Spaces at the First Nations Centre

Reception Area

This location is the entrance into the main area of the FNC. This where the Student Services Representative’s desk is located. There is seating for 3-4 persons in this area. It is also where the inhouse printer is located as well as the general use stapler, hole-punch, pencil sharpener, scissors, etc. (for use by students and staff).

Staff Offices

The office of the Student Services Representative is located in the reception area of the First Nations Centre.

Offices of the Aboriginal Student Life Navigator and the Manager of Aboriginal Student Engagement are located adjacent to the Reception Area.

The office of the Cultural Coordinator is found by going through the FNC Computer Lab. This space is also referred to as the Cultural Room.

Offices of the Counsellors and the Aboriginal Community Connections Coordinator are found further down the hall across from the Gathering Place, one being in its own space and the other two offices adjacent to the Quiet Study Space.

Elders’ Room

The Elders’ Room is a casual space for students to gather, hang out, study, talk, eat, socialize, etc. This room is often used for FNC events such as Elder in Residence gatherings, Metis Elders crafting, smudging and Talking Circles.

With multiple couches, chairs and tables, plants, artwork and a fireplace the ELder’s Room is a cozy, comfortable and inviting space. Access to the patio in the Wabooz Garden is also through this room - to gain access an FNC staff member must unlock the patio door (only available while staff are on site).

This space, like many of the areas within the FNC is available 24/7 for students who request and fill out the necessary paperwork with Student Service Representative.

FNC Kitchenette

There is a fridge/freezer, sink, microwave, electric kettle and full range of dishes that both students and staff can access, with the acknowledgment of everyone who uses it keeps it clean and tidy for everyone's benefit. All dishes must be washed, dried and put away after each use.

FNC Computer Lab

The FNC computer lab has 8 desktop workstations and 2 empty workstations for laptops. Also hosted in the FNC Computer Lab is the FNC library - a wide variety of resource books on a range of subjects that students can borrow.

There is also a short term storage locker for students who don’t have lockers - this space is cleaned out on the Friday after the last day of exams each semester and all items are donated to the NUGSS

Reciprocity Shelf

This space, like many of the areas within the FNC is available 24/7 for students who request and fill out the necessary paperwork with Student Service Representative.

Cultural Room

Within the office of the Cultural Coordinator, there is space for students to gather and work on cultural projects. These can include written, verbal, physical and material projects. There are plenty of art and practical supplies available for cultural projects. The Cultural Room is available for use only when the Cultural Coordinator or another FNC staff is hosting the space.

Puzzle Zone

In the hall towards the Gathering Place, below the FNC logo, you’ll find a chill out space with puzzles and coloring supplies. Chill out for a few moments or a few hours. Feel welcome to work on a puzzle that’s already been started or start a new one.

Once a puzzle is completed, it will be left for a few days and then switched out. There are always new puzzle boxes so check back when you feel interested. These types of activities can help give your brain and your ideas time to reflect and come together.

Smudging and Meditation Room

Next to the Puzzle Zone is a Smudging and Meditation room. This small room is accessible to those who want to perform their own smudging ceremony and is suitable for approximately 1-3 individuals. The Smudging Room is available any time a FNC staff member is on location.

If you want to learn more about doing these types of ceremonies on your own, feel free to ask the Cultural Coordinator. The Smudging Room is always stocked with traditional medicines for those who wish to smudge.

People often bring gifts (or share) plant medicines for the purpose of smudging, such as white sage, female sage, cedar, bear root and tobacco. Tobacco in its natural state without chemicals is preferred.

These gifts/supplies can be left in the container in the room, or can be given to the Cultural Coordinator or one of the other First Nations Centre staff, especially if there are any special instructions for use.

Quiet Study Room

As the title suggests, this space is used for quiet studies. There are 5 solo cubicle spaces as well as multiple tables and couches/chairs to work from. Students are able to use this space at any time.

Gathering Place

Across from the Quiet Study Space is the Gathering Place. This space is a culturally relevant space that is big enough to host large events (up to 100 people) such as our monthly potlucks, drum making workshops, Moosehide Campaign Day, Elder in Residence gatherings and our annual Christmas feast.

The Gathering Place is a FNC events priority space, however, the room is booked through Conference and Event Services at UNBC.

Gathering Place Kitchen

The kitchen is run and cared for by the First Nations Centre. The kitchen is typically used for potlucks and other food related events hosted by the FNC. Groups are able to access the kitchen for their Gathering Place event, they just need to check in with the Student Services Representative to go over safety and cleaning protocols. The kitchen is fully equipped with dishes, cooking supplies and appliances.

Wabooz Garden

The garden is a beautiful spot to gather and talk, study, share a meal or have a smudge. Many of the plants have been selected due to their cultural significance and healing properties.

There are picnic tables and other available seating areas throughout the Wabooz Garden. The Wabooz Garden is a natural environment where Northern BC wildlife flourishes. At any given time of the year you can witness various birds, squirrels and other rodents, and deer grazing or fawning in this picturesque green space.

The Wabooz Garden was developed as a class project by UNBC Professor Annie Booth.

Wabooz means “Rabbit” in the Anishinaabe language.