BCIT Aboriginal Gathering Place

entrance desk

Mi Chap Tukw –The BCIT Aboriginal Gathering Place, on the Burnaby campus, sits on the territory of the Coast Salish people. Mi Chap Tukw means "a home away from home," the logo, which is called Snewayelh, means "teachings," and the hand symbolizes the transfer of knowledge from one generation to the next, raised in the Coast Salish welcome gesture.

Through cultural and educational activities, Mi Chap Tukw – The BCIT Aboriginal Gathering Place creates a sense of inclusion and belonging for Aboriginal students. Students and staff across BCIT are invited to participate in ceremonies celebrating the diversity and richness of the Aboriginal culture.

Aboriginal students are encouraged to enjoy this space and have access to:
•Fully equipped kitchen
•Student computer lounge (6 computer stations and free printing)
•Common area

Mi Chap Tukw – The BCIT Aboriginal Gathering Place (phase 1) was made possible through the Aboriginal Gathering Place grant from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development of B.C in 2008. The Grand Opening took place on November 9, 2011.

Mi Chap Tukw-The BCIT Aboriginal Gathering Place

Mi Chap Tukw –The BCIT Aboriginal Gathering Place is located in building SW1-1521. BCIT Burnaby campus map [PDF].

Get to know the architect: Alfred Waugh, MAIBC, LEED, AP, Architect, Chipweyan Nation.