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

June 28, 2021
The Centre’s latest discussion paper explores mass graves connected to Indian Residential Schools.

CBC: 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.

Statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day


The month of June is recognized as National Indigenous Peoples Month, with June 21 as a day to celebrate Indigenous Peoples.

Passing of Bill C-15 a milestone for Canada

June 17, 2021
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was passed on June 16, 2021.

CBC: Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs applies to intervene in case against VPD for handcuffing Indigenous pair

June 16, 2021
Centre Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, is featured in a CBC article about a human rights case.

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UBCIC: UBCIC and Heiltsuk Nation announce Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond to intervene in BC Human Rights case against Vancouver Police Department over racial profiling and wrongful detainment


Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, will be applying to intervene on behalf of UBCIC in an ongoing BC human rights case against the VPD for the wrongful detainment of Maxwell Johnson and his granddaughter, outside a bank in Vancouver in December of 2019.

BC Civil Liberties Association awards Centre Academic Director


Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, has received the 2020 Reg Robson Award.

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Vancouver Sun: Daphne Bramham: Indigenous children continue to be failed in government ‘care’

June 11, 2021
Centre Academic Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki Kwe, was quoted by the Vancouver Sun about the Proportions of Indigenous children in care and adoption plans.