Statements and Releases

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


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 […]

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 on the one-year anniversary of the release of In Plain Sight

Marking the one-year anniversary of In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care, Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe released a statement detailing her reflections and thoughts on the original 24 recommendations.

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 […]