Hometown (Nation): Banff, AB
Graduation Year: May 2015
Degree Specialization: Bachelor of Commerce, FNIS Minor
I took the then year-long FNSP 100 course with Glen Coulthard in my first year at UBC. The course had a major impact on my interest in the FNIS program as a whole. I knew I wanted to be more thoroughly involved in the FNIS community. As a non-Aboriginal commerce student, I felt it was important to learn from students and professors within the program if I was going to one-day work in industries that impact Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.
It is a remarkable community, students and faculty alike. My best memory would be the authenticity of the discussions that take place in class. The learning environment is unlike others I found at UBC.
I chose to work in the Financial Services industry post graduation. The FNIS program provided me with a more complete education and an important perspective that has been incredibly valuable to me both in and out of my career.
For me, completing a Minor in the FNIS program was the best decision I made at UBC. It provided me with the knowledge and perspective to be a better student, citizen, and ally.
What I think many students fail to realize is that nowhere else in the world are they going to receive a higher quality education in First Nation and Indigenous Studies. The faculty are among the best in their field, and university’s location on traditional, unceded, ancestral and occupied land of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Musqueam people provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn what it means to live in Canada or be Canadian.