Indigenous Engagement

UBC Creative Writing alumni event, "Writing the Future"

The School of Creative Writing at UBC Point Grey is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

We warmly welcome applications from Indigenous students to our BFA and MFA programs. Some prominent Indigenous alumni include Eden Robinson, Katherena Vermette, Jordan Abel, and Michelle Good.

For more information, please see some frequently asked questions below.

Billy-Ray Belcourt (Assistant Professor, Indigenous writing) is a writer and scholar from the Driftpile Cree Nation. Frances Koncan (Assistant Professor) is an Anishinaabe and Slovene playwright and theatre artist from Couchiching First Nation. Bronwen Tate (Assistant Professor of Teaching) is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. A.W. Hopkins (Adjunct Professor) is a member of the N’Quatqua First Nation. He is an award winning writer and director.

Professor Billy-Ray Belcourt (Driftpile Cree Nation) teaches three CRWR courses in the Indigenous writing stream: CRWR 220, 420, and 521. In these courses, students engage with work by contemporary Indigenous writers and produce original creative-critical work across genres about topics such as colonialism, identity, place, and power. Professor Belcourt is available to supervise theses in this vein as well; there may also be TA opportunities in CRWR 220 for grad students.

There are a number of awards for Indigenous students at UBC. For further information, please go to Awards for Indigenous Students. At the graduate level, UBC offers multi-year fellowships to Master's and doctoral Indigenous students. Creative Writing supports MFA students through Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship bridge funding.

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