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: May 29, 2020

After extensive engagements with students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners in the fall and winter of 2019, and Open House sessions in spring of 2020, the Indigenous Strategic Plan is now in its final drafting stage.

The draft 2020 UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan is available here.

The planning team is still taking comments from the wider university community. If you have any comments, please email Alex Ash, Indigenous Strategic Planning Manager.

Board of Governors and Senate presentations:

  • June 1, 2020: Board of Governors Indigenous Engagement Committee
    Action: presented for input only.
  • May 27, 2020: Vancouver Senate (OPEN SESSION)
    Action: presented for information.
  • April 20, 2020: Vancouver and Okanagan Senate Agenda Committees
    Action: plan presented for information and feedback.
  • April 6, 2020: Indigenous Engagement Committee (OPEN SESSION)
    Action/Follow up: Continue consultations on Discussion Draft 1.1 until April 30, 2020. Bring forward Indigenous Strategic Plan Draft 2.0 to Indigenous Engagement Committee in June 2020 to seek endorsement in principle.
  • February 14, 2020: Board of Governors (OPEN SESSION)
    Action/Follow up: Discussion of Indigenous Strategic Plan Discussion Draft 1.1. Continue consultations on Discussion Draft 1.1 and update Indigenous Engagement Committee in April 2020.
  • February 6, 2020: Indigenous Engagement Committee (OPEN SESSION/CLOSED SESSION)
    Action/Follow up: Verbal progress update and discussion of Indigenous Strategic Plan Discussion Draft 1.1. Update Board of Governors on February 14, 2020.
  • November 26, 2019: Indigenous Engagement Committee (OPEN SESSION)
    Action/Follow up: Verbal progress update on Indigenous Strategic Plan. First discussion draft of the Indigenous Strategic Plan to be ready and circulated to the Indigenous Engagement Committee in February 2020.
  • September 18, 2019: Indigenous Engagement Committee (OPEN SESSION)
    Action/Follow up: Update on development and implementation of the Indigenous Strategic Plan and a high-level overview of the planned organizational structures and priorities of the First Nations House of Learning. Proceed with the first round of engagements of the Indigenous Strategic Plan.
  • June 13, 2019: Board of Governors (OPEN SESSION)
    Action/Follow up: Framework document (from 2018) re-presented to the Board of Governors along with a new summary document. Board of Governors endorsed in principle, the vision and mission statements of the Indigenous Strategic Plan and supports the launch of an action planning process to create goals and action steps that will align university practices, policies and procedures with the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions 94 Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • May 31, 2019: Indigenous Engagement Committee (OPEN SESSION/CLOSED SESSSION)
    Action/Follow up: Framework document (from 2018) re-presented along with a new summary document. Discussion held about launching a new process to produce an Indigenous Strategic Action Plan with goals and action steps that will align university practices, policies and procedures with the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions 94 Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous Engagement Committee to recommend to Board of Governors that it endorse in principle, the vision and mission statements of the Indigenous Strategic Plan and supports the launch of an action planning process with an allocation of resources to enable such a process.
  • November 8, 2018: Indigenous Engagement Committee (OPEN SESSION)
    Action/Follow up: Indigenous Engagement Committee established its 2018-19 Work Plan to bring UBC into compliance with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, including to “Adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and apply its principles, norms and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous peoples and their lands and resources.”
  • June 4, 2018: Indigenous Engagement Committee (OPEN SESSION)
    Action/Follow up: Draft Indigenous Strategic Plan presented. Decision made to postpone action on the Indigenous Strategic Plan until new Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs is in place.

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 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.

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

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