Statements and Releases

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


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.

National partnership benefits residential school Survivors

The Centre has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre in Ontario.

Statement in support of Scholar Strike Canada

The Centre supports the Scholar Strike for Black and Indigenous Lives in Canada, happening September 9 and 10.

Centre awarded funding for multi-year exhibition documenting Indian hospitals in BC and Alberta

Collaborative exhibit sheds light on the forgotten history of “Indian” and tuberculosis hospitals from the 1940s to the early 1970s.

Statement on the Kamloops Indian Residential School burials

June 14, 2020 The UBC Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) is saddened to hear about the recent discovery of 215 children buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School (IRS). Today, we lift up the communities affected in their time of pain, mourn with the grieving families and honour the lives of over 4,100 […]

Statement on Chief Allan Adam’s treatment by RCMP

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre is troubled by the disturbing video footage and RCMP treatment, and calls on Canadian police and the RCMP to recognize the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Statement on Anti-Black Racism

The Centre stands against anti-Black racism, injustice, inequality and police violence and brutality.

New discussion paper series highlights UNDRIP implementation in BC

The Centre’s new discussion paper series aims to create dialogue about the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre congratulates BC on implementing a key Call to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The summary report highlights some of the issues raised at the November dialogue, including a technical review of the bill, a primer with more detailed explanation of DRIPA, and a summary of some of the key discussion at the session.

Dialogue of leaders highlights critical considerations for implementing the UN Declaration

The Centre has released a summary report examining some of the past and current efforts that have been made to transform Crown-Indigenous relations across Canada, along with providing critical considerations for implementing the UN Declaration in British Columbia.