Indigenous Students


The Faculty of Land and Food Systems is honoured to exist on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. In this acknowledgement, we as a faculty recognize the need to build strong community relationships with Indigenous people and to provide opportunities for Indigenous students on campus.

How LFS Programs Connect with Indigenous Issues

Undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS) are separated into four Bachelor of Science degrees with individual majors in each of those degrees. The four degrees are: Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Health; Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology; Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems; and Bachelor of Science in Food and Resource Economics.

Each of these streams in our faculty share a core series of courses which highlights how each component of the food system is connected by broader issues. At LFS, we recognize the emergent issues within Indigenous communities as they relate to the food system. These issues include: food security; nutrition; land management; fisheries, wildlife and range management; and food preservation and production. The Faculty of Land and Food Systems is well suited to position students to address these issues within their particular cultural contexts. The Faculty of Land and Food Systems maintains active research partnerships with Canadian and global Indigenous communities; we offer courses focusing on emergent Indigenous issues; and we have facilities, such as the UBC Farm, which promote Indigenous space and initiatives on campus. As a faculty, we are committed to expanding education and research that is relevant to Indigenous communities in Canada and around the globe.

Meet Joel: Academic Advisor, Indigenous Students

My name is Joel Liman. I am an alumni of Land and Food Systems and am passionate about the opportunities for students in this faculty. It is an honour for me to live and work on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. I am available in a variety of ways to help students during their time at UBC. If you have questions about admissions, academic planning, research, careers or getting involved in Indigenous initiatives on campus, I am here to help. Please do not hesitate to set up an appointment with me.

Meet Kala Draney: FNH Alumna studying medicine at UBC

Kala’s passion for health and nutrition ignited in childhood, growing up in Skeetchestn, BC. After completing two years of science coursework at Thompson Rivers University, she transferred to the Faculty of Land and Food Systems to pursue a major (Food, Nutrition and Health) that further reinforced her interests, as she mapped a pathway to medicine. Kala is now pursing her dream of becoming a doctor in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. Learn more about Kala’s journey here.

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