Press releases

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

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre welcomes the decision by the federal government to seek an “independent special interlocutor” to inform a proper response to missing children and unmarked graves at former residential school sites. We concur that “a legal framework is needed to preserve and protect the rights, respect and dignity of […]

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. 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.

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.

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.

Concerted national action overdue for all the children who never came home from residential schools

Joint news release from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC.

The discovery of a mass grave at a former residential school is just the tip of the iceberg

The Centre’s Academic Director, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, authored an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail.

Statement on the Kamloops Indian Residential School burials

The Centre is saddened to hear about the recent discovery of 215 children buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

The Globe & Mail: To end racism against Indigenous peoples, we have to name it and speak up

Centre Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, authored an op-ed in the Globe and Mail about racism in Canada.