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Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre opens April 9, 2018

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Welcome to the UBC Vancouver Aboriginal Portal

UBC’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional and ancestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. At UBC events, it is common to acknowledge Musqueam territory.

Why do we acknowledge Musqueam territory?

Please see the welcome from Musqueam elder sʔəyəɬəq (Larry Grant), above here, or on the Musqueam Affiliation page where you will also find FHNL director Linc Kesler’s explanation. You might also want to visit the UBC Aboriginal Centennial Page for a look at our history. UBC’s Okanagan campus is located on the territory of the Okanagan Nation. Visit the UBC-O Aboriginal Programs and Services site to learn about initiatives and opportunities at the Okanagan campus.


A Little Knowledge . . .

A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, but, when students enter university with very little knowledge of Aboriginal people, history, and circumstances, sometimes even a little knowledge can make a real difference. Watch Maryel Sparks-Cardinal’s short video . . .

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Opinion: Reconciliation includes an Indigenous education

I recently completed Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education, a free Massive Open Online Course commendably delivered by UBC Professor Jan Hare of the Faculty of Education and her team. I found the course remarkable for the amount of Indigenous history, cultural practices, and worldviews it covered. But to truly appreciate the importance of this course to […]

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FNHL Graduation Celebration 2018

On Saturday, May 26th, at the UBC First Nations Longhouse, the First Nations House of Learning will be holding its annual graduation celebration for participating Indigenous graduates. Similar to past years, the event will be webcasted live for those interested in the proceedings, but unable to attend. To view the proceedings live, return here on […]

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Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond joins Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and Allard School of Law

April 26, 2018 – Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, a renowned Indigenous Canadian judge, lawyer and advocate for children and Indigenous restorative justice, has joined UBC as the inaugural director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) and as a professor with the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Turpel-Lafond, or Aki-kwe, is Cree […]

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UBC apologizes to Indian residential school survivors at centre opening

April 18, 2018 – Last week, on April 9th, more than 1000 people gathered inside and outside of a protective rain shelter to witness the opening of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, which also included UBC President Santa J. Ono apologizing to survivors of Indian residential schools for the university’s involvement in […]

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UBC Film Screening: Richard Wagamese’s ‘Indian Horse’

April 13, 2018 – A special screening of the feature film Indian Horse, an adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel, is being held at the UBC First Nations Longhouse on Tuesday, May 1st, at 7 PM. This dramatic film sheds light on a dark era when Canada’s Indian residential schools dominated the lives of Indigenous […]

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