Destination UBC events for Aboriginal students

Destination UBC events for Aboriginal students

Update 5/14/20

As a result of COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel our in-person Destination UBC events. We’re still looking forward to meeting you, so if you’ve received an offer of admission from UBC Okanagan, or if you are an Indigenous student who has received an offer from either campus, we invite you to experience Destination UBC online. 


When you’ve been admitted to UBC, why wait until the fall to visit campus? You’re invited to spend a weekend with your soon-to-be classmates at Destination UBC and experience UBC life first-hand. Don’t worry about the cost of coming – we’ll cover all of your travel expenses.

Join us on the campus you’ve been admitted to:

  • Okanagan: in Kelowna, on the traditional territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation
  • Vancouver: on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

You’ll participate in a weekend packed full of activities that will allow you to experience residence life, make new friends, meet current students, and connect with UBC’s Aboriginal community.


Why should I attend?

  • Tour the campus and get a feel for university life.
  • Live in UBC residence for the weekend.
  • Explore downtown Vancouver or downtown Kelowna
  • Meet advisors, staff, and current students.
  • Connect with the Aboriginal community and learn about resources and dedicated spaces on campus.


Okanagan campus: Indigenous Student Welcome

As part of the Indigenous Welcome, you’ll enjoy a special welcome lunch and dinner, and meet and mingle with current UBC students. Specialized programs and resources will also be provided throughout the weekend.


“Destination UBC was a lot of fun because we were able to get a glimpse of what university classes would be like, and were able to participate in fun activities. I was able to make friends at Destination that, for my second year, I’ve now decided to live with. I was also able to get a glimpse of all the things that the Aboriginal Centre does for its students, and quickly felt at home there.”

–Mackenzie Griffin, Creative Writing and Cultural Studies, UBC’s Okanagan campus


Vancouver campus: Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome

As part of the Aboriginal Student Welcome, you’ll enjoy a special welcome feast in the First Nations Longhouse and meet and mingle with current UBC students. We’ve prepared community and campus programs for you to help you settle into residence and learn more about UBC life.


I always knew that Vancouver had a big Indigenous culture but I did not know how visible it was at the UBC campus until I attended Destination UBC. I really loved how welcomed I felt and after seeing the campus I felt better about accepting my offer. I started to look forward to leaving home to attend UBC.”

–Cecilia Raweater, First Nations and Indigenous Studies, UBC’s Vancouver campus


Am I eligible to attend?

If you identified as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit on your UBC application, and you live and attended high school in Canada, you are eligible for the Indigenous Welcome and Aboriginal Student Welcome.

Eligible students can register now.



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