Statements and Releases

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


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

January 7, 2022 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 […]

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 […]

New Online Resources Clarify Outstanding Obligations of the Catholic Church to Indian Residential School Survivors

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC (“the Centre”) has issued a series of online resources, including historical timelines, court files, and background papers, related to the 2015 court case that absolved the Catholic Church of its obligation to fulfill compensation to residential school Survivors, as per the 2006 Indian Residential School Survivor Agreement (IRSSA).

Statement about the event planned for November 17

November 12, 2021 The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre fully supports and concurs with the President’s condemnation of and call to cancel the event, planned to take place on Tuesday November 17, which purports to deliver an honest conversation about Canadian residential schools and mass graves. The truths of the residential school system […]

Statement in Support of a National Inquiry into the Sixties Scoop

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) joins the call by the 60’s Scoop Legacy of Canada, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) for a national inquiry into the Sixties Scoop and ongoing removal of Indigenous children from their homes and communities.

Statement on the federal government’s decision to appoint an independent official to help identify unmarked graves at sites of former residential schools

Canada has a serious task ahead to properly investigate and address the missing children and mass graves.

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

Cowessess First Nation has made history by asserting their jurisdiction over child and family services.

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.

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.

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.