Our Partners

CIS is fortunate to work with a number of outstanding partner organizations, communities and units. Learn more about our partner organizations below.

UBC Arts Indigenous Student Advising (AISA) in the Faculty of Arts supports the success of new and continuing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students. Advising staff are available year-round to help with course planning, degree requirements, academic concession, graduation checks and finding your on-campus community. Click here to visit AISA’s website.

Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning is an Indigenous land-based post-secondary school located in Northern Canada. The programming is designed by academics, Elders, community leaders, and northern students with the goal of offering accessible, holistic, and family-centered education rooted in Indigenous knowledge. CIS works with Dechinta to schedule programming and our students can also register for the program. Learn more about Dechinta here.

UBC Vancouver Indigenous Portal is where you can learn about UBC’s commitment to Indigenous engagement at its Vancouver campus. The Portal is an information resource for Indigenous students, faculty and the wider community. Visit the Portal.

First Nations and Endangered Languages, alongside Kaska First Nations, supports the Kaska Language Program. Kaska is a Northern Dene (Athabaskan) language, closely related to neighboring Dene languages such as Talhtan, Sekani, Beaver, Slavey, Southern Tutchone and Northern Tutchone. Check out the program’s website to learn more about the program.


Musqueam Language and Culture department strives to offer sustainable programming to meet the broader constituency of Musqueam people who want to speak their ancestral language among themselves and with extended family members who live in other hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ communities. Click here to visit the FNEL website and learn more about FNEL’s relationship with the Musqueam Indian Band’s Musqueam Language and Culture department.

Heiltsuk Language and Culture was founded through a Memorandum of Understanding active from 2016-2020. It resulted from a joint partnership between the Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre, the Bella Bella Community School and UBC’s First Nations and Endangered Languages Program. Its aim is to create new opportunities for speaking, writing and reading the Heiltsuk language by expanding and deepening existing community language revitalization and cultural documentation in a digital environment. Learn more at the Heiltsuk Language and Culture website.


Unceded Airwaves is a bi-weekly radio program produced by CiTR’s Indigenous Collective. They are committed to centering Indigenous voices and offering alternative narratives that empower Indigenous people and their stories. Recognizing that media has often been used as a tool to subordinate or appropriate Indigenous voices, they are committed to subverting these dynamics. Check out their website.

Xwi7xwa Library is a centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship. Its collections and services reflect Indigenous approaches to teaching, learning, and research. Learn more about Xwi7xwa Library at their website.

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia is world-renowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs, and community connections.Learn more about MOA here.

Indigenous Initiatives – Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology aims to support the development of a higher standard of professionalism when conducting discussions on Indigenous and other contentious social issues. This unit provides expertise and support for initiatives committed to improving classroom climate and campus environments conducive to student success, and strengthening local capacity to conduct effective approaches to cross-cultural dialogues. To learn more about Indigenous Initiative’s services and resources, visit their website here.

NITEP, the Indigenous Teacher Education Program, began as an elementary teacher education program in September of 1974 in response to needs expressed by Indigenous people throughout BC for a more effective and relevant teacher education program. There is a shortage of Indigenous teachers in BC, and an increasing number of Indigenous people desire to become teachers. NITEP was designed to meet these particular needs.To learn more about NITEP, click here.