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.

Looking back on 2013 . . .

Looking back on 2013 . . .

UBC suspended classes on September 18, 2013 so that faculty, students and staff could participate in the National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in Vancouver that day. See the Video . . . What is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission? What was the National Event? How did people get involved? The […]

Changing the Lens Workshop Participants Wanted!

“Changing the Lens” is a UBC theatre project exploring cultural identity that is developing an exploration of Indian Residential School history. Would you like to get involved? Contact changingthelens@gmail.com

Rising UP! Celebrating Indigenous Youth Arts and Performance.

Rising UP! Celebrating Indigenous Youth Arts and Performance.

Join us on September 26th, 2013 for Rising UP! Celebrating Indigenous Youth Arts and Performance.  Taking place just one week after the historic Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Vancouver, this concert will showcase some of the best Indigenous music, art, performance, and dance in the lower mainland. Come out and celebrate cultural revitalization, innovation, and […]

Our Truth: Truth and Reconciliation at UBC

Our Truth: Truth and Reconciliation at UBC

From irsi.aboriginal.ubc.ca: “The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was established to gather testimony on survivors’ experiences of the Indian Residential Schools. From the 18th to the 21st of September 2013, the Commission will be conducting the last of its west coast National Events in Vancouver. UBC has taken the extraordinary step of suspending classes […]

Symposium: Traumatic Histories, Artistic Practice and Working from the Margins

Friday, November 15, 2013, 9:30 am-5:30 pm Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre This symposium features lectures by a distinguished international panel of scholars, artists and curators.  Traumatic Histories will convene around questions arising from the exhibition, including curatorial issues, the role of artistic practice in reconciliation (along with a fundamental investigation of the […]

Concert by UBC Contemporary Players at the Belkin

Friday, November 29, 2013, 2:00 pm Join us for a concert by the UBC Contemporary Players at the Belkin Art Gallery. Ensemble directors Corey Hamm and Paolo Bortolussi present a program inspired by the Witnesses exhibition and Indian residential schools. All are welcome. Admission is free. For information on these events and public programming for […]

Cathy Busby, WE ARE SORRY, 2013

Artist talk with Cathy Busby at the Belkin

Thursday, October 31, 2013, 12:30 pm Cathy Busby is an Adjunct Professor of Visual Art in the UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory.  Based in Halifax, she has been exhibiting her work internationally over the past twenty years. Busby grew up in the suburbs of Toronto until 1974 when she had the […]

Beau Dick, The Ghost Con-fined to the Chair, 2012

Artist talk with Beau Dick at the Belkin

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 12:30 pm Beau Dick is the Artist in Residence at the UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory. Dick, acclaimed as one of the Northwest Coast’s most versatile and talented carvers, was born on Village Island, Kingcome Inlet, BC and lives and works in Alert Bay, BC. Reaching out […]

Peter Morin

Performance by Peter Morin at the Belkin

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 12:30 pm Sunday, December 1, 2013, 1:30 pm Artist Peter Morin will perform This is not a simple movement at the Belkin Gallery as part of the Witnesses exhibition. In his words, “We live in a land created through forcible impact, a land influenced by the movement of steel scissor blades. […]

Darryl Hol

Reflections: September 18th, 2013 TRC Event

“They call it ‘Residential School Syndrome’, and it just goes on and on and on.” These words from Leonard Alexcee, a survivor of the Port Alberni Indian Residential School, as he shared his story with Justice Murray Sinclair and an audience of witnesses at the Pacific Coliseum on the first day of the Truth and […]