, faculty, staff and their guests.

Longhouse Welcome

Hello! Dosha! My name is Margaret Moss. I am the director of the First Nations House of Learning (FNHL), located in the First Nations Longhouse. I am also a professor in the School of Nursing. I am an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota – the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation – with equal lineage to the Dakota in Saskatchewan.

The UBC Vancouver campus sits on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. We hope you learn about the Musqueam and their history during your time at UBC.

As FNHL director, I am happy to tell you about some of the things we provide to help make your experience here at UBC even more fulfilling. We offer at the Longhouse health and wellness programming, multipurpose space, and various services for Indigenous students. These include:

  • free weekly lunches in the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall with short informational sessions at the end of each to apprise students of programs and opportunities around campus;
  • studying, socializing and meeting space, including computer room;
  • academic, social, and wellness events;
  • kitchenette to prepare and warm up food;
  • tutoring and counseling services; and
  • student communications

The Longhouse is tagged as a “Home Away from Home” for Indigenous students. We hope you will ‘come home’ and visit, no matter where your original home is, your level of study, or your unease at approaching this ‘new to you’ place.

We are here to welcome you!

– Margaret P. Moss, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN

Your Schedule

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Monday, Sep. 9, 2019
Welcome of Welcome
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

During the first full week of classes come by the Longhouse for refreshments, a tour, a locker, and fun activities. Come see why the First Nations Longhouse is a home-away-from-home for Aboriginal students.

Indigenous Student Collegium Grand Opening
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Come celebrate the opening of the Indigenous Student Collegium, meet your Collegia Advisors and Prof/Elder in Residence.

Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019
Welcome of Welcome
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

During the first full week of classes come by the Longhouse for refreshments, a tour, a locker, and fun activities. Come see why the First Nations Longhouse is a home-away-from-home for Aboriginal students.

Welcome BBQ and Resource Fair
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The First Nations House of Learning is hosting a Welcome BBQ and Resource Fair for all new and returning Aboriginal students, staff and faculty. Explore the resource booths, discover the student resources and activities that the university has to offer. Prizes draws as well!

Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019
Welcome of Welcome
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

During the first full week of classes come by the Longhouse for refreshments, a tour, a locker, and fun activities. Come see why the First Nations Longhouse is a home-away-from-home for Aboriginal students.

Indigenous Scholars Evening
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This event provides an opportunity for students to connect and hear from professors, instructors, and current UBC students. Discover how to navigate the syllabus, connect with faculty and the possibilities the university has to offer. Light meal will be provided.

Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019
Welcome of Welcome
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

During the first full week of classes come by the Longhouse for refreshments, a tour, a locker, and fun activities. Come see why the First Nations Longhouse is a home-away-from-home for Aboriginal students.

Elders Tea
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Connect with Indigenous Elders in your community from many different nations. Come with curiosity, an open heart and a thirst for tea.

Friday, Sep. 13, 2019
Welcome of Welcome
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

During the first full week of classes come by the Longhouse for refreshments, a tour, a locker, and fun activities. Come see why the First Nations Longhouse is a home-away-from-home for Aboriginal students.

University-wide events & activities

  • September 3-13

    AMS Firstweek is a two-week orientation that hosts over thirty events that cater to a range of interests and dynamics. We know how confusing your first week can be so we’re here to share all that UBC and Vancouver have to offer, right at your fingertips. For your first-year essentials and an all-access wristband, which gives you entry to most events, buy your Firstweek Kit and be worry-free in your transition to university!

  • September 5 + 12

    Unlocking your study permit: Tools for success as a UBC international student
    This event is highly recommended for all international students.

    Arriving after orientation? Join Late Start International Welcome as our International Student Advisors take you through an interactive session on how to unlock the benefits of your study permit, understand what you need to work in Canada, and make the best use of your health insurance plans. You’ll take away a series of tools that you can use in your first year and beyond.

    Thursday, Sept 5, 2019 12:00-1:30pm

    Thursday, Sept 12, 2019 4:00-5:30pm

    Both sessions will be hosted in Room 1501 at the UBC Life Building, 6138 Student Union Boulevard.

  • September 14

    Homecoming is the perfect way to have some fun with the UBC community, take part in campus traditions, and cheer on the UBC Thunderbirds.

  • September 10

    Aboriginal students are invited to the First Nations House of Learning Welcome BBQ to connect with the Longhouse community and the many resources offered.

  • September 9-15

    Participate in free recreation classes and sample the many ways you can stay active through UBC Recreation's Free Week!

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Events & activities in your faculty

A great way to help you get orientated to life in your Faculty is by attending an Undergraduate Society event. Your Undergraduate Society is the student government located in your faculty. Events they host vary between faculties, but they are all designed to help you have fun, meet people and find your place in your Faculty community. Learn more about your faculty/school’s specific programming: