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Coordinates: 53°53′14.40″N 122°48′49.40″W / 53.887333°N 122.813722°W / 53.887333; -122.813722

University of Northern British Columbia
Motto En Cha Huná ("He/she also lives." in Carrier)
Established 1990
Type Public University
Endowment $65 million
Chancellor Alex Michalos
President Dr. George Iwama
Provost Dr. Mark Dale
Students 4177 (2007/2008)
Undergraduates 3504 (2007/2008)
Postgraduates 642 (200/2008)
Location Canada Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Tagline Canada's Green University
Colours gold      and Green     
Nickname UNBC
Mascot Timber-wolves
Affiliations UArctic, ACU, AUCC, IAU, CIS, AUFSC, CBIE, CUP.
Website UNBC main page

The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) is a small, research-intensive university whose main campus is in Prince George, British Columbia. UNBC also has regional campuses in the northern British Columbia cities of Prince Rupert, Terrace, Quesnel, and Fort St. John. 4177 students were enrolled at UNBC in the 2007-2008 academic year.[1] In 2007, the University obtained the trademark for "Canada's Green University" [2] and is linked into the Wiki Campus Climate Network[1]. The university press, The Over the Edge, is a member of the Canadian University Press. Because of its northern latitude, UNBC is a member of the University of the Arctic.



The British Columbia legislature passed Bill 40, (the UNBC Act) that formally established the university, on June 22, 1990[3] The university was established in response to a grass roots movement spearheaded by the Interior University Society. UNBC offered a limited number of courses in rented office space in 1992 and 1993 but opened officially, for full operation, in 1994 with the completion of the main Prince George campus after two years of construction.

The governance was modelled on the provincial University of Toronto Act of 1906 which established a bicameral system of university government consisting of a Senate (composed of members of the faculty), responsible for academic policy, and a board of governors (composed of members of the community) exercising exclusive control over financial policy and having formal authority in all other matters. The President, appointed by the board, was to provide a link between the two bodies and to perform institutional leadership.[4] The current President is Dr. George Iwama, whose term as President began July 1, 2009.[5]

Features and Buildings

The campus is located on Cranbrook Hill, overlooking the city of Prince George from the west and is widely renowned for its innovative architecture. The separate buildings are linked by an agora that is partially below ground level. It is the efficient heating system connected to all the core campus buildings that permits UNBC to pursue its goal of heating the university by the gasification of clean-burning, renewable wood pellets, collected from the waste of pine trees killed by the mountain pine beetle epidemic.

UNBC's buildings are designed to represent the northern landscape. The 'Winter Garden' area has a flowing blue staircase below a ceiling of wooden lattices, representing the west coast rain forests. The cafeteria has a lighthouse design representative of the North's rugged coastline. There are also other structures, such as triangular glass peaks, which represent mountains and act as sky-lights for the UNBC Bookstore.


UNBC's motto 'En cha huná literally means "He/she also lives." in the Nak'azdli (Fort St. James) dialect of Carrier. It is said to be a saying meaning "other people have their point of view" or "respect everyone's point of view".[6]

Student life

NUGSS or the Northern Undergraduate Students Society represents the undergraduate students at the University of Northern British Columbia. A non-profit organization, the Student Society is the voice for students and facilitates various events. The NUGSS executive composes of five executive directors and six associates who are elected to one-year terms. The First Nations Centre provides support services for aboriginal students, including bringing in elders, counselling, and events such as talking circles and sweats.

Student media

  • Over The Edge, a weekly student newspaper. Established in 1994.
  • CFUR, the campus radio station.
  • Watt, a music and entertainment magazine produced by CFUR.

Notable alumni

  • James Moore (Member of Parliament and Conservative Cabinet Member)

Images of UNBC

See also


Further reading

  • Charles J. McCaffray (1995). UNBC, a Northern Crusade: The how and who of B.C.'s Northern University. Duncan, British Columbia: the author. ISBN 0968030009.  

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