Indigenous student resources

On this page, you'll find resources to enhance your undergraduate experience as an Indigenous BCom student in our community. The UBC Sauder School of Business aims to support Indigenous BCom students through exclusive programs, awards, and learning spaces.

Academic support for Indigenous BCom students

UBC Sauder actively works towards being an inclusive and supportive space for students of all backgrounds. Dedicated to providing you with academic and cultural support, we offer academic advising services to help you meet your educational and personal goals at UBC.

The following Academic Advisors work specifically with Indigenous BCom students and are the first point of contact for:

  • Course planning
  • Degree requirements
  • Academic concession
  • Graduation checks
  • On-campus community
  • ...and more

Sheila D’Souza

Academic Advisor | UGO
sheila.dsouza@sauder.ubc.ca

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Abril Castillo

Academic Advisor | UGO
abril.castillo@sauder.ubc.ca

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If there are no appointments available, please try the self-serve booking system.

UBC Indigenous Portal

Want to learn more about UBC's Indigenous community? Visit the Indigenous Portal to learn about UBC Vancouver's commitment to Indigenous engagement across campus and beyond. Here, you'll find information about UBC's Indigenous services, communities, and more.

Resources for Indigenous UBC Students

Ensure you have the right tools to navigate your student experience at UBC and find out what resources are available specifically for you.

Find community

First Nations Longhouse

Looking to find other students just like you? The First Nations Longhouse serves as a “home away from home,” as well as an academic, social, spiritual, and cultural hub for Indigenous students attending UBC. As an Indigenous student, you have exclusive access to facilities located inside this resource, including study spaces, computer labs, and more, whilst interacting with other Indigenous members from across campus.

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Indigenous Student Collegium
Indigenous Student Lunches

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X̱wi7x̱wa Library

Get involved

Indigenous Undergraduate Student Research
Work-Integrated Learning Guide for Indigenous Students
Ch'nook Initiative

Spitz Fellows Program for Indigenous Women

Students in the BCom program who identify as an Indigenous woman are eligible to apply for the Spitz Fellows Program. The Program is open to direct entry (from high school), transfer, and current students who demonstrate academic achievement, community engagement, tenacity, leadership skills, and service to others. As a Spitz Fellow, you'll receive an award of at least $10,000 per academic year and be a part of a unique community within UBC Sauder.

Awards available for current Indigenous students

In addition to the scholarships and awards available for general UBC students, these are some awards that are exclusively available to Indigenous BCom students. For a full list of awards and information regarding the application process and eligibility, visit: mybcom.sauder.ubc.ca/courses-money-and-enrolment/scholarships-funding. Please note that award application timelines may vary per award. 

Ovintiv Canada ULC Award in Commerce for Indigenous Students (#1063)
JLL Award for Indigenous Students (#1065)
TD Aboriginal Student Award in Business (#1021)
Cadillac Fairview Award in Real Estate for Indigenous Students (#5021)
W. Maurice Young Memorial Scholarship in Commerce (#1632)
Commerce Undergraduate Society Award in Business for IBPOC Students (#1057)

Indigenous Strategic Plan

UBC has begun to implement its Indigenous Strategic Plan (2020), taking a leading role in the advancement of Indigenous peoples’ human rights. We are the first university in North America to commit to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and to take a human rights-based approach to our Indigenous strategic framework.


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