Due to COVID the Centre is currently closed to the public, however, virtual programming is available. Visit us on Twitter for announcements or check back for upcoming events.

Upcoming events

Orange Shirt Day

September 30, 2021

September 30 is Orange Shirt Day, in honour of residential school Survivors and reconciliation. Show support by wearing orange. 

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Picking up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket

September 21, 2021

An Orange Shirt Day virtual event that features a film screening and conversation with Kwagiulth master carver Carey Newman and his sisters Marion and Ellen.

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Returning Home and Pathways to Reconciliation

September 27, 2021

An Orange Shirt Day event featuring a film screening of Phyllis Webstad’s new documentary followed by a Q&A.

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Challenging Ideology: Looking at Historical Museum Practices Through an Indigenous Lens

October 14, 2021

This part 2 webinar will provide input into what it means to “decolonize museums” from an academic and museum perspective.

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Challenging Ideology: Looking at Historical Museum Practices Through an Indigenous Lens

October 28, 2021

This part 3 webinar will review the previous sessions in an open discussion and call in experts to speak on or answer participant questions.

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Our Children, Our Future: The Indian Child Caravan 40 Years Later

Coming soon

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC), in partnership with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), Kukpi7 Wayne Christian – and the Splatsin community – are launching an online exhibition to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the Indian Child Caravan. The exhibition, Our Children, Our Future: The Indian Child Caravan 40 years later, serves to educate the wider public about this pivotal event in the history of Indigenous child welfare in Canada and its longstanding implications for advocacy and awareness in the area of child/youth welfare. 

Dates and details coming soon.

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Past events

Dialogue on Implementing the 

United Nations Declaration of the

Rights of Indigenous Peoples 

through Canada’s Bill C-15

February 4, 2021

The Centre is hosting a Dialogue on the Government of Canada’s Bill C-15 which will provide political, expert, and legal perspectives on the proposed legislation to implement the UN Declaration.

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An Opera and Symposium:

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary

of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

January 27, 2020

The Centre is hosting a film screening and panel presentation as part of a collaborative UBC symposium to commemorate the International Day of Commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust.

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Dialogue on the Implementation

of the UN Declaration

in British Columbia

November 4, 2019

To build understanding about the implications of BC’s anticipated legislation on UNDRIP, and the broader work of implementing the UN Declaration in BC, the IRSHDC hosted a dialogue to bring together leaders, lawyers, and to examine legislative developments and our shared work going forward.

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Dialogue series connects

communities to UBC


Over the past year, the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (RSHDC) has been involved in several community dialogues across British Columbia, in partnership with UBC’s Indigenous Research Support Initiative (IRSI).

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Panel discussion

June 6, 2019

Join us for a panel discussion and dialogue with Professor David MacDonald (Guelph University), Dr. Paulette Regan, and Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot (University of British Columbia).

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Special dialogue session

on Implementing the UN Declaration

in British Columbia.

October 11, 2018

The IRSHDC arranged a special dialogue session on Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) in British Columbia. The session brought together Indigenous, government, industry, labour, and civil society leaders, experts, and influencers for an open and frank exchange about the importance, challenges, and paths forward in respecting the human rights of Indigenous peoples in the UN Declaration.

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