Indigenous Strategic Plan

Reconciliation Pole 7idansuu (Edenshaw) James Hart, Haida
UBC Vancouver

UBC is in the final stage of developing an Indigenous Strategic Plan, which will guide the University’s Indigenous engagement initiatives for years to come.

Planning Update: February 25, 2020

Open House dates:

  • UBC Okanagan
    March 9, 1-3pm
    Ballroom (UNC200)
  • UBC Vancouver
    March 11 & 12, 12-2pm
    Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, First Nations Longhouse

Throughout the fall and winter of 2019, students, faculty and staff were invited to engagement sessions to provide input into the renewed Indigenous Strategic Plan. You helped us write the plan, now please join us to learn more about how we got here and where we plan to go.

We want to share what was heard in the engagement sessions and provide a preview of the plan to the UBC community through some open house sessions at both the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses.

These open house sessions are for everyone, whether you participated in the first round or not.

Come to:

  • Hear about our process;
  • See what the UBC community said;
  • Help prioritize the actions we want to take together as the plan is implemented;
  • Listen to some stories from Indigenous faculty and staff members about their experiences and why they do the work that they do.

Join us for as long or as little as you like. Food and drink will be provided.

Please stay involved!

Background

The renewed Indigenous Strategic Plan has been in progress since 2017, and will form UBC’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. To the best of our knowledge, UBC is the first university in North America, and possibly the world, to endorse the UN Declaration.

The vision and mission of the Indigenous Strategic Plan has already been adopted by the UBC Board of Governors and is as follows:

Vision: UBC as the leading university globally in implementation of Indigenous peoples’ human rights, as articulated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other international human rights law.

Mission: To guide UBC’s engagement with Indigenous peoples and its commitment to reconciliation, as articulated and called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

The 38-page draft Indigenous Strategic Plan, which continues the work of the 2009 Aboriginal Strategic Plan, has been posted online since June 2018. From this point, the Indigenous Strategic Planning Team has been engaged in a planning process to produce a final action plan, which will provide clear, implementable steps to enhance Indigenous engagement at UBC Vancouver, while also providing an overarching UBC-wide plan to be implemented across both campuses. This plan intends to build upon UBC Okanagan’s recent Declaration of Truth and Reconciliation Commitments. In fact, the UBC-wide strategy will look to integrate UBCO’s current commitments while recognizing the unique contexts and strengths of each campus.

For your reference, here’s a timeline of the ISP’s development and implementation:

Approximately 300 UBC faculty, staff and students participated in the various ISP engagement sessions held at the First Nations Longhouse throughout November 2019.

 

Resources

UBC Indigenous Portal
UBC Indigenous Foundations
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (Executive Summary)
Pulling Together: A Guide for Indigenization of Post-Secondary Institutions (Leaders and Administrators)