Experience the Centre

The Centre provides technology, tools, and resources to help guide research, learning and dialogue about the colonial legacy of the Indian residential schools. Inside, visitors can access the following amenities and services:

Elders Lounge
Located on the upper level an Elders Lounge offers comfort and privacy. The Elders room contains an individual kiosk with computer for research, a table and chairs, a couch with blankets, and views of the garden outside.

Exhibitions and Events
The gallery downstairs is host to temporary exhibitions, dialogues and events. Find out What’s On at the Centre.

Interactive wall
In the exhibition space downstairs, intuitive touch-screen technology allows visitors to engage with the legacy of residential schools by geography, narrative timelines, or theme. Visitors can view photographs and records, listen to Survivor testimonies, or watch Truth and Reconciliation Commission events. Learn more about using the interactive wall.

Research stations
Three individual computer kiosks in the exhibition space allow visitors to browse the digital collections privately, conduct research, or view digital exhibitions.

Family corner
A cozy nook with Indigenous books, puppets, and other self-guided activities is available for families visiting the Centre. 

Support
Centre staff are available for to assist in finding records, for research support, and for reference questions. To ensure that someone is available when you visit, please email irshdc.reference@ubc.ca to make an appointment or to ask questions.