On May 5th and 6th the second annual Global Indigenous Conference will take place at the UBC First Nations . This year’s theme is "Uniting Nations, Taking Action: Aboriginal Perspectives on Sustainability, Development, and Cultural Determination." The conference will take place on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam Nation.
UBC Librarian Ingrid Parent is currently serving as President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and in that role she is holding her first Presidential Meeting here at the UBC Vancouver campus. The theme of the meeting is "Indigenous Knowledges: Local Priorities, Global Contexts".
In 1997, the Supreme Court of Canada’s Delgamuukw decision determined that oral traditions must be placed “on an equal footing with the types of historical evidence that courts are familiar with” in Aboriginal land claims court proceedings. But how has oral history been used in the courts since that potentially ground-breaking ruling?
On November 3rd, UBC opened the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), the most sustainable building in North America. Kwes Kwestin (Jim Kew), Cultural Representative for the Musqueam Indian Band, spoke to attendees at the opening celebration on behalf of Musqueam. Read his full remarks.
The First Nations House of Learning welcomed nearly 200 senior university administrators, national Aboriginal leaders, faculty members, and residential school survivors on November 1st for a dialogue on the history and legacy of the Indian residential schools and the role that contemporary educational institutions can play in addressing them.