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WELCOME!

Find everything you need to know about what's planned for Indigenous students for your UBC Orientations experience. 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.

These events are open to self-identified Indigenous students, faculty, staff and their guests.

Longhouse Welcome

Hello! Dosha! My name is Margaret Moss. I am the director of the First Nations House of Learning (FNHL), located in the First Nations Longhouse at the UBC Vancouver Campus. I am also an associate professor in the School of Nursing. I am an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota – the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation – with equal lineage in a Dakhóta First Nation Saskatchewan.

The UBC Vancouver campus respectfully acknowledges its location on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. We hope you will learn more about the Musqueam, the land and their history during your time at UBC.

 As the FNHL director, I am delighted to inform you about some of what we provide to help make your experience here at UBC even more fulfilling as a continuous approach to strengthening a sense of community on campus. The Longhouse hosts exciting social and cultural events, the Indigenous Student Collegium (ISC) is here for all who want to become members and provides a “home away from home”, health and wellness programming, and numerous services for Indigenous students including, counselling services, social programs and tutoring.

 The Longhouse itself is designated as a "Home Away from Home" for Indigenous students. I am pleased to announce that we are prepared to safely head back to the physical space at the Longhouse. We are excited to welcome you all back to the Longhouse.

We are here to welcome you!

Margaret Moss

Vancouver Indigenous Student Collegia

Welcome to UBC! The Vancouver Indigenous Student Collegium (VISC) is a community for all Indigenous students at all levels to come and connect with their peers. In this Indigenous-focused space you will have the opportunity to connect with outstanding student leaders (Collegium Advisors) Karsen Black Water, Frances Butterfield, Daniel Harris, Issac Hill, Breeya Matheson, and Rose Steele, all of whom are here to help you navigate the Vancouver campus and discover resources and opportunities that matter to You.

Located in the First Nations Longhouse, and administered by the First Nations House of Learning, your VISC is a great place to feel connected to the UBC Indigenous community. Join your Collegium Advisors daily to take part in social programming and events, learn about cultural practices, or just relax before or after a class. Whatever your reason for coming and hanging out there will always be someone there who understands or shares the same student experience as you.

Interested in being part of Vancouver Indigenous Students Collegium? Register here: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a3rfbTTXOyl8SCG

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Wednesday, September 1
EIO & FNHL BIPOC Get Connected
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
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Curious what it's like to be navigating campus as a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and all people of colour) student? Are you wondering where to meet other BIPOC students or how to get involved in clubs and groups on campus? Then you're invited to our next BIPOC Get Connected, with amazing FREE FOOD, and a phenomenal student panel to share experiences, student advice, and helpful resources to share!

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Tea & Coffee
9:00 am

Drop by the First Nations Longhouse for coffee or tea!

Smudging
9:00 am - 9:30 am

Start the day in a good way with a smudge at the Sacred Circle at the Longhouse - open to all students, staff, & faculty

Longhouse Open House
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come and meet the Longhouse staff, explore the Vancouver Indigenous Students' Collegium, and UBC resources!

Campus Tours with Longhouse Student Leaders
10:30 am
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Join the First Nations Longhouse (FNHL) student leaders to explore the campus and get prepared to join the FNHL campus Scavenger Hunt!

Campus Tours with Longhouse Student Leaders
1:30 pm
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Join the First Nations Longhouse (FNHL) student leaders to explore the campus and get prepared to join the FNHL campus Scavenger Hunt!

Beading Circle with Gabi
3:00 pm
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Want to learn to bead? Join the beading circle from 3:00PM-5:00PM with Gabi at the First Nations House of Learning.

Campus Tours with Longhouse Student Leaders
4:30 pm
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Join the First Nations Longhouse (FNHL) student leaders to explore the campus and get prepared to join the FNHL campus Scavenger Hunt!

Wednesday, September 8
Tea & Coffee
9:00 am

Drop by the First Nations Longhouse for coffee or tea!

Smudging
9:00 am - 9:30 am

Start the day in a good way with a smudge at the Sacred Circle at the Longhouse - open to all students, staff, & faculty

Longhouse Open House
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come and meet the Longhouse staff, explore the Vancouver Indigenous Students' Collegium, and UBC resources!

Waffle Breakfast
9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Stop by the First Nations Longhouse before or after your class for waffles with your student leaders!

Amazing Resource Race
10:00 am
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Set out to complete the Amazing Resource Race. Download the app @ scavify and complete the race. Upon race completion you will be entered in a draw to win amazing prizes!! Scavify will open September 8, 2021 at 10:00 am and close September 17 at 6:00pm.

Plant a Friend
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Brighten up your study space and plant a friend to transform with you!

Make Your Own Vision Board
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Dream it. Believe it. Do it. You are invited to a vision board party!

Thursday, September 9
Amazing Resource Race
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Set out to complete the Amazing Resource Race. Download the app @ scavify and complete the race. Upon race completion you will be entered in a draw to win amazing prizes!! Scavify will open September 8, 2021 at 10:00 am and close September 17 at 6:00pm

Tea & Coffee
9:00 am

Drop by the First Nations Longhouse for coffee or tea!

