Landed Learning Indigenous Education Program (LLIEP)

The Landed Learning Indigenous Education Program (LLIEP) pilot operated during the 2017-18 school year at the UBC Farm on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Every other week, students from Xpey’ Elementary School partner with Indigenous adult mentors, Indigenous youth mentors, and community volunteers at the UBC Farm to honour traditional practices of caring for the land, caring for self, and caring for community.

LLIEP engages youth in:

Land care through connecting with the food and medicinal plants and animals of the garden and forest.  


Team care through team-building and caring for our community.  


Self care through ceremony, workshops to honour traditional knowledge and personal identity, opportunities for personal challenge, and connections to food.   


LLIEP aims to advance Indigenous perspectives in land-based elementary education at the UBC Farm on the traditional, unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. The program is guided by the following principles:

  • Gratitude for & Relationship with the Land
  • Learning from the Land (as teacher and healer)
  • Modeling Healthy Interpersonal Relationships
  • Following Protocols of the Territory
  • Honouring Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Ceremony
  • Respecting Elders
  • Connecting to Culture & Language
  • Empowering the Community
  • Caring for Self (mind, body, emotion, & spirit)