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Reconciliation’s reckoning: For Indigenous people in Northern Ontario, election season brings disenchantment and defiance

October 17, 2019

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC, was interviewed in the Globe and Mail on the Liberals' scorecard on Indigenous relations. Continue reading

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The Life and Legacy of Chanie Wenjack

October 11, 2019

Secret Path Week is a national week to remember the death of Chanie Wenjack, a young Anishinaabe boy who died trying to run away from residential school and reunite with his parents. Chanie’s story sparked national conversation about the standards … Continue reading

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Job Opening: Research and Engagement Strategist

October 9, 2019

Applications due by October 29 Continue reading

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Job Opening: Education and Programming Strategist

October 9, 2019

Applications due by October 25 Continue reading

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National Student Memorial Register honours children who died in residential school

October 9, 2019

The National Truth and Reconciliation Centre (NCTR) recently held a ceremony honouring the reveal of the National Student Memorial Register, which lists the names of 2,800 students who never returned home from residential schools. The register is intended as a … Continue reading

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Liberals prove they don’t value Indigenous kids as much as other children

October 8, 2019

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-kwe) Professor of Law, UBC Director, Residential School History and Dialogue Centre   Is the life and well-being of an Indigenous child in Canada valued as much as other children? That in 2019 we must still confront … Continue reading

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Trudeau government seeks judicial review in decision to compensate First Nations kids

October 4, 2019

Centre Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is quoted in a recent CBC News story about the child welfare decision. Continue reading

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Scheer says he’d seek ‘judicial review’ of First Nation child welfare compensation

October 3, 2019

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the Centre's Director, was recently quoted in CBC News. Continue reading

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Orange Shirt Day recognizes the harm caused to First Nations students in residential schools

October 1, 2019

Centre Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond was featured in a CFAX Radio segment on the origins of Orange Shirt Day, and Survivor Phyllis Webstad's story. Continue reading

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Canada’s residential schools were houses of pain, but survivors want these buildings to be saved

September 30, 2019

Research done by Tricia Logan, the Centre's Assistant Director of Research and Engagement, was featured in The Globe & Mail. Continue reading

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Indigenous teen’s ‘heinous’ treatment while disclosing abuse indicative of ’pattern,’ former B.C. child representative says

The Canadian Press quoted RSHDC Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, a UBC law professor and B.C.’s former child representative, in an article about the treatment of an Indigenous teen by the RCMP. The article appeared in the Globe and Mail, Global News, Toronto Star and CFJC Today.