During the week of October 22 to 28, students in residence were invited to participate in Ignite: Indigenous Insight Week. Ignite is part of SHHS’s efforts to acknowledge our location on unceded Musqueam territory and to engage our student residents in conversation about Indigenous issues at UBC and beyond.

Ignite was organized by Sarah Ling, Project Manager – Indigenous Initiatives in collaboration with Residence Life student leaders and SHHS staff.

Ignite: Indigenous Insight Week was an incredible experience for many of the residents I had the chance to speak with. Some of them will only live here for a short time, but through this initiative, they now have a greater understanding of our hosts, the Musqueam people, and Indigenous issues to build upon during their studies at UBC.” — Sarah Ling, Project Manager – Indigenous Initiatives, SHHS & St. John’s College


The week kicked-off with a wonderful and well-attended launch of the new house logos for həm̓ləsəm̓, q̓ələχən, and c̓əsnaʔəm houses at Totem Park.

Another highlight included 3 Indigenous food pop-ups at Orchard, Feast and Gather residence dining rooms. Executive Chef Brad Vigue cooked up Alder-smoked Wild Sockeye salmon, wild mushroom ragout, wild rice pilaf, plus bannock and fire-roasted Chilliwack corn.

Throughout the week, students also attended documentary films, a speaker panel, and a walking tour of Indigenous sites on campus.

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Photo gallery

Check out some photos from Ignite!