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Statement on Unmarked Graves at the Former Kuper Island Residential School Site

July 14, 2021
The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) at UBC is troubled by the recent finding of over 160 unmarked graves by the Penelakut Tribe, in the area in which the Kuper Island Residential School once operated. It is not yet clear how many of those graves belong to children forced to attend the […]

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-Kwe) Statement Congratulating Cowessess First Nation

July 7, 2021
“Cowessess First Nation has made history by asserting their jurisdiction over child and family services. The child and care system as it exists in Canada is broken and continues to display ingrained institutionalized racism that discounts the value of some children’s lives due to their ancestry. Through this agreement with the governments of Canada and […]

Statement Congratulating Mary Simon on her historic appointment as Governor General


The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) at UBC sends a heartfelt congratulations to Mary Simon on her historic appointment as Governor General of Canada.

Sask. Catholic bishops resurrect fundraising campaign for residential school survivors

July 5, 2021
Centre Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, spoke to CBC News about the Catholic Church in Saskatchewan and their fundraising campaign.

Catholic Church in Saskatoon

‘Where is their soul?’: Inside the failed push to make Catholic Church pay for its residential school abuses

June 29, 2021
Centre Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, spoke to CBC News about the Catholic Church and the residential school settlement.

Federal government urged to criminalize mistreatment of graves like those found at residential schools

June 28, 2021
Centre Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, spoke to the Globe and Mail about a human rights framework for mass graves.

Discussion paper looks at the legal and human rights framework for mass graves


The Centre’s latest discussion paper explores mass graves connected to Indian Residential Schools.

Catholic group gives ‘formal commitment’ to disclose all records from B.C. and Sask. residential schools

June 25, 2021
Centre Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, spoke to CBC News about the recent agreement with the Sisters of St. Ann Archives.

Statement on the Sisters of St. Ann and Royal BC Museum and Archives Agreement


The Centre welcomes the agreement which will provide enhanced access to the records of the Sisters of St. Ann Archives.

Calls grow for ‘rigorous review’ of honorary degree recipients as Senate considers revoking O’Grady degree

June 21, 2021
Centre Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, spoke to The Ubyssey about honorary degrees at UBC.