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: January 9, 2020

The first round of ISP engagements is almost complete. A final townhall session will take place at UBC Okanagan on January 13th from 2-4pm in the Ballroom. All members of the UBCO community are welcome.

Once the engagement phase is complete, a draft plan will be finalized by the end of January, which will be followed by a second round of engagements in March – watch for an announcement then. This round of engagements will provide a preview of the plan along with a final chance to provide feedback before it is finalized.

Thanks to everyone who has provided input so far, your responses have been extremely useful in helping to formulate the Indigenous Strategic Plan.

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)