Aboriginal students




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

Longhouse Welcome

Greetings! I am writing to add my voice to the many who are welcoming you to UBC and the Vancouver campus. My name is Debra Martel, and I am the Associate Director of the First Nations House of Learning. I want to extend our warmest welcome to you, and to join with you in acknowledging that the UBC Vancouver campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. We invite you to learn more about the long history of Musqueam people in this area, and the partnership UBC has with Musqueam and other Indigenous communities.

I also want to invite you to learn more about the many programs and areas of study addressing Indigenous topics at UBC, and the many ways in which you can meet other Indigenous students, faculty, staff, and community members on campus. One of the best ways to do this is to come to the beautiful First Nations Longhouse on campus for some of the events and programs there. Some of the first in the year are listed below here. You do not need to look a certain way, have a certain history, or study a particular subject to come, meet people, and explore the many groups and events you’ll find there, and you can decide how involved you’d like to be and how often you’d like to drop by: you will always be welcome.

Once in a while, students in their third or fourth year say how much they’ve enjoyed something they’ve found through such contacts—and they say they wish they’d found it sooner. Come by and have a look, and even if you decide the time is not right for you to pursue something, you’ll know some of what’s there when you decide the time is right. Please look for me when you come: I’d love to hear about your interest and what you’ll be studying, and to welcome you in person.

Debra Martel
Associate Director, First Nations House of Learning

Your Schedule

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Tuesday, Sep. 4, 2018
Welcome Back Week
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

During the first week of classes (September 4th – 7th), come by the Longhouse for refreshments, a tour, a locker, and sign-up for the Talking-Stick e-newsletter and fun activities. Learn more about the ‘Get to Know Your Campus’ events and activities. There is also a chance to win prizes. Learn why the First Nations Longhouse is a home-away-from-home for Aboriginal students.

Thursday, Sep. 6, 2018
Welcome to UBC Reception
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The First Nations House of Learning is hosting a Welcome to UBC reception for “New to UBC” Aboriginal students (first-year, transfer, and graduate). Meet faculty, staff, Aboriginal student leaders, and peer tutors, and peer mentors. Relax and enjoy the entertainment. A light meal will be served.

Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018
Welcome BBQ & 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. This event provides an opportunity for everyone to catch-up with each other or find new friends. “New to UBC” Aboriginal students are especially invited to join in this annual event as a way of meeting and becoming part of the Aboriginal community at UBC. Explore the resource booths, discover the student resources and activities that the university has to offer. Prizes to be had. The BBQ is the kick off to the Aboriginal Student Lunches happening Tuesdays in the Longhouse 12:30 – 2:00. The regular lunches offer an opportunity to hear from various faculties and units, but more importantly, network with your peers, enjoy a meal and celebrate as a member of the Longhouse community.

Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018
Welcome to Musqueam Reception
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • 4000 Musqueam Avenue

The Musqueam community with support from the First Nations House of Learning is hosting a Welcome to Musqueam Reception for all “New to UBC” Aboriginal students. This event provides an opportunity for the Musqueam people to share their history and culture, from their perspective and for students to meet the host of the traditional lands UBC resides on. The Culture Center also offers exhibitions highlighting historical cultural objects, and contemporary arts. Light meal will be provided. Buses from the Longhouse will be arranged to support travel needs.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
An Evening with Indigenous Scholars
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The First Nations House of Learning is hosting an Evening with Scholar for all “New to UBC” Aboriginal students. This event provides an opportunity for everyone to connect and hear from professors, instructors, and current UBC students as they uncover the mysteries of the academic world. Discover the richness of the classroom conversations, how to navigate the syllabus, connect with faculty and the possibilities the university has to offer. Light meal will be provided.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
Taking Care of the Essentials
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The First Nations House of Learning is hosting Taking Care of Essentials offering an array of information to support your academic experience and life on campus. Explore the resources, meet key contacts, share your ideas and sign up for future activities. Light meal provided

University-wide events & activities

  • September 4-14

    Connect with students from across the University during AMS Firstweek. There are a number of events to choose from, including a comedy show, pool party and shopping trip.

  • September 6, 10, or 13

    Are you starting your first year at UBC but missed orientation? Not to worry, join International Student Advising for an interactive session about keeping your immigration documents valid and working in Canada. You will also get tips on finding a family doctor, using your health insurance and avoiding unnecessary medical costs.  

    September 6 & 13, 12:30-2:00pm or 3:30-5:00pm (UBC Life Building Multipurpose Room)

    September 10, 11:30am-1:00pm or 4:00-5:30pm (UBC Life Building Multipurpose Room)

    Questions? Email international.house@ubc.ca

  • September 22

    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 11

    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 10-16

    Participate in free recreation classes and sample the many ways you can stay active, at the UBC Recreation Open House.

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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: