Media coverage

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


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.

Toronto Star: Systemic racism in Canada’s healthcare system persists

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.

Times Colonist: Indigenous podcast links youth to culture

Jess Boon, Community Outreach Co-ordinator of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC, shares the practical and philosophical intentions of the podcast project, engaging the community during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and validating youth’s agency to tell their truths.

CBC: Judges urged to speak up after Anishinaabe woman faces misogyny, racism during Winnipeg court hearing

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe, Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and law professor at UBC, comments on racism in the judicial system.

Georgia Straight: Paula Bhamji: TD, let us be—a mother’s plea for acceptance of her multiracial children

Open letter cites report, In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care, by Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond Aki-kwe.

Toronto Star: New UBC podcast links Indigenous youth and Knowledge Keepers in conversation

Jess Boon, Community Outreach Co-ordinator of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC, shares the practical and philosophical intentions of the podcast project, engaging the community during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and validating youth’s agency to tell their truths.

The Tyee: Darwyn Deserved a Better Death

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe, Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC, advocated for in-person care for a high-needs teen.