First Nations House of Learning


The First Nations House of Learning was established in 1987 as a unit within the President’s Office. The Director of the First Nations House of Learning is also the Senior Advisor to the President.


The mandate of the First Nations House of Learning is to make the University’s vast resources more accessible to Aboriginal Peoples, and to improve the University’s ability to meet the needs of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.

To this end, the First Nations House of Learning is dedicated to providing a positive environment for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, staff, and faculty. Following the “voices of our ancestors”, the spirit of the Longhouse is guided by the Longhouse Teachings of Respect, Relationships, Responsibility, and Reverence.

UBC Vancouver Aboriginal Web Portal

Operated by the First Nations House of Learning, the UBC Vancouver Aboriginal web portal is a resource for information relating to Aboriginal programs, initiatives, research and services that are available on the UBC Vancouver campus. You will also find information about general services that may be of interest, including a directory of Academic Advisors on campus, information about Housing, Childcare, Recreation and Counselling, and much more.

As you make your way through the site, you will notice that many different individuals from across campus have shared their stories. You are encouraged to explore these stories as a way of becoming informed about what is available for Aboriginal students on campus, as well as familiarizing yourself with the people you may come into contact with. Consider these stories a guide, leading you through the site and possibly pointing you in a new and exciting direction.

The portal has been designed in such a way that, once you do reach your final destination, you will be able to link to a variety of useful resources that have been developed across campus.