Media coverage

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


Expert health team will drive action to confront systemic racism against Indigenous peoples

In Plain Sight Task Team is now in place to help resolve Indigenous-specific racism in health care based on the recommendations from the In Plain Sight report, based on an independent review led by IRSHDC Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe.

Globe & Mail: Documents cast doubt on whether Catholic Church met obligations for residential school survivors

IRSHDC Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-Kwe) comments on settlement obligations and release of all related documents.

Youtube: Honouring the Children: Social action for truth, reconciliation and justice

IRSHDC Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, joins Jordan Bighorn and Dr. Roshan Danesh in conversation at the Association for Bahá’í Studies – North America.

Catholic bishops pledge $30M for residential school survivors, AFN expresses skepticism

Centre Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, spoke to the CBC News about the $30-million announcement.

Vancouver Sun: Increased mental health support for those impacted by Indian residential schools is ‘a drop in the bucket’

Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond calls on the Minister of Public Safety and the Attorney-General for accountability and investigations into missing children and unmarked burials.

UBC: Returning Home and Pathways to Reconciliation

IRSHDC Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-Kwe) provides opening remarks for film screenings at the UBC Chan Centre.

YouTube: A call-to-action for Orange Shirt Day | National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Hear from UBC’s Chancellor and President, UBCO Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and IRSHDC Academic Director

The Washington Post: After summer of horrific discoveries, Indigenous issues are getting little attention in Canada’s election campaign

Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe, Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC, comments in the Washington Post on the lack of attention to reconciliation and Indigenous affairs in the election campaign.

CBC: 81 St. Anne’s residential school compensation cases require ‘significant review,’ says court filing

Centre Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, spoke to CBC news about St. Anne’s residential school compensation cases delay.

BC500: BIV BC 500: Law – Indigenous Rights

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Akikwe, named as one of BIVnews 500 ‘most influential business leaders in BC’.

IRSHDC Academic Director, Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe, comments on the records for a campaign filed by the Catholic Church to be released from the obligation to pay millions owed to residential school survivors.