Terry Point graduated from UBC in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in First Nations Studies. Before coming to UBC he studied at Langara College, where he focused on Aboriginal Studies and Anthropology. Since graduation, Terry has found work directly related to his studies in his community of Musqueam. He is now working in research and community outreach with the Musqueam Indian Band Treaty Directorate.
“I enjoyed studying at Langara because of the smaller class size and the engagement you could have with the instructors in the Aboriginal Studies Program. I learned how to manage my time and write academically while finding direction for my academic career. The closeness of the faculty and students within the program was like nothing I had ever experienced before and allowed me to grow as a student and a person.”
“At UBC you have a huge amount of resources at your disposal. I gained a much greater grasp on how to do research in libraries, archives, special collections, and online. I especially enjoyed the multi-disciplinary nature of the First Nations Studies program that allowed me to study in other subjects that interested me such as Archaeology, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Art History and Canadian Studies.”
“The UBC courses that stood out most were the research based classes such as First Nations Studies 320 where I got to interview Musqueam elder Larry Grant; Anthropology 433, a directed studies project in partnership with MOA and Musqueam Indian Band; and finally the First Nations Studies practicum, another opportunity to work with Musqueam and MOA, this time exploring the community consultation process in a major project between a Museum and multiple communities.”
“Langara prepared me to read academic articles critically and write academic papers while UBC educated me in developing research methodologies and collecting oral history in audio and video formats.”
“Both institutions offer excellent academic programs and very tight-knit communities of faculty, staff, and students that offer all the support you’ll need to be successful.”