Indigenous Foundations

Indigenous Foundations is a web resource created by the UBC First Nations Studies Program that provides concise information and video resources on Aboriginal topics. The site includes extensive background on government policies, an introduction to the history and legacy of the Indian residential school system, and both complete and edited video records of UBC’s “Dialogue on the History and Legacy of the Indian Residential Schools”–a very useful introduction and more detailed exploration of this history.

Faculty and staff at First Nations Studies created the site to address this gap in knowledge and make this foundational information available to people in an accessible format.

“The site is designed to give introductory information fairly clearly,” says Dr. Linc Kesler, who worked on the initial site design, “but it also creates the opportunity for students to follow up on that basic information and learn more, and connect the things they are learning across a wider spectrum of understanding.”

The site not only supports students in their studies, but also provides instructors, researchers and the broader public with a starting point to their investigations of these topics.

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