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 Linc Kesler, and I am a professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies, and currently the Director of the First Nations House of Learning and Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs. 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.

Dr. Linc Kesler
Director, First Nations House of Learning

Your Schedule

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Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017
Open House
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Come learn why the First Nations Longhouse is a home-away-from-home for Aboriginal students. Discover the student resources and activities that the First Nations House of Learning has to offer. Visit the resource fair and speak with representatives from the Learning Commons, Alma Mater Society, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, among others, and find out what UBC has to offer. Prizes to be had, so come early!

Welcome Reception
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The First Nations House of Learning is hosting a welcome 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. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Tuesday, Sep. 5, 2017
Welcome Back Week
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

During the first week of classes, come by the Longhouse for refreshments, a tour, a locker, and sign-up for a chance to win prizes.

Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017
Welcome BBQ
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The First Nations House of Learning is hosting a Welcome BBQ for new and returning Aboriginal students. This event provides an opportunity for everyone to connect and catch-up with other students, faculty and staff. “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.

University-wide events & activities

  • September 2-16

    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 8, 12, or 18

    If you are a new international student who didn't participate in Jump Start, or International Graduate Student Orientation, attend this session to get crucial information regarding the immigration and health insurance documents you need to maintain during your studies.

    The session will be offered from 11:30 AM - 1 PM and 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, and will be held in the Upper Lounge at International House, located at 1783 West Mall. You can choose the session that works best with your schedule.  

    Questions? Email international.house@ubc.ca.

  • September 16

    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 12

    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 11-17

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

  • September 19-22

    Explore the 350+ AMS clubs on campus at AMS Clubs Days. Clubs are a great way to try new things and explore your different interests, in addition to helping you find small communities on campus. If you don't see a club that appeals to you, consider starting your own!

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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: