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Aboriginal High School Students Experience UBC Forestry

October 24, 2016 – The Verna J Kirkness Education Program was founded in 2009, and was designed to increase the number of Aboriginal students in science programs. This past spring saw the first year of this program at UBC, with eight grade 11 students spending one week at the Faculty of Forestry working on science […]

UBC to build Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

September 13, 2016 – The University of British Columbia formally announced yesterday the construction of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSC). This $5.5-million building in the heart of campus will recognize the history and experiences of residential school survivors, and memorialize the thousands of Indigenous children who died while in attendance. VIDEO: […]

Longhouse decking and walkway replacement work

September 1, 2016 – The wooden decking surrounding the Longhouse and the walkway to Xwi7xwa Library has reached the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced. After considerable consultation with university staff, the original architects, Verna Kirkness, community members, and others, it has been decided that the pebbled surface of the Sty-Wet-Tan hall floor will replace […]

On the importance of Indigenous curriculum

August 24, 2016 – When Gord Downie recently told non-Indigenous Canadians that “we were trained our entire lives to ignore” northern Indigenous issues, indeed the peoples themselves, he wasn’t wrong. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission addressed this intentional ignorance in relation to the country’s use of residential schools to “indoctrinate [Indigenous] children into a new culture” in its […]

Aboriginal PhD student Dustin King receives Governor General’s Gold Medal

June 21, 2016 – On May 25th, decked in full academic regalia, Dustin King crossed the stage of UBC’s Chan Centre to accept his PhD degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as the Governor General’s Gold Medal for most outstanding academic record among UBC’s more than 300 doctoral recipients in all disciplines. From […]

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