Media coverage

The Centre and the staff are often featured in news and publications at the local and national level.


MacLean’s: Inside UBC’s Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

Architect Alfred Waugh of Formline Architecture and designer of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC comments on harmonizing Indigenous and Western ways of knowing and the significance of winning a Governor General’s award.

Full Circle: The Aboriginal Healing Foundation & the Unfinished Work of Hope, Healing & Reconciliation

“This book is about the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, but much more besides. That is because the Foundation’s board of directors were eager to tell a story, rather than issue a multi-volume quantitative academic analysis. Formal reports of this character have great value, and the reader who wishes material of that kind may obtain it. The […]

Still Here, Still Healing

A podcast that brings awareness to the history and lasting impacts of residential schools as well as the ongoing impacts of colonization. Listen to stories from residential school survivors and learn from discussions with Indigenous youth about topics such as culture, language, identity, and community. Still Here Still Healing | Podcast on Spotify

Globe and Mail: B.C. sees spike in critical injuries to youth in government care during pandemic’s first year

Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe, Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and law professor at UBC, comments on the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development withholding data.

Ubyssey: ‘It’s not some facade’: Four years after rocky opening, IRSHDC makes strides to serve residential school, intergenerational survivors

Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe, Academic Director, and Kristen Kozar, Digital Collections Specialist, comment on the impacts of and maturation of the Centre’s team, activities, and services.

Globe and Mail: Ottawa appoints special interlocutor for residential school burial sites

Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe, law professor at UBC comments on the appointment of a special interlocutor to ensure culturally appropriate treatment of unmarked graves and burial sites at former residential schools.

The Province: B.C. introduces ‘monumental’ anti-racism legislation

In Plain Sight report by Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe, Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and law professor at UBC cited in article addressing B.C.’s anti-racism legislation.

Globe and Mail: B.C. introduces law to collect data on race

Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe, Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre, professor at the Allard School of Law, and author of the In Plain Sight report comments on traditional data from the federal census.

BC Medical Journal: Delivering respectful, safe health care to Indigenous people in BC

Further to the release of the In Plain Sight report by Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe, Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, the Joint Collaborative Committees—a collaboration between Doctors of BC and the BC government to improve BC’s health care system—have prioritized partnering with Indigenous communities and health care organizations.

Vancouver Sun: Community groups hope B.C. anti-racism law will help rather than harm

In Plain Sight report by Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe, Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and law professor at UBC cited in article addressing B.C.’s anti-racism legislation.