The renewed Indigenous Strategic Plan has been in progress since 2017, and will form UBC’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. To the best of our knowledge, UBC is the first university in North America, and possibly the world, to endorse the UN Declaration.
The vision and mission of the Indigenous Strategic Plan has already been adopted by the UBC Board of Governors and is as follows:
Vision: UBC as the leading university globally in implementation of Indigenous peoples’ human rights, as articulated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other international human rights law.
Mission: To guide UBC’s engagement with Indigenous peoples and its commitment to reconciliation, as articulated and called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
The 38-page draft Indigenous Strategic Plan, which continues the work of the 2009 Aboriginal Strategic Plan, has been posted online since June 2018. From this point, the Indigenous Strategic Planning Team has been engaged in a planning process to produce a final action plan, which will provide clear, implementable steps to enhance Indigenous engagement at UBC Vancouver, while also providing an overarching UBC-wide plan to be implemented across both campuses. This plan intends to build upon UBC Okanagan’s recent Declaration of Truth and Reconciliation Commitments. In fact, the UBC-wide strategy will look to integrate UBCO’s current commitments while recognizing the unique contexts and strengths of each campus.
Upcoming Engagement Sessions
We are now at the stage of seeking wider input from faculty, staff and students through a number of engagement sessions. The aim of these events is to facilitate dialogue around the plan’s goals and objectives, inviting ideas and suggestions for actions UBC can take in the next five, 10 or 20 years.
We invite you to share your voice and attend one of the following events:
- Tue, Oct. 29, 2:00-4:00pm – Indigenous Student Engagement Session
- Thu, Oct. 31, 12:00-2:00pm – Indigenous Faculty and Staff Engagement Session #1
- Mon, Nov. 4, 12:30-2:30pm – All Faculty and Staff Engagement Session SESSION IS FULL
- Tue, Nov. 5, 10:00am-12:00pm – All Student Engagement Session
- Tue, Nov. 19, 10:00am-12:00pm – Indigenous Faculty and Staff Engagement Session #2
All sessions will take place at the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall at the First Nations Longhouse, unless otherwise noted. Food and beverages will be provided.
Let us know you’re joining!
UBC Aboriginal Portal
UBC Indigenous Foundations
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (Executive Summary)
Pulling Together: A Guide for Indigenization of Post-Secondary Institutions (Leaders and Administrators)