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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

Indigenous Student Collegia

We’re excited to announce the opening of a new Indigenous Student Collegium on UBC’s Vancouver campus this September!

The First Nations Longhouse has long been considered a home away from home for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students on UBC’s Vancouver campus. Now there’s a new space inside the Longhouse for Indigenous students to meet and gather.

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 community practices like talking circles. Whether you’re living on or off campus, you’ve been here for a while or you’re just getting started, the Indigenous Student Collegium is another way for you to find and build community at UBC.

Interested in being part of the Indigenous Student Collegium? Sign up for more information here.

Your Schedule

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Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019
Week 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. You are also invited to the Indigenous Collegia to pick up your First Year Indigenous student Survival Kits and to connect with the Indigenous Collegia Advisors.

Thursday, Sep. 5, 2019
Week 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. You are also invited to the Indigenous Collegia to pick up your First Year Indigenous student Survival Kits and to connect with the Indigenous Collegia Advisors.

Friday, Sep. 6, 2019
Week 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. You are also invited to the Indigenous Collegia to pick up your First Year Indigenous student Survival Kits and to connect with the Indigenous Collegia Advisors.

Monday, Sep. 9, 2019
Week 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. You are also invited to the Indigenous Collegia to pick up your First Year Indigenous student Survival Kits and to connect with the Indigenous Collegia Advisors.

Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019
Week 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. You are also invited to the Indigenous Collegia to pick up your First Year Indigenous student Survival Kits and to connect with the Indigenous Collegia Advisors.

Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019
Week 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. You are also invited to the Indigenous Collegia to pick up your First Year Indigenous student Survival Kits and to connect with the Indigenous Collegia Advisors.

Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019
Week 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. You are also invited to the Indigenous Collegia to pick up your First Year Indigenous student Survival Kits and to connect with the Indigenous Collegia Advisors.

Friday, Sep. 13, 2019
Week 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. You are also invited to the Indigenous Collegia to pick up your First Year Indigenous student Survival Kits and to connect with the Indigenous Collegia Advisors.

Friday, Sep. 13, 2019
Indigenous Collegia Presents: Indigenous Students Storm the Aquatic Centre
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Wrap up your first week with dinner and a swim! Connect with new Indigenous Collegia members for an evening pool party at the UBC Aquatic Centre on Friday September 13th from 5:30-8:00 pm. The leisure pool, lazy river, hot tub and sauna will all be open, as well as the diving boards and rope swing. Also, try some sample aquatic classes for free with a friend.This event is free, please be sure to bring your UBC Student card. Meet at the Longhouse at 4:30 pm for dinner, then travel to the Aquatic Centre for the 5:30 pm swim. The UBC Aquatic Centre is located close to the bus loop and across from the Life Building.

Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019
Welcome BBQ
12:30 pm - 2:00 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!

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 9-15

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

  • September 17

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

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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: