Welcome to the University of Northern British Columbia's First Nations Centre. The First Nations Centre provides comprehensive services for Aboriginal Students, as well as academic and cultural support for all UNBC students. As one of Canada's northernmost universities, UNBC hosts a wide and varied First Nations community, many of which use the First Nations Centre as a "home away from home". The Centre offers a peaceful, culturally sensitive environment where students can learn, study, socialize, and relax. Furthermore, educational and personal counselling is available to help students make the most of their university experience.
As a haven away from the stresses of everyday university life, the First Nations Centre fulfills an important function for both new and returning students. The warm and welcoming atmosphere encourages communication and exchange, thereby providing a bridge between aboriginal students as well as non-aboriginal students.
What we do:
- Cultural Activities
- Learning Support
- Health & Wellness Support
- Counselling Services
- Elder Engagement
- Student Leadership
How we can help you:
The First Nations Centre staff and students work together to create a variety of cultural activities geared towards learning and sharing. Potlucks, sharing circles, smudging, feasts, traditional art workshops and drumming are some of the cultural activities you can enjoy.
Students can improve their academic skills and understanding with course-specific tutoring support. In addition, content focused workshops are offered throughout the year that focus on foundational writing and research skills.
Computer Access & Study Space
The First Nations Centre offers students a 24-hour accessible study space and computer lab. Students can relax in a quiet space while they work on their assignments.
Health & Wellness Support
Supporting all aspects of student health is important to the First Nations Centre. Students can access mental health professionals such as trained counsellors, traditional healers, Elders and trained peers who can help support their wellness goals.
Elder involvement is an important aspect of student success. The First Nations Centre works with Elders from a variety of nations and cultural backgrounds to build connections to support learning and growth.
There are many ways for students to get involved throughout the year. Special events, workshops, potlucks, conferences, peer counselling, student leadership and more all provide opportunities for students to build their skills and give back to the university community.
The University of Northern British Columbia, along with the City of Prince George, reside on the traditional lands of the Lheidli T’enneh Nation. “Lheidli T’enneh means The People from the Confluence of Two Rivers in the Dakelh language, and refers to the place where the waters of the Nechako and Fraser Rivers meet, and the Lheidli T’enneh call home.”
- Jennifer Pighin, Lheidli T’enneh Nation member and UNBC Graduate Student