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Faculty Research

Below here is a selection of some faculty research projects on Indigenous topics. Please check back often as we will be updating and expanding this page soon.


Regions differ in Indigenous acknowledgement at Canadian universities

March 1, 2017 – Acknowledgement of Indigenous lands, treaties and peoples vary at universities across Canada, finds a new study from the University of British Columbia, the first academic study of its kind. The study identified five different types of acknowledgement at universities in B.C., the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic. These acknowledgements are […]

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Program benefits Indigenous women experiencing violence

December 15, 2016 – Indigenous women face rates of violence at least four times higher than other women in Canada. UBC nursing professor Colleen Varcoe and her colleagues recently evaluated an intervention to determine what works best to improve the health of Indigenous women who experience violence, including partner violence. In this Q&A, she talks […]

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Nursing professor’s mentorship makes an impact in Aboriginal communities and beyond

December 22, 2015 – Annette Browne, professor at UBC’s School of Nursing, has won the 2015 John McNeill Excellence in Health Research Mentorship Award for her outstanding research contributions and engagement as an educator, mentor and community scholar. Browne focuses on addressing inequities in health, particularly within Aboriginal communities. She conducts research on access to […]

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Study links sexual assault to legacy of Indian residential schools and childhood abuse

NEWS RELEASE | April 10, 2015 | Children of residential school survivors and victims of childhood sexual abuse are at increased risk of sexual assault VANCOUVER – A new study by The Cedar Project is the first in Canada to show that survivors of sexual abuse and children of residential school survivors are at disproportionately […]

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Protecting Land, Protecting People

From Guyana to Vancouver, Janette Bulkan has built a career on protecting indigenous land rights and access to resources.

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New Chair of UBC’s First Nations Studies Talks Native Politics and Indigenous Fantasy Novels

Author and educator Daniel Heath Justice has joined UBC as both the new chair of its First Nations Studies Program, and as an associate professor in the Department of English.... ArtsWIRE spoke with Justice about his new role, his goals for the First Nations Studies Program, and about his success as a fantasy author.

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Traditional dancing connects researcher to her language

Candace Galla
Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla’s emails begin with Aloha and end with na’u—literally meaning ‘mine’ or equivalent to ‘yours’ in Hawaiian—or Mahalo—thank you. “It’s about finding spaces to use the language,” says Galla, who studies indigenous language revitalization in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at UBC’s Faculty of Education.

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UBC Professor Testifies to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

UBC Professor Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot was in Sicangu Lakota Oyate (Rosebud Sioux reservation) in South Dakota this month to provide written and oral testimony to Professor James Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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Children teaching parents about Aboriginal culture: UBC study

In a unique role reversal, children in literacy programs for indigenous families are learning about Aboriginal culture and language and teaching it to their parents - many of whom are missing this knowledge because of Canada’s history of residential schools and child welfare removal policies...

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Aboriginal Oral Histories in the Courtroom

In 1997, the Supreme Court of Canada’s Delgamuukw decision determined that oral traditions must be placed “on an equal footing with the types of historical evidence that courts are familiar with” in Aboriginal land claims court proceedings. But how has oral history been used in the courts since that potentially ground-breaking ruling?

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