UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan has now been finalized. This is a momentous occasion for UBC as we take a leading role in the advancement of Indigenous peoples’ human rights.
We are the first university in North America to commit to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and to take a human rights-based approach to our Indigenous strategic framework.
- New Indigenous Strategic Plan establishes UBC’s role in upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Opinion: UBC demonstrates that we all have a role in upholding the rights of Indigenous peoples [Vancouver Sun]
- Blue & Goldcast – Santa Ono and Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot discuss UBC’s commitment to decolonizing its campuses, pedagogy and structures [Soundcloud]
The Indigenous Strategic Plan sets out a series of eight goals and 43 actions the university will collectively take in order to advance our vision of becoming a leading university globally in the implementation of Indigenous peoples’ human rights.
Video: ISP Overview [3’15”]
The plan is the university’s response to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice. It is also UBC Vancouver’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
It was created with input from more than 2,500 students, faculty and staff across our campuses – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous – as well as from Indigenous community partners.
Celebration of the ISP
To celebrate the plan and the advancement of Indigenous human rights at UBC, President Santa Ono is hosting a virtual event on Monday, September 14, 1-2:30pm (PST). To find out more about the event and to RSVP, visit the ISP Celebration Event page.
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 a leading university globally in implementation of Indigenous peoples’ human rights.
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.
Read: Indigenous Strategic Plan > Frequently Asked Questions
To learn about the three engagement themes used to guide responses during the engagement sessions and the online survey, go here.
The following graphic was produced from the ISP survey data. It depicts a positive correlation between survey respondents’ self-reported familiarity with Indigenous issues and how important they think the ISP will be to their courses, faculty, school, unit or partnership with UBC. In short, it was found that as familiarity with Indigenous issues increases so does the perceived importance of the ISP.
For an overview of what we heard from the engagement sessions and the online survey, go here.
The following are some of the priorities recorded from the open house sessions in March 2020. Participants were asked to put stickers by the ISP actions they thought should be implemented first. These stickers were then tallied to give the top goals and actions.
For your reference, here’s a timeline of the ISP’s development and implementation:
- 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)