'En Cha Huná ('En = he/she; Cha = also; Huná = lives)
UNBC’s motto, from the Dakelh (Carrier) Elders, is used to remind us that all people have a voice and a viewpoint. Interpreted as "respecting all forms of life," ‘En Cha Huná encapsulates the spirit of academic freedom, respect for others, and willingness to recognize different perspectives.
Ignite. Inspire. Lead Change.
UNBC facilitates learning and generates knowledge through teaching and research. How we do that is unique.
We are connected to the North and the communities that call northern British Columbia home.
Supporting the sustainability of these communities is why we exist – this is what drives UNBC.
In service to the North, we ignite curiosity, inspire creativity, and champion excellence to help the region thrive.
We lead positive change by sharing what we learn with the world.
Leading a Sustainable Future
Education. Research. Community Impact.
In our workplaces, relationships, and communications, we are committed to positive and productive work and learning environments.
Our values inform our lives, our decisions, and our choices. At UNBC we value:
Excellence in teaching and research is a central tenet of a destination university.
Experiential learning and discovery
Our community celebrates and strives to provide an unparalleled learning experience which ensures that our students are prepared to meet the challenges of a fast-paced modern world, while stepping up and making a difference. UNBC is a champion of intellectual freedom, academic inquiry, learning for its own sake, access to information, learning through applied and best practices in experiential initiatives, and the development and mobilization of new knowledge.
Inclusiveness and diversity
Social and cultural diversity is core to enriching the learning environment of a modern university. The confluence of diversity and respectful discussion stimulates creative thoughts, new ways of thinking, and new pathways of inquiry. This ensures that our research questions address society as a whole and enables us
to train leaders who understand our local and global communities.
UNBC is a place where community thrives and where we strive to understand and care for other members of our University. It is a place all are welcome and where we commit to being respectful, innovative, resourceful, and responsive in our interactions with others.
To succeed we must be true to who we are, and focus on where we are now and what we want to be in the future. We are honest, supportive, and forthright in all our interactions, confronting problems and issues openly and constructively.