Publications


Statement on the one-year anniversary of the release of In Plain Sight

November 30, 2021

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.


Considering the Legal and Human Rights Framework for Addressing Mass Graves Connected to Indian Residential Schools

June 2021

The paper proposes some of the legal and policy issues that governments must address, in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples, if a proper and serious framework for addressing unmarked burials and mass graves in Canada is to be established.


International human rights and legal considerations in relation to terminology and the discovery of undocumented burials at the Kamloops Indian Residential School

June 2021

This discussion paper looks at the considerations for using various terminology such as “mass grave,” “genocide,” and “cultural genocide,” in relation to the discovery at Kamloops Indian Residential School.


The UNDRIP Papers

March 2020–April 2021

In order to help inform understandings and dialogue about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre issued a series of short commentaries on the developments that are taking place, issues to consider, and ideas about the work we must collectively do going forward.

These commentaries have been developed in dialogue with leading experts, including those on the front lines of the changes.


Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through Federal Government Legislation

February 2021

On February 4, 2021 the Centre held a virtual Dialogue on Bill C-15, the legislation proposed by the federal government to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Dialogue brought together 12 Indigenous, federal, and provincial politicians and leading experts to share a range of views on Bill C-15, and what it represents. The summary report highlights key considerations and themes from the discussions.


In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Healthcare

November 2020

This Indigenous-led report presented clear evidence of systemic, anti-Indigenous racism in BC’s Healthcare system. It found that Indigenous women, in particular, are disproportionately affected, as they experience discrimination and stereotyping along axes of both cultural background and gender. Indigenous women have a greater need for health services and bear a greater burden of poor health outcomes, yet they face inequitable access to health care when compared with any other population examined in the Review.


Primer on practice shifts required with Canada’s: Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families

January 2020

New federal legislation asks for a “comprehensive reform of child and family services that are provided in relation to Indigenous children.” This paper is a primer on the new legislation, aimed at those working with First Nations children, youth, families, communities and First Nations governments.


Special Dialogue on Bill 41 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA)

November 2019

This summary report highlights some of the issues raised at a dialogue session on Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) in British Columbia in November 2019. The session brought together First Nations leaders, lawyers, community members and those working in government to discuss potential challenges in implementing BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA), using the UN Declaration as a framework for reconciliation.


Building Indigenous-led Engagement Frameworks

February 2019

This summary report highlights some of the issues raised from a dialogue in the Indigenous Data, Information and Records Dialogue Series. The goal for these dialogues was to collaboratively develop a model of engagement for Indigenous data, information and records housed at UBC, the IRSHDC and beyond. This summary features key conversations and themes from the first dialogue in the series, which took place in January 2019.


Special Dialogue on Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia

December 2018

This summary report examines 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. The report also focuses on achieving the broad and systemic shifts that are needed in order to support the ongoing work of Indigenous self-determination and self-government.