What People Are Doing

A broad range of initiatives are underway at UBC that address the history and legacy of the Indian residential school system. See below for a sample of what people are doing. Also check out what instructors are doing in their classes.

Coping with Complicated Feelings

Coping with Complicated Feelings

The Indian Residential School Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Vancouver, September 18, 2013 *The Commission will ensure there are appropriate health supports available at all TRC events. Other health support services including professional counselling and cultural supports by an Elder may be requested through Health Canada (TRC Website). This information sheet is designed to give […]

Rima Wilkes

Why Reconciliation Matters

Rima Wilkes on the tragedy of Indian residential schools and the importance of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s National Event in Vancouver Two years ago, Associate Prof. of Sociology Rima Wilkes listened to the testimony of Indian residential school survivors at an event organized by UBC’s First Nations House of Learning. The moving […]

“I Have to Tell My Story” Exploring Residential School History & Present-Day Impacts through Interactive Theatre

“I Have to Tell My Story” Exploring Residential School History & Present-Day Impacts through Interactive Theatre

I Have to Tell My Story is created and performed by Aboriginal Elders and youth and will be facilitated by David Diamond, Artistic and Managing Director, who will continue a process of handing over the facilitation to two of the Circles of Understanding workshop participants, Sam Bob and Susan Powell.

UBC Okanagan campus – The Road to Reconciliation:

UBC Okanagan campus – The Road to Reconciliation:

Aboriginal Programs and Services, the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, Indigenous Studies, and the Library have partnered to develop a series of events and programming that align with the goals and principles of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and that coincide with the last National Event in Vancouver.  In order to provide a wide-range […]

UBC Okanagan campus – Understanding Truth and Reconciliation:

UBC Okanagan campus – Understanding Truth and Reconciliation:

Aboriginal Programs and Services, the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, Indigenous Studies, and the Library have partnered to develop a series of events and programing that align with the goals and principles of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and that coincide with the last National Event in Vancouver. In order to provide a wide-range […]

Erica Baker is the coordinator for a student-directed seminar on reconciliation. Photo: Don Erhardt.

Confronting the past, looking to the future

A new seminar on the effects of Canada’s residential schools gives students a chance to contribute to something bigger than themselves Talking about Canada’s past with Indian residential schools – and how to move forward – can be a sensitive subject, but one Erica Baker refuses to shy away from. The UBC student is the […]

Cathy Busby
WE ARE SORRY, 2009

Installation view Laneway Commissions, Melbourne Courtesy of the artist

Photo: Peter Bennetts

Cathy Busby’s WE ARE SORRY 2013 at the UBC Koerner Library

As part of the exhibition Witnesses: Art and Canada’s Indian Residential Schools at the UBC Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, artist Cathy Busby’s WE ARE SORRY 2013 is on view at the UBC Walter C. Koerner Library. This exhibition is a collaboration between the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the Walter C. […]

What’s race got to do with it?

Where does race come into our work as anti-violence workers and support workers? Why should we care about race? Mainstream media and Canada’s ‘Multiculturalism’ policies tells us that we’re living in a ‘post-racial’ world; A world that is past the so-called race question. An alluring sentiment indeed, but one that is deeply flawed. Spreading the […]

UBC Library Staff and SLAIS Students Participate in Workshop

UBC Library Staff and SLAIS Students Participate in Workshop

On Sept 12, UBC Librarians, Library staff, and students from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies Program are learning about and discussing the roles of library and information workers with the TRC.

Learning technologies, information practice, and the Indian Residential School System

Learning technologies, information practice, and the Indian Residential School System

Students in LIBR 569A will tools in Blackboard Connect to reflect on problem-based scenarios that illustrate the disconnect between accepted library and archival practice and respectful engagements with Indigenous peoples and cultures. Course content will also introduce students to a range of technologies and how their use meets the needs of or conflicts with contemporary […]