Statements and Releases

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


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.

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

More on Kamloops IRS and the children that never returned Kamloops Indian Residential School was the largest school in the residential school system, with more than 500 students registered in the 1950s. The Kamloops IRS is located on the traditional territory of the Secwépemc people.Hundreds of Secwépemc and other Indigenous children attended the Kamloops IRS, from as far away as Mount […]

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.

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.