The FNC is a culturally safe and accessible environment that offers a wide variety of supports, services, activities and programs that help to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal students, create awareness and understanding of Indigenous perspectives and worldviews, and celebrate aboriginal culture.
Students can improve their academic skills and understanding with in-house tutoring support, The FNC currently offers math and writing tutors weekly within the Centre.
Internal Services and Supports
All staff at the FNC are able to connect students with the various internal services and supports available at UNBC. Including: academic advising, counseling services, academic support, financial aid and funding application processes (including band funding and emergency assistance funds), disability services and access, registration and convocation support, Elder engagement, etc.
Hosting, teaching and facilitating cultural activities are a big part of what the FNC provides to its students, faculty and staff. You can regularly participate in Smudging ceremonies, Talking Circles, drum making and traditional art workshops, singing and storytelling, and crafting at the FNC.
On a case by case basis, FNC staff are able to connect students with external services such as off-campus housing, funding sources, employment opportunities and cultural activities.
Aboriginal Cultural Resources
Another role of the FNC is to facilitate workshops and connect staff and faculty with aboriginal cultural resources including Elders and knowledge holders. In this capacity, the FNC staff are creating awareness, building relationships, promoting Indigenization and breaking down the systemic barriers the Aboriginal people face across UNBC.
Overcoming Systemic Barriers
Assisting Aboriginal students in overcoming systemic barriers that they may face during their time in post-secondary education is a overarching service that all FNC staff work to provide. Providing customized tours, organizing the UNBC Aboriginal Orientation, and developing an Aboriginal Student Handbook are examples of large, service-based projects that FNC staff coordinate and deliver.
First Nations Centre Graduation
Every year the First Nations Centre is honoured to celebrate the successful graduation of UNBC students who utilize the Centre. Graduating students who access, volunteer, or are regularly involved in First Nations Centre events and programs are invited to come and be a part of this grand celebration.
The annual First Nations Centre Graduation is held on the Thursday before UNBC’s Convocation and features a story ceremony in the Canfor Theatre, followed by snacks and refreshments in the Gathering Place. Everyone is invited to come and witness the celebration and to join us as we wish our newly graduating students the very best as they continue on their journeys in life.