BTS Student Orientation

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Musqueam and UBC Relationship
UBC’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Musqueam people. The land it is situated on has always been a place of learning for the Musqueam people, who prior had received teachings in their culture, history, and traditions from one generation to the next. The Musqueam Indian Band (MIB) and the University of British Columbia have a long history of partnership. This was strengthened in December 2006 with the signing of a historic memorandum of affiliation. As a result, a number of initiatives between UBC and MIB have resulted.The Musqueam people have been here since the beginning. From the beginning, through contact and to present Musqueam has practiced and maintains strong and proud traditions. Archaeological evidence at areas such as c̓əsnaʔəm (Marpole) dates back in excess of 4,000 years and at St. Mungo’s and Glenrose Cannery to 8,000 to 9,000 years. Enduring traditions have allowed Musqueam to continually sets precedents. From the youngest Elected Chief and Council in 1951 and ongoing legal precedents, such as the Guerin case (1984) and Sparrow Case (1990), “Musqueam Through Time” tells the story of a timeless culture that continues to guide not just the Musqueam people, but Canada as a whole.In the Musqueam Place Names Web Mapping Portal, you will find information on Musqueam Place Names, hear audio of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language from Musqueam elders past and present, view historical photographs and see where they are located.


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Student Work Learn Positions
The Work Learn Program supports and subsidizes meaningful work experiences on campus that offer the opportunity for all current UBC students to develop your professional skills and learn in a work environment.From these experiences, you will gain  mentorship opportunities, an expanded network, ownership and responsibility of work, self-awareness and reflection, as well as a chance to apply your knowledge in practical settings, contribute to personal learning goals and the University in a different way. All current UBC-Vancouver students are eligible. For the purposes of this program current UBC students are defined as students who are currently registered in credit courses at UBC-Vancouver and have a valid UBC student number. A student must be registered in courses in the term(s) they hold a Work Learn position. Students are only eligible to hold one Work Learn position at any given time. All students (domestic and international) must have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) before they can be paid by UBC.FNHL Outreach offers the following Work Learn positions to support Bridge Through Sport: Math and Science Club Coordinator, Reading Club Coordinator, Musqueam and UBC Homework Club Coordinator, UNYA and UBC Homework Club Coordinator, and the Musqueam Youth Program Coordinator.


Tour of the Longhouse
The Longhouse opened in 1993 and is a prize-winning building that reflects the architectural traditions of the Northwest Coast and operates as a venue for public programming, student and program meetings, and many other functions. It is also a centre for Aboriginal students with study and social spaces, a computer lab, and access to tutoring, counselling, and many other forms of support, including the expert research help available at the adjacent Xwi7xwa Library. The Longhouse also houses the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP), the First Nations House of Learning (FNHL), and a range of student organizations.


Staff Introduction

  • Director & Sr. Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs (Linc Kesler)
  • Associate Director (Debra Martel)
  • Longhouse Building Manager (Christine Wasiak)
  • Research and Communications Officer (Kevin Ward)
  • Aboriginal Student and Community Development Officer (Nadine Alvarado-Hensley)
  • Bridge Through Sport Program Coordinator (Ryanne James)
  • Administrative Manager (Jie Ie Balik)
  • Clerk (Chandelle Coleman)



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Work Learn Check-list:

1. Work Learn Program – Interview Framework

2. Work Learn Program – Supervisor and Student Work Agreement

3. Work Learn Program – Orientation Check-list

4. Work Learn Program – Learning Objectives Worksheet

5. Bullying and Harrassment Prevention Training

6. Risk Management Training

7. Work Learn Program – Mid-Point Performance Evaluation

8. Work Learn Program – End-of-Term Reflection Questions