UBC has a complex network of relationships with and obligations to Indigenous peoples locally and globally, beginning with our host nations of Musqueam and Syilx Okanagan. Working outward, UBC has relationships with and responsibilities to Indigenous nations and peoples in the lower mainland/Fraser Valley and Okanagan Valley, within the Province of BC, nationally in both Canada and the United States, and around the globe.

In the diagram below, UBC’s closest relationship and obligation of most prominence is to its host nations, Musqueam and Okanagan Nation Alliance, moving outward to Indigenous Nations and Peoples of the Lower Mainland and Okanagan Valley, Indigenous Peoples of BC, Canada/US Border Nations, Indigenous Peoples of Canada (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) and International Indigenous Peoples.

The term ‘Indigenous’ refers to First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, either collectively or separately. It is the preferred term in international usage, e.g. within UNDRIP, and is increasingly being chosen over ‘Aboriginal’ both formally and informally in Canada.

We honour, celebrate and thank the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam) and Syilx Okanagan peoples on whose territories the main campuses of the University of British Columbia have the privilege to be situated.