Media coverage

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


North Shore News: 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.

CBC: Ottawa backs Indigenous child welfare law after Quebec court declares parts of it unconstitutional

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe, Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC, wants the federal government to appeal the Quebec Court of Appeal’s decision that found Bill C-92—the Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families—constitutional apart from two key sections.

Vancouver Magazine: 2022 Power 50 List

The Centre’s Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-Kwe) has been named one of Vancouver’s 50 most influential people in the Vanmag 2022 Power 50 list, curated by Vancouver Magazine.

CBC: Crown-Indigenous relations minister ‘absolutely open’ to review of survivor compensation deal

December 21, 2021 Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC, identifies requirements for review of the compensation deal between Catholic entities and Residential School Survivors.

Vancouver Sun: ‘We’re changing this narrative’: The delicate balance between searching for unmarked graves and First Nations’ hope for the future

December 12, 2021 The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre Academic Director, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, comments on Canada’s need for “the best possible regime” for unmarked graves.

CBC: The Current with Matt Galloway

December 10, 2021 The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre Academic Director, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, speaks with The Current’s Matt Galloway about Minister Miller’s announcement of the release of further federal residential school records.

CBC: Residential school timelines, unmarked graves part of new web resource for survivors

The Centre’s new online collection of web resources highlighted and Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre Academic Director, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, quoted in CBC article.

Toronto Star: Documents reveal inside story of national library’s mad dash to clean up website after Star exposed ‘offensive’ content

Several recommendations by Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre Academic Director, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, including a publicly funded national Indigenous archives as well as an external review of how the National Library and Archives presents information.

CBC: 1 year after review of anti-Indigenous racism in B.C. health care, author says little progress has been made

Report on Statement issued by Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre Academic Director, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, about the one-year anniversary of the In Plain Sight Report.

CBC: Pope accepts invitation to Canada to meet with Indigenous groups, Vatican says

IRSHDC Academic Director, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, comments on Pope’s proposed visit with Indigenous groups