Indigenous Students

Land Acknowledgement – xʷməθkʷəy̓əm

UBC Dentistry would like to acknowledge that we live, work, and learn on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. For more information click here.


Below are some resources for Indigenous students:

Indigenous UBC Portal: This page provides information and resources for Indigenous students, including program advising information.

First Nations House Of Learning: The First Nations House of Learning (FNHL) is based in the First Nations Longhouse, located at 1985 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2. There, Indigenous students can find notable initiatives and resources such as:

  • The biannual Indigenous graduation celebration event
  • Wellness events
  • Student meals
  • Tutoring sessions (based on demand)
  • Resource referrals
  • Accredited counsellors
  • Student health nurse (weekly)
  • Student financial advisor (weekly)

Indigenous Student Collegium (ISC): The ISC is also offered at the First Nations Longhouse. Here you can connect with an Indigenous elder or UBC professor, make lunch and meet with friends, and take part in cultural practices like smudging or community practices like talking circles. Currently, the ISC is completely virtual.

Student can join the ISC at any point during the year here:

Click here for information about Financial support available to Indigenous students.

Awards for Indigenous students: Available awards for Indigenous students include scholarships and bursaries. Here you can find all of the different external awards and portals for Indigenous students listed in one place for students.

  • If you need any support with writing a personal statement, please reach out! They can set up a one-on-one support and guidance.
  • If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact advisors at

General Financial Resources: Here you can find resources collected by our department to help students

Aboriginal Graduate Fellowships: The University offers multi-year fellowships to Indigenous Masters and Doctoral students.

Xwi7xwa Library is a centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship. Its collections and services reflect Aboriginal approaches to teaching, learning and research. Below are some useful materials:

Xwi7xwa is available to virtually visit your class. They offer introductions to the library branch (good for new students, undergraduates) and assistance on finding resources at UBC Library (tailored to class assignment, topic, course).

wi7xwa Research Guides: & upcoming presentation

Library Hours:
Monday to Thursday 9am - 9pm; Friday 9am - 5pm; Saturday 11am - 5pm; Sunday 10am - 9pm

For more information, further resources and upcoming events feel free to contact: OR

Indigenous Counsellor: 

UBC Counselling Services has an Indigenous Counsellor available! Renée Avitan (she/her/hers) is an Indigenous counsellor at UBC who works regularly with Indigenous students. Currently, Renée is offering her appointments by phone, over Zoom, and in person. To make an appointment, please phone UBC Counselling Services at (604) 822-3811 during regular working hours. For other concerns, please email Renée at .

Healing and Wellness Resources:

Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. It is available 24/7 and services are offered in English and French, and by request in Inuktitut, Cree, and Ojibway. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at

National Indian Residential School Crisis Line (IRSSS) - Access emotional support and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line at 1-866-925-4419.

KUU-US Crisis Line Society - The KUU-US Crisis Line Society operates a 24/7 Aboriginal crisis line serving the entire province. Please see more online information at

  • BC Wide Toll Free: 1-800-KUU-US17 (1-800-588-8717)
  • Métis Crisis Line BC Toll Free: 1-833MétisBC (1-833-638-4722)

Alternatively, individuals can be directed to the Adult/Elder Crisis Line: 250-723-4050 or the Child/Youth Crisis Line: 250-723-2040.

Native Youth Crisis Hotline (1-877-209-1266) - Answered by staff 24/7 and available throughout Canada and the US.

BC Crisis Line (1-800-SUICIDE) - If you are in distress or worried about someone in distress who may hurt themselves, call anytime 24 hours a day to connect to the Crisis Line.

The Crisis Line Association of BC (310-Mental Health)

  • Call 310-6789 (no area code needed) toll-free anywhere in BC 24/7 to access emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health and substance use issues.

First Nations Health Authority - The FNHA, located in West Vancouver, provides information about health programs for First Nations across BC including mental wellness and substance use. You can access a list of providers registered to offer services through their mental health benefits program at or call 1-855-550-5454 for more information.

UBC Student Assistance Program (UBCSAP) - call 1-833-590-1328 toll-free in North America, or call collect 1-604-757-9734 outside of North America. Free, 24/7 personal counselling and life coaching, accessible anywhere in the world, offered in many languages through phone, video-counselling, or e-counselling. or call 1-877-857-3397 - Get started with free, 24/7 single-session counselling by phone or online chat for all UBC students globally.


Indigenous Student Experience at UBC

UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan

Indigenous Strategic Plan:UBC is taking steps to contribute to the advancement of Indigenous peoples’ human rights. This plan sets out a series of eight goals and 43 actions the university will collectively undertake. The plan was created with input from more than 2,500 students, faculty, and staff across our campuses – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous – as well as from Indigenous community partners.

Read it here: Indigenous Strategic Plan [PDF File]