Statements and Releases

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

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.

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 […]