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New Master of Education in Indigenous Education launched



Image: ʔəlqsən (hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ word for ‘point of land’) art installation: yə́χʷəleʔ (eagle) panel with sce:ɬtən (salmon) and sθəqəy̓ (sockeye) | Artist: Brent Sparrow, Musqueam | UBC Vancouver

UBC Faculty of Education will be home to British Columbia’s first Master of Education in Indigenous Education, after receiving approval from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

To offer a new degree program, public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia must apply to the Ministry in accordance with the Degree Program Review Criteria and Guidelines established by the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. Each application is posted for peer and public review for 30 days and assessed as to whether it meets criteria related to the institution’s mandate and strategic plan, system consultation and coordination, labour market need and student demand.

“We’re committed to reconciliation and advancing systemic change so that post-secondary education and training is respectful, relevant, responsive, and receptive to Indigenous learners, institutes and communities. UBC’s new Master of Education in Indigenous Education will provide culturally responsive education for Indigenous learners, help deepen non-Indigenous learners’ understanding of Indigenous culture, and build the capacity of Indigenous schools, institutes and communities, helping to advance that deep commitment to reconciliation through education,” Honourable Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training said.

The program will help fulfill some of the important goals and actions set out in UBC’s strategic plan, Shaping UBC’s Next Century, the Faculty’s strategic plan, Learning Transformed, and UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan, which provide the framework for Faculty and unit-level commitments that form UBC’s response to the Calls to Action released with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Final Report.

Recognizing the need for transformative change in Indigenous education, the program will:

Increase access to graduate education for Indigenous learners, while building educational capacity for Indigenous schools and communities
Enhance partnerships with Indigenous communities and offer Indigenous worldviews as Indigenous scholars and local Elders will be invited to partner with instructors
Provide educators with Indigenous knowledge they can bring to educational settings
Advance the Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia’s report on Indigenous education which recommends more policy and curriculum leadership from the Ministry of Education
Support the British Columbia Teachers’ Council 9th professional standard for educators to contribute to truth, reconciliation and healing, and foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing and being, histories, and cultures

“I’m delighted that this new degree program — the first of its kind in BC— has obtained Ministerial approval, in recognition of the Faculty of Education’s reputation as a leader in Indigenous education. The addition of this unique program conveys our commitment, as a university, to reconciliation and aims to contribute to improved educational outcomes for Indigenous students across BC.” – Dr. Andrew Szeri, VP Academic and Provost, University of British Columbia, said.

The program will be designed for educators, educational administrators and leaders, Indigenous community members, and other professionals in education settings who want in-depth preparation on K-12 Indigenous educational frameworks, theories, policies, curricular approaches, and community relationships that build upon Indigenous knowledge systems. It will also support educators implementing the revised provincial K-12 curriculum, emphasizing Indigenous worldviews, histories, and pedagogies through the First Peoples Principles of Learning (FPPL). Course enrollees will be offered opportunities through course goals, objectives, activities, content, and assessment to learn how Indigenous knowledges can be incorporated into practice.

“Largely taught by Indigenous scholars, this program will provide leadership opportunities for Indigenous educators, as well as schools and districts. It will create pathways to graduate education for Indigenous and ally educators, and build their knowledge and capacity to respond to changing policy demands,” Dr. Jan Hare, Dean pro tem, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, said.

Offered as a blended learning model, the program will begin with week-long in-person summer institutes, followed by online courses during the academic year. The hybrid coursework will accommodate full-time educators (offered on a part-time basis, with required courses offered on weekends), increase access to graduate studies for Indigenous learners from communities beyond the lower mainland of British Columbia, and reduce the amount of time Indigenous learners will have to leave their communities to complete their graduate studies. Additionally, the summer institutes will focus on land and place-based learning, offering intensive experiential lessons which learners can link to the curriculum in British Columbia.

Offered as a cohort model, the program will be delivered cooperatively by the Faculty’s Department of Language and Literacy Education, Department of Educational Studies, and Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Leadership and administrative support will be provided by the Faculty’s Office of Indigenous Education.


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Indigenous Career Fair 2024




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,

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Indigenous Community Holiday Craft Fair 2023




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




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.


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:
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:
Information on general health and wellbeing support services available at UBC Vancouver can be found here:

UBC Faculty and Staff Supports

Faculty and Staff Mental Health Resources:
Helping Faculty and Staff in Distress:
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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