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Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond joins Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and Allard School of Law

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond joins Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and Allard School of Law

April 26, 2018 – Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, a renowned Indigenous Canadian judge, lawyer and advocate for children and Indigenous restorative justice, has joined UBC as the inaugural director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) and as a professor with the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Turpel-Lafond, or Aki-kwe, is Cree […]

Musqueam street signs at UBC

Musqueam street signs at UBC

Musqueam street signs, created in partnership with the Musqueam First Nation, give both a bilingual experience while travelling on campus and acknowledge the linguistic heritage of the UBC Vancouver campus. The names do not refer to traditional sites but instead to UBC’s geography.

Patrons interacting with the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre's information display on opening day. Photo: UBC/Paul Joseph

UBC apologizes to Indian residential school survivors at centre opening

April 18, 2018 – Last week, on April 9th, more than 1000 people gathered inside and outside of a protective rain shelter to witness the opening of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, which also included UBC President Santa J. Ono apologizing to survivors of Indian residential schools for the university’s involvement in […]

CEIH co-director Dr. Nadine Caron
Photo credit: Faculty of Medicine/Martin Dee

New UBC public health program will train Indigenous health leaders

March 9, 2018 – A new public health program offered at the University of British Columbia aims to address health inequities by training Indigenous health leaders working in communities across the country. The Certificate, and Graduate Certificate, in Indigenous Public Health Program – representing the first of its kind in Canada – will be available […]

Dave Robinson (standing), Monica Treanor (far right, sitting), Ryan Isaacson (Teaching Assistant, far left, sitting), and Mrs. Treanor's Grade 6/7 class pose with "Sir Sandford's Seal" at the conclusion of the oiling ceremony held at the UBC First Nations Longhouse.

UBC NITEP student talks about his ‘remarkable’ practicum project

March 5, 2018 – Fourth-year teacher candidate, Dave Robinson, with the UBC Indigenous Teacher Education Program, and Vancouver School Board Grade 6/7 teacher, Monica Treanor, with Sir Sandford Fleming Elementary School, recently completed a five-month carving project with her class. Over this period, an 80-centimetre red cedar sculpture was hand-carved and sanded by Mr. Robinson […]

Boil-water advisories lifted for B.C. First Nations with treatment system designed by UBC engineers

Boil-water advisories lifted for B.C. First Nations with treatment system designed by UBC engineers

Feb 21, 2018 – For the first time in decades, two remote First Nations communities in Lytton, B.C. have access to safe drinking water – thanks to a point-of-entry treatment system designed by University of British Columbia engineers in collaboration with the communities, industry and government. The setup delivers a minimum of 400 litres a […]

Dr. Nadine Caron, co-director of UBC's Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health.

Future health professionals get crucial Indigenous culture training

October 20, 2017 – Students from 11 of UBC’s health-related programs will come together for the first time on Thursday for a new learning experience designed to help them better serve Indigenous people. The UBC 23-24 Indigenous Cultural Safety Interdisciplinary Learning Experience was launched this month as a required component for students in medicine, genetic […]

Benjamin Matthew

Indigenous medical graduates inspire future generations

October 20, 2017 – There is a steady hum of activity inside the Cowichan Maternity Clinic in Duncan. Cassandra Felske-Durksen places a gentle hand on the young woman’s shoulder, while monitoring the fetal heart rate displayed on a nearby screen. As a family physician with a special interest in Indigenous women’s health and obstetrics, Dr. […]

c̓əsnaʔəm leləm̓: New Totem Park House Name

c̓əsnaʔəm leləm̓: New Totem Park House Name

October 9, 2017 – At a wonderful and moving unveiling ceremony on Wednesday, September 27, the new name for Building 7 at Totem Park Residence was gifted to UBC and UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS) by the Musqueam Nation. SHHS is so honoured to be gifted this very important name in Musqueam history […]

Musqueam-UBC program promotes youth well-being

Musqueam-UBC program promotes youth well-being

July 12, 2017 – The following Q & A was conducted with the First Nations House of Learning’s Ryanne James, coordinator of the Bridge Through Sport program, a Musqueam-UBC initiative that combines recreational sports and educational activities for the benefit of Musqueam youth. Please share something about yourself in relation to your work with Bridge […]