UBC’s Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (RSHDC) is a Survivor-centred and trauma informed space, facilitating access to records related to Canada’s Indian Residential School System.

Drawing on community engagement, emergent technologies, and creative and collaborative structures, the RSHDC aims to facilitate a variety of engagements and support informed dialogue and more transparent information practices, research and pedagogy.

Explore exhibitions, browse the collections, listen to Survivors, attend an event and learn about on-going legacy of residential schools in Canada.

Notice: Beginning January 10, the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (RHSDC) upper level will be under construction for an HVAC retrofit. Construction is scheduled to last until April 2020. Learn more and plan your visit.

Upcoming events

(De)colonial spaces of memory activism colloquia by Dr. Tricia Logan, February 6. Learn more.


Stop by and visit our exhibition on the lower level or learn more.


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An Opera and Symposium: Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

January 27 is the International Day of Commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust, and marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. In honour of the victims, UBC Opera Ensemble (School of Music), the Modern European Studies Program (Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies) and the Witnessing Auschwitz International Seminar (Go Global) have organized a symposium leading up to the UBC Opera’s presentation of the Canadian premiere of “The Passenger” by Mieczyslaw Weinberg.

The four-day symposium runs Monday, January 27 to Thursday, January 30. The symposium will include speakers and panel discussions, including a talk on residential schools from Dr. Tricia Logan, RSHDC’s head of Research and Engagement which will take place at the Centre. Sasha Duranseaud, a digital system consultant at RSHDC and an alumni of Witnessing Auschwitz, will also present at the panel Remembering Holocaust Survivors in the UBC Community. The full program is available online.

Other events happening include satellite exhibits:

“Experiencing the Holocaust, Sharing Memories: The UBC Community Reading and Witnessing Auschwitz”
The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
January 15 – February 28

“Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Exhibit”
at Hillel House, January 27 – 30
at Chan Centre, January 30 – February 2

Learn more about the exhibits

  1. (De)colonial Spaces of Memory Activism Leave a reply
  2. Centre under construction until April 2020 Leave a reply
  3. Primer on practice shifts required with Canada’s Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families Act Leave a reply
  4. Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre congratulates BC on implementing a key Call to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Leave a reply
  5. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond receives honorary degree from Carleton University Leave a reply
  6. Stepping Down?, Virtual Kidnapping & Firing Over a Tweet Leave a reply
  7. B.C. Indigenous rights law aims to make First Nations full participants Leave a reply
  8. Editorial: Confronting Myths About Indigenous Consent Leave a reply
  9. Reconciliation’s reckoning: For Indigenous people in Northern Ontario, election season brings disenchantment and defiance Leave a reply