Statements and Releases

Read statements and releases issued by the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre.


Statement Regarding UBC Senate sub-committee’s recommendation to rescind the honorary degree granted to Bishop John O’Grady, former residential schools’ Principal

Following a year-long review process, a special sub-committee to the UBC Vancouver Senate Tributes Committee has recommended that the Senate rescind its approval of the Honorary Degree awarded to the late Bishop John Fergus O’Grady by the university in 1986. The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre fully supports the sub-committee’s decision, and stands […]

Statement on the anniversary of discovery of unmarked graves at Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc

In acknowledgement and commemoration of the anniversary date of the discovery of unmarked burials at Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre extends its heartfelt condolences, thoughts and support to residential school Survivors and their families, the people of the Tk’emlúps Nation, and all Indigenous people across Canada. As ongoing investigations […]

Statement about the mass shooting in Buffalo

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre expresses its deepest sympathies and heartfelt sorrows for the victims, both direct and indirect, of the mass shooting that took place in a supermarket in Buffalo, NY, on May 14. “This was a senseless, hateful, racism-fuelled crime,” says the Centre’s Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond. “And sadly, […]

Statement Regarding the Finding of Unmarked Graves by the Kapawe’no First Nation

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre is saddened by the findings of 169 potential unmarked burial sites at the former Grouard Mission / St. Bernard’s Indian Residential School site. We express our deep condolences and support to Chief Sydney Halcrow and members of the Kapawe’no First Nation, as well as the other First […]

Statement on the Findings of unmarked burials by the Keeseekoose First Nation

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre expresses its support and condolences to the Keeseekoose First Nation, and all Nations whose members attended the St. Philip’s and Fort Pelly residential schools, as the discovery of 54 unmarked burials are announced. The Keeseekoose First Nation is leading the search at the two former schools, both […]

Centre launches new podcast series written, produced and hosted by Indigenous youth

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC has launched a new podcast series written, produced and hosted by Indigenous youth. Love, Land and Spirit is a six-episode series that explores topics of importance to youth, including LGBTQ2S+ and Indigiqueer identities, repatriation, the connections between art and ceremony, and the child welfare and […]

Leadership update: Academic Director, Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-Kwe) will be leaving the position of Academic Director, Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC), after the end of the 2021/22 Winter Session. During her time as Academic Director, the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre has made significant progress to advance its mandate and goals, including building core […]

Statement on the Preliminary Findings of the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School Investigation

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre stands in solidarity with and support of the Williams Lake First Nation (WLFN), and all impacted Indigenous communities and families, as the Nation continues to lead the ongoing investigation into missing former students of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School. The WLFN has completed the first phase […]

Report Summarizes the First Indigenous Women’s Health-related Dialogue

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC has released a new report to summarize the first Indigenous Women’s health-related dialogue held on November 30, 2021. Close to 1,000 health professionals, community members, researchers, and learners tuned in to absorb the wisdom and insights offered by the sixteen Indigenous women panelists. These women […]

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, receives Order of Canada

December 29, 2021 The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre’s Academic Director Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, has been appointed an Officer to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian awards. Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to community, and service to the country. Appointments are […]