Staff Members


First Nations House of Learning and Xwi7xwa Library staff and student staff


Chio Gonzalez

Research and Communications Assistant

I am a Filipino immigrant from Manila and uninvited guest on Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh lands.

I support our unit’s internal and external communications and research activities.


Christine Wasiak

Longhouse Building Manager

Born to a post-World War 2 European refugee, I am an ally who has had the privilege of serving the Longhouse community since 2001.

I work to make Longhouse and Xwi7xwa Library spaces comfortable for Indigenous, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students and stakeholders.


Cody Bugler

Student Engagement Coordinator

I am nêhiyaw (Cree) from Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Treaty 6 territory, and an uninvited guest on Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh lands.

I coordinate Indigenous student programming and events at the Longhouse.


Helal Rajabi

Administrative Manager

I am Hazara from Afghanistan and an uninvited settler working and residing on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh.

I am responsible for day-to-day financial and human resource administration for the unit.


Henry Ornar

Administrative Support I (Facilities/Reception)

I am of Métis and settler descent.

In addition to being the first point of contact for Longhouse visitors, I support events and building operations.


Jackson Farmer

Musqueam and UBC Youth Educational and Bridge Through Sport Coordinator


Joely Viveiros

Associate Director/Acting Director

I am Gitxsan from the community of Gitwangak, located in northwestern BC, with familial ties to Haisla in Kitamaat.

I manage the operations of the First Nations House of Learning and Longhouse activities, and participate in UBC-wide Indigenous engagement meetings.


Kevin Ward

Research and Communications Officer

I am a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, located in Treaty 8 territory, now living and working on beautiful Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh lands.

I support our unit’s mandate through various communications and research activities.


Larry Grant

Elder-In-Residence

Elder Grant offers a Musqueam welcome at Indigenous student lunches and related events.


Mischa Makortoff

Executive Coordinator

I am a settler with mixed Russian Doukhobor, Scottish, and Irish heritage and an uninvited guest on the traditional, unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

I coordinate executive meetings and assist with event planning.


Samika Bhimani

Community Programs Assistant

I am an uninvited settler from Mumbai, India working and residing on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh.

I support the administration and facilitation of student programming and events at the Longhouse.


Tanya Boult

Indigenous Collegium Coordinator

I am Oji-Cree from Treaty 4 territory in Saskatchewan and a registered member of the Keeseekoose First Nation.

I guide and support student advisors to become leaders in the šxʷta:təχʷəm student space.


Vacant, Director


Updated: July 4, 2024