The Langara Aboriginal Community
Langara is proud of its Aboriginal community and committed to supporting its Aboriginal students. To assist and promote the academic success of Aboriginal students, the College implemented the first formal Aboriginal Education Policy in British Columbia. The policy set in motion an education and employment equity program that:
- is committed to increasing the participation and success rate of Aboriginal learners
- will ensure the involvement of Aboriginal representatives in any decisions affecting Aboriginal education
- will provide full opportunities and support for Aboriginal students to achieve their academic potential
- recognizes the need to recruit and employ Aboriginal personnel in faculty, staff, and administrative positions.
The Gathering Space
Langara is proud to be the home of a new Gathering Space that opened its doors in 2010. The facility is a rich, welcoming, multi-purpose environment for Aboriginal students to connect while at the College. The facility is enhanced to support student learning, with computer facilities, a homework space, a casual sitting area, and a kitchen where students frequently organize potluck lunches during semester time. The wellness room in Langara’s Gathering Space is designed for rest and relaxation should students need to escape from the bustling College halls, and the facility is also home to academic advising and counselling services for Aboriginal students.
The Dave Pearson Native Student Centre
In addition to the Gathering Space, the College is also home to the Dave Pearson Native Student Centre, located in the Langara Students’ Union (LSU) Building. This space promotes opportunities for students to connect with friends, old and new.
Awards and Money Management
Langara has many scholarships and awards to support Aboriginal students. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students can apply for many of these awards through the Student Financial Aid Department. In some cases, additional information may be available from the Manager of Services for Aboriginal Students. Students are reminded that they may also choose to apply for other Langara College scholarships that are not specific to Aboriginal students.
The UBC Aboriginal Community
UBC’s Vancouver Campus is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Musqueam People. These lands have always been a place of learning for Musqueam youth, who were instructed in their culture, history, and tradition.
UBC is BC’s largest and oldest University and is consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. The University has been long recognized as a leader in Aboriginal higher education. We offer the following programs and services to Aboriginal students:
First Nations Longhouse
The First Nations Longhouse is a “home away from home” for many First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and offers a student social space, study space, computer lab, Xwi7xwa Library as well as academic advising and counselling services to Aboriginal students. There are also student luncheons, special events and student associations that you can participate in.
Arts Aboriginal Student Affairs
The Faculty of Arts also has dedicated student services for Aboriginal students. Aboriginal Student Affairs provides students with academic support including program planning, registration support and peer advising.
Living on campus is a great way to get connected with the UBC community. Student Housing provides newly admitted First Nations, Métis and Inuit students with priority access to single student winter session housing and year-round housing, including family housing.
Awards and Money Management
In addition to awards available to all students, UBC has many scholarships and awards to support Aboriginal undergraduate students. First Nations, Métis and Inuit students can apply for many of these awards through the Aboriginal Awards Program. We also have financial advisors who can help you develop a financial plan.
The University is a leader in Indigenous scholarship with over 20 Indigenous faculty members in various faculties and nearly 100 courses with significant Indigenous content. These professors are undertaking unique and original research and bringing this new knowledge into the classroom.