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Indigenous Graduation Celebration Fall 2022

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Indigenous Graduation Celebration Fall 2022 participants
Photo: Martin Dee

On Saturday, November 26th, the First Nations House of Learning hosted a graduation celebration at the First Nations Longhouse to honour participating Indigenous graduates from the Fall 2022 class, including participating graduates from the Class of 2020 and 2021, who due to COVID-19 protection measures had missed out on an in-person event.

Longhouse Ceremonial Door

The event saw Indigenous students walking through the Longhouse’s ceremonial door into Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, whereupon each was acknowledged by a large gathering of families and supporters as having transformed from student to graduate.

Afterward, each graduate was honoured for successfully completing their academic programs, and were given the opportunity to individually thank their supporters.

Related: Indigenous Graduation Celebration Spring 2022

Like previous events, the celebration was live streamed for the benefit of family, friends and supporters who were unable to attend. The event recording is posted below.

Webcast recording:

Event program

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Indigenous Career Fair 2024

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Come by First Nations Longhouse for the first ever Indigenous Career Fair.

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, discuss career opportunities, and shed light on their workplace cultures. Participating organizations include the First Nations Health Authority, BC Indigenous Youth Internship Program, BC Housing, City of Vancouver, Fraser Health Authority, ICBC, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Two Worlds Consulting, among others.

Individuals who are interested in attending this event are encouraged to attend the Career Fair Prep, Personal Branding, and LinkedIn Session the week before. This session will equip students with the essential tools for success at the career fair. More information is provided below.

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Date & Time: Thursday, February 1, 3:30–5:30pm
Location: Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, First Nations Longhouse

Career Fair Prep, Personal Branding, and LinkedIn Session

Are you interested in attending the upcoming Indigenous Career Fair but are unsure of what questions to ask? Would you like to develop or improve your LinkedIn profile?

Indigenous students are invited to join Cody Bugler, Savanah Knockwood, and special guest Rob Kim, LinkedIn Top Voice and Manager at UBC Alumni Career Education for a Career Fair Prep, Personal Branding, and LinkedIn Session on Wednesday, January 24th, from 12:30–1:30pm.

Creating a LinkedIn profile beforehand is encouraged but not required. Light lunch will be served.

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Date & Time: Wednesday, January 24, 12:30–1:30pm
Location: Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, First Nations Longhouse

For more information about these events, please reach out to Cody Bugler, FNHL Student Engagement Coordinator, cody.bugler@ubc.ca.

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Indigenous Community Holiday Craft Fair 2023

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Drop by the First Nations Longhouse and support Indigenous artists and makers.

The First Nations House of Learning is hosting an Indigenous Community Holiday 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 craftspersonship. Indigenous students, faculty, staff, and community members will be displaying and selling their art and handmade crafts, which include original art pieces, small leather goods, beaded jewelry and accessories, and other exciting wares.

Call for Vendors

Indigenous students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to come out, showcase, and sell their unique crafts and wares. Complete this registration form to reserve a table today. Participation is free for vendors.

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Date & Time: Thursday, December 7, 3–5pm
Location: Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, First Nations Longhouse

 

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Statement from UBC First Nations House of Learning Leadership

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Joely Viveiros

We 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: we stand and walk alongside you.

Sainte-Marie was granted an honorary degree from UBC in 2012. Members of our community have asked if the University will rescind her honorary degree due to recent events.

We believe the priority is to provide time for Indigenous communities to process and come to terms with the news. The University will work collaboratively and closely with Indigenous leadership, faculty, partners, communities and local First Nations to determine next steps relating to this honorary degree.

While this process gets underway, our priority first and foremost is the wellbeing of the Indigenous community at UBC.

To that end, we encourage Indigenous students impacted by this news to utilize the UBC support services, including off-campus Indigenous and community organizations. For UBC employees, we encourage you to reach out to your support networks, including support services provided as part of your employee benefits, or to off-campus ones. Please see the list below for corresponding links.

Sincerely,

Joely Viveiros
Acting Director and Associate Director, First Nations House of Learning, UBC Vancouver

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UBC Vancouver Student Supports

The Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing program aims to provide culturally safe mental health and support services, including offering individual sessions at the Longhouse. More information can be found here: https://students.ubc.ca/health/counselling-services/indigenous-mental-health-wellbeing-program
The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre hosts wellness drop-ins every second Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Elders’ lounge on the upper level of the Centre. Indigenous students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to drop-in to the Centre for tea or coffee and conversation with a Cultural Support Worker. More information can be found here: https://irshdc.ubc.ca/wellness-drop-ins/
Information on general health and wellbeing support services available at UBC Vancouver can be found here:

https://students.ubc.ca/support
https://students.ubc.ca/health/counselling-services
https://students.ubc.ca/about-student-services

UBC Faculty and Staff Supports

Faculty and Staff Mental Health Resources:
https://hr.ubc.ca/health-and-wellbeing/mental-health/faculty-and-staff-mental-health-resources
Helping Faculty and Staff in Distress:
https://hr.ubc.ca/health-and-wellbeing/mental-health/helping-faculty-and-staff-distress
Employee and Family Assistance Program:
https://hr.ubc.ca/benefits/benefit-plan-details/employee-and-family-assistance-program

Off-Campus Supports

Outside of UBC, Indigenous people in B.C. can access culturally safe mental health and wellbeing resources from Canada-wide programs like Hope for Wellness, or through programs from the First Nations Health Authority, and Métis Nation BC.
There are also crisis and support lines, including the KUU-US Indigenous Crisis Line and the Indian Residential School Crisis Line, which can be reached at 1-866-925-4419.
The Sixties Scoop Network and Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation also offer support and resources for survivors of the Sixties Scoop and their families.

 

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