Smudging
9:00 am - 9:30 am

Start the day in a good way with a smudge at the Sacred Circle at the Longhouse - open to all students, staff, & faculty

Longhouse Open House
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come and meet the Longhouse staff, explore the Vancouver Indigenous Students' Collegium, and UBC resources!

Breakie Tot Bowls
9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Join the First Nations Longhouse (FNHL) student leaders to build your own tater tot breakfast bowl!

Games Day
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Work Hard! Play Hard! Come and join your Collegia Advisors and peers from 1:00PM-4:00PM as you indulge in your inner child! Prizes to be won!

Friday, September 10
Amazing Resource Race
Join Event

Set out to complete the Amazing Resource Race. Download the app @ scavify and complete the race. Upon race completion you will be entered in a draw to win amazing prizes!! Scavify will open September 8, 2021 at 10:00 am and close September 17 at 6:00pm

Tea & Coffee
9:00 am

Drop by the First Nations Longhouse for coffee or tea!

Smudging
9:00 am - 9:30 am

Start the day in a good way with a smudge at the Sacred Circle at the Longhouse - open to all students, staff, & faculty

Longhouse Open House
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come and meet the Longhouse staff, explore the Vancouver Indigenous Students' Collegium, and UBC resources!

Healthy Happy Hour and Special
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Come join and chat with some non-alcoholic margaritas. Capture your first moments at UBC with the Longhouse 'Photobooth'! Remember to tag #Longhouse #IndigenousCollegium on Instagram and Facebook!

Monday, September 13
Amazing Resource Race
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Set out to complete the Amazing Resource Race. Download the app @ scavify and complete the race. Upon race completion you will be entered in a draw to win amazing prizes!! Scavify will open September 8, 2021 at 10:00 am and close September 17 at 6:00pm

Community Resource Fair
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Come to the First Nations House of Learning and meet the UBC staff and/or student leaders behind UBC campus resources available to you!

Bannock Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Come to the First Nations House of Learning to make some bannock!

Paint Night
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Come get a painting kit and paint with Gabi! Registration required.

Tuesday, September 14
Amazing Resource Race
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Set out to complete the Amazing Resource Race. Download the app @ scavify and complete the race. Upon race completion you will be entered in a draw to win amazing prizes!! Scavify will open September 8, 2021 at 10:00 am and close September 17 at 6:00pm

Welcome BBQ
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Hosted by the First Nations House of Learning, the Welcome BBQ is an exciting opportunity for Indigenous students, staff, and faculty to gather and connect over great food, as we all journey back to the First Nations Longhouse.

Pow-Wow Dancing
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Led by Shyama-Priya, powwow dancing is not only an excellent workout but also a great way to connect to culture and meet other Indigenous students! Join us at 5:00PM at Ponderosa Studios.

Wednesday, September 15
Amazing Resource Race
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Set out to complete the Amazing Resource Race. Download the app @ scavify and complete the race. Upon race completion you will be entered in a draw to win amazing prizes!! Scavify will open September 8, 2021 at 10:00 am and close September 17 at 6:00pm

Community Resource Fair
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Come to the First Nations House of Learning and meet the UBC staff and/or student leaders behind UBC campus resources available to you!

Lawn Games
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Let's practice self-care by nurturing the kid in all of us - come join student staff members for fun outdoor lawn games in front of the First Nations Longhouse!

Thursday, September 16
Amazing Resource Race
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Set out to complete the Amazing Resource Race. Download the app @ scavify and complete the race. Upon race completion you will be entered in a draw to win amazing prizes!! Scavify will open September 8, 2021 at 10:00 am and close September 17 at 6:00pm

Graduate Student Welcome
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Hosted by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the welcome event will be an opportunity for Indigenous graduate students, staff, and faculty to gather and connect over some light snacks, network and share graduate resources and spaces available on campus. Hosted by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with support from Indigenous Education.

Friday, September 17
Amazing Resource Race
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Set out to complete the Amazing Resource Race. Download the app @ scavify and complete the race. Upon race completion you will be entered in a draw to win amazing prizes!! Scavify will open September 8, 2021 at 10:00 am and close September 17 at 6:00pm

Hot Dogs and Hot Dogs
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Enjoy some hot dogs with fixings and why not invite your furry friends while you're at it! Join us from 1:00PM-3:00PM!

UBC Roll Campus Tour
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Bring your two-wheels, four-wheels, or feet for a tour around campus from 4:00-6:00PM. Meet at the Longhouse!

University-wide events & activities

AMS Firstweek

AMS Firstweek is a program that takes place throughout September to welcome incoming and returning UBC students to campus. From the 30+ events planned by AMS Events to the 750 Firstweek Kits that will be given out to first year students, we’ve got you covered. Our goal is to introduce you to what UBC, and Vancouver have to offer, because ‘There is nothing like your Firstweek!’

UBC Recreation Free Week

At UBC Recreation’s Free Week, from September 13-19, there will be a variety of opportunities for you to try different classes and activities. Open to Students, Staff & Faculty, and the public, programs and events happen in each of the Recreation facilities across campus. You won’t want to miss out! No experience is required for any of the classes and all abilities are welcome! 

Homecoming

On UBC’s Vancouver campus, Homecoming is a celebrated tradition to kick-off the academic year and it’s our biggest school spirit event. This year, join us at home and on campus from September 17-19, 2021, for a weekend of celebration and reconnection.

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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: