FNHL Stories

‘Thank you’ gathering for Verna Kirkness, Ni-Jing-Jada (“Longhouse Lady”)

‘Thank you’ gathering for Verna Kirkness, Ni-Jing-Jada (“Longhouse Lady”)

On the eve of National Day of Indigenous Peoples, about 100 friends, associates, and admirers of Cree scholar and lifelong educator, Dr. Verna Kirkness, CM OM, came together from across UBC Vancouver and beyond to celebrate her career and legacy, and to say ‘thank you’ before she returns to Manitoba in July. The First Nations […]

Welcome to FNHL’s new website

Welcome to FNHL’s new website

Welcome to our new website! After many years of maintaining a low online profile, our unit recently decided to create a website to educate and inform First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, staff, and faculty about our array of services and activities, including our many campus partnerships, as well as the institutional leadership and representation […]

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Spring 2024

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Spring 2024

On Saturday, May 25th, the First Nations House of Learning hosted a graduation celebration to honour Indigenous graduates from the Spring Class of 2024. The event, held at the First Nations Longhouse, saw 44 participating Indigenous students called into Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall through the ceremonial door. As each entered, they were ceremoniously transformed from student […]

About our logo

About our logo

Tsimshian artist Glen Wood created the First Nations House of Learning logo. It consists of a human face surrounded by two ravens, which also form the frame of a longhouse. The face is a humanoid with frog-­‐like features and represents First Nations people. The house design represents the university, or “House of Learning,” which is […]

UBC Indigenous Career Fair 2024

UBC Indigenous Career Fair 2024

Are you in search of summer work opportunities or a pathway into your career post-graduation? The First Nations House of Learning invites Indigenous students to UBC’s inaugural Indigenous Career Fair on Thursday, February 1st, from 3:30–5:30pm at Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall. Prospective employers representing a variety of sectors will offer insights into their summer internship openings, […]

Indigenous Winter Craft Fair 2023

Indigenous Winter Craft Fair 2023

The First Nations House of Learning is hosting an Indigenous Winter Craft Fair on Thursday, December 7th, from 3–5pm at Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall. The UBC community is invited to attend this exciting fair, which celebrates Indigenous art and artisans. Indigenous students, faculty, staff, and community members will be displaying and selling their art and handmade […]

Statement from UBC First Nations House of Learning Leadership

Statement from UBC First Nations House of Learning Leadership

On behalf of the University, I wish to address recent concerns regarding Buffy Sainte-Marie and her claimed Indigenous identity. We recognize and acknowledge the deep sadness, hurt, anger, and array of emotions that Indigenous people may be experiencing in the wake of these allegations. To the Indigenous students, faculty, staff and community members at UBC: […]

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Fall 2023

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Fall 2023

On Saturday, November 25th, the First Nations House of Learning hosted a graduation celebration at the First Nations Longhouse to honour participating Indigenous graduates from the Fall Class of 2023. Longhouse Ceremonial Door The event saw Indigenous students called into Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall through a ceremonial door, whereupon each was individually acknowledged by a gathering […]

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Spring 2023

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Spring 2023

On Saturday, June 3rd, the First Nations House of Learning hosted a graduation celebration at the First Nations Longhouse to honour participating Indigenous graduates from the Spring Class of 2023. The event saw Indigenous students walking through the Longhouse’s ceremonial door into Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, whereupon each was acknowledged by a gathering of families and […]

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Fall 2022

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Fall 2022

On Saturday, November 26th, the First Nations House of Learning hosted a graduation celebration to honour Indigenous graduates from the Fall Class of 2022. The event, held at the First Nations Longhouse, saw participating Indigenous students called into Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall through the ceremonial door. As each entered, they were ceremoniously transformed from student to […]