UBC is dedicated to supporting the educational and cultural needs of Aboriginal students while fostering connections and building networks. Discover your community and find support through Aboriginal-focused programs and services, and spaces on campus to connect with your peers.
We want you to feel a sense of community and belonging on UBC’s campuses, and that means delivering activities and programs tailored to Aboriginal students. We want to help you connect with one another and engage in fun and enriching experiences.
The Aboriginal Student Orientation on the Okanagan campus welcomes all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students who are new to UBC and want to meet their peers while exploring the campus in an inclusive environment. Attend this free, informative event to discover the Okanagan campus and seek out your new community of like-minded students.
Every Tuesday on UBC’s Vancouver campus, the UBC Aboriginal student community comes together for a lunch and Information Session in Sty-Wet-Tan, the Great Hall of the First Nations Longhouse. The First Nations House of Learning organizes the event, and a different program, club, or organization hosts the lunch each week and provides students with information about the diverse range of opportunities and services available.
The student-run Indigenous Student Association on the Okanagan campus and Indigenous Student Association on the Vancouver campus host cultural and social events for the Aboriginal student bodies and strive to represent the Aboriginal presence at the university. Connect with fellow Aboriginal students during bowling nights, hear about the latest speaking engagements and events, find volunteer opportunities, and discover what your peers are doing to get involved on campus. The groups encourage their members to engage with and learn about Indigenous cultural practices while building a sense of community through social events.
Join students in the First Nations Studies Student Association who are creating a dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples on the Vancouver campus around issues that affect indigenous communities on campus, in Vancouver, in Canada, and around the world. Meet new people at one of the group’s pow-wows, help out with a bannock sale to support women on the Downtown Eastside, or be part of a collaborative event with the Indigenous Law Student Association.
Learn more about the rich cultural and historical legacy of the Musqueam First Nation through the weekly Musqueam 101 community meal and speaker series. Socialize with Musqueam community members and UBC educators while enjoying speakers ranging from visual artists and lawyers, to marine biologists, authors, and anthropologists.
While UBC encourages students to explore a number of spaces on both campuses, there are many dedicated spaces for the Indigenous community. These spaces provide a place where you can spend time with classmates, catch up on your studies, or connect with other Aboriginal students in a relaxing and welcoming environment. Many of these spaces are also access points for a number of student services, including writing and math tutors, academic advising, accredited counsellors, student health nurses, and even financial advising.
The Aboriginal Centre on UBC’s Okanagan campus is your home away from home and your space to connect with your Aboriginal peers. Make yourself comfortable here – use the computers, eat your lunch – and access Aboriginal Programs and Services for academic and personal support.
The Longhouse on UBC’s Vancouver campus is home to the First Nations House of Learning and is your go-to place to access Aboriginal programs and services. The Longhouse has spaces to socialize and study, an event hall, and also provides access to 12 state-of-the-art computer work stations that are loaded with software to help with your studies, papers, and projects.
Visit the Xwi7xwa Library, your centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship on the Vancouver campus. Discover the library’s collections and services that reflect Aboriginal approaches to teaching, learning, and research.
Looking for inspiration? Visit the Museum of Anthropology on the Vancouver campus to experience world arts and cultures with a special emphasis on the First Nations peoples and other cultural communities of British Columbia, Canada. Take part in public programs and events such as the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival or the First Peoples Festival, and enjoy spectacular artwork from renowned Aboriginal artists.
UBC offers culturally appropriate services and support to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students on both campuses. Access academic advising, peer mentorship programs, network with other Aboriginal students, or relax between classes in dedicated Aboriginal spaces. The Aboriginal Programs and Services on UBC’s Okanagan campus the Aboriginal Portal on UBC’s Vancouver campus are your resources for all of your academic and personal support needs.
The Access Studies Program on the Okanagan campus prepares you to transition to degree studies in a formal and supportive university setting, combining both academic and non-academic activities. The program includes campus orientation, academic planning, tutoring, weekly workshops, plus social and cultural events throughout the year, and will give you the support and tools you need for academic and social success.
Aboriginal Academic Programs on the Vancouver campus address Aboriginal topics and many courses have significant Aboriginal or Indigenous content. Check out the Aboriginal Teacher Education program, First Nations and Indigenous Studies, Community and Aboriginal Forestry, and other programs like them.
UBC has almost $100,000 in Major Entrance Scholarships for Aboriginal secondary school students, and 25 awards totalling approximately $35,000 in bursaries, scholarships, and awards for Canadian Aboriginal students. Several of these awards are also available to students in Aboriginal-focused course work.
If you need help with your financial planning, awards, or sponsorship billing, please contact:
Enrolment Services Professional/Financial Aid Officer
UBC invites all qualified Canadian Aboriginal students to apply to the University’s various faculties, schools, and programs. UBC’s Aboriginal Admission Policy assists applicants who do not meet the current competitive admission cut-off set by the individual faculties and schools, but who meet other university-wide requirements. Applicants who wish to be considered under this admission category must self-identify as Aboriginal upon application for admission to the University.
If you’re an Aboriginal student seeking admission to UBC, you’re encouraged to contact:
Recruiter Advisor, Aboriginal students
Associate Recruiter Advisor, Aboriginal students
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