Statements and Releases

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


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 […]

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.

Statement on Unmarked Graves at the Former Kuper Island Residential School Site

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) at UBC is troubled by the recent finding of over 160 unmarked graves by the Penelakut Tribe. The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) at UBC is troubled by the recent finding of over 160 unmarked graves by the Penelakut Tribe, in the area […]

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.