Media coverage

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


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.

Vancouver Sun: B.C. prioritizing negotiation over litigation for Indigenous rights

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 former judge comments on the Province’s new approach to resolving legal disputes with Indigenous Peoples.

Indo-Canadian Voice: Thousands share their thoughts on using data to address systemic racism

Recommendations from In Plain Sight report authored by Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe, informs new anti-racism data legislation from the Province.

Globe and Mail: Why Ottawa dropped appeal of Catholic Church payouts for residential school survivors

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe, Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and law professor at UBC Allard School of Law, comments on the Government of Canada’s abandonment of the appeal of a court ruling that released the Catholic Church from its financial obligations to residential school survivors.

The Province: Vancouver park to be scanned for unmarked graves near former orphanage

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 Vancouver parks board decision to conduct an archeological assessment in Burrard View Park.

Globe and Mail: Pope Francis’s apology for abuses at church-run residential schools unlikely to have legal ramifications, experts say

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe, Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and professor at the UBC Allard School of Law comments on the Pope’s apology.

North Shore News: Systemic racism in Canada’s health-care system persists

In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care report by Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is quoted in reference to efforts by EHN Canada to highlight the disparities in health-care access among Indigenous peoples living in urban centres.

Windspeaker: Indigenous leaders take regional steps to tackle racism in health care

Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is quoted, and her report In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care cited.