About the University of Northern British Columbia

UNBC provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities that explore cultures, health, economies, sciences, and the environment. As one of BC’s research-intensive universities, we bring the excitement of new knowledge to our students, and the outcomes of our teaching and research to the world. In addition to fostering and celebrating academic excellence, UNBC is a welcoming place, with a learning environment that is friendly, inclusive, and supportive.

UNBC is a university both in and for the North. This mission has instilled a strong sense of ownership, purpose, and adventure among our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve. We are also Canada’s Green University™, leading the way to a more sustainable future for all.



'En Cha Huná ('En = he/she; Cha = also; Huná = lives)

UNBC’s motto, from the Dakelh (Carrier) Elders, is used to remind us that all people have a voice and a viewpoint. Interpreted as "respecting all forms of life," ‘En Cha Huná encapsulates the spirit of academic freedom, respect for others, and willingness to recognize different perspectives.

Our Mission

Ignite. Inspire. Lead Change.

UNBC facilitates learning and generates knowledge through teaching and research. How we do that is unique.

We are connected to the North and the communities that call northern British Columbia home.

Supporting the sustainability of these communities is why we exist – this is what drives UNBC.

In service to the North, we ignite curiosity, inspire creativity, and champion excellence to help the region thrive.

We lead positive change by sharing what we learn with the world.

Our Vision

Leading a Sustainable Future

Education. Research. Community Impact.

Our Values

In our workplaces, relationships, and communications, we are committed to positive and productive work and learning environments.

Our values inform our lives, our decisions, and our choices. At UNBC we value:

Academic excellence

Excellence in teaching and research is a central tenet of a destination university.

Experiential learning and discovery

Our community celebrates and strives to provide an unparalleled learning experience which ensures that our students are prepared to meet the challenges of a fast-paced modern world, while stepping up and making a difference. UNBC is a champion of intellectual freedom, academic inquiry, learning for its own sake, access to information, learning through applied and best practices in experiential initiatives, and the development and mobilization of new knowledge.

Inclusiveness and diversity

Social and cultural diversity is core to enriching the learning environment of a modern university. The confluence of diversity and respectful discussion stimulates creative thoughts, new ways of thinking, and new pathways of inquiry. This ensures that our research questions address society as a whole and enables us to train leaders who understand our local and global communities.


UNBC is a place where community thrives and where we strive to understand and care for other members of our University. It is a place all are welcome and where we commit to being respectful, innovative, resourceful, and responsive in our interactions with others.


To succeed we must be true to who we are, and focus on where we are now and what we want to be in the future. We are honest, supportive, and forthright in all our interactions, confronting problems and issues openly and constructively.