Longhouse Counselling Services
Alongside Brock Hall’s counselling service, the First Nations Longhouse offers counselling with a focus on issues facing Indigenous students. Sessions can be booked online through the First Nations House of Learning website or from UBC Counselling Services itself.
First Nations Longhouse
The Longhouse is a great resource to use throughout the year. Housing the First Nations House of Learning, the Longhouse acts as a central organizing space for Indigenous students and faculty on campus, providing access to amenities such as a study space, gathering rooms and the Indigenous Student Collegium.
A recent addition to the list of resources for Indigenous peoples is this ‘extraordinary committee’ of the AMS, which means it functions at an arms-length from the student union. The Indigenous Committee works to advance the interests of Indigenous students independently and in collaboration with the student society, with their mandate being “to establish an Indigenous student governance system on the UBC Vancouver campus and to integrate Indigenous forms of knowledge and practice into the [AMS].” The committee has recently released statements supporting Black Lives Matter and condemning extractive, tokenistic relationships with Indigenous peoples. The committee can be found on Facebook.
AMS Council Indigenous Seat
Passed by referendum on the 2019/20 AMS Elections ballot, the Indigenous seat on Council is another initiative aiming at bolstering Indigenous student involvement in campus governance. Currently filled by Laura Beaudry, the Indigenous seat is appointed by the Indigenous Committee to be the permanent voice for the committee in the student union’s deliberations.