On April 9, 2018, UBC hosted a ceremony to officially open the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre. At the ceremony, Professor Santa Ono issued a Statement of Apology for UBC’s involvement in the system (see for coverage/responses).
The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre is one of two UBC initiatives that aim to capture the long trajectory of Indigenous and Canadian relations and to ensure that one part of that, the history of Canada’s Indian residential schools, will never be forgotten. The other initiative, Reconciliation Pole, was installed on campus in April 2017.
The centre provides Indian residential school survivors, their families, and communities access to the records gathered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). The TRC documented the history and abusive nature of the Indian residential school system that operated in Canada for more than a hundred years.
A second function of the centre is to inform faculty, staff, students, and other visitors, about the history and lasting effects of the Indian residential school system, and to help them to understand larger patterns in history as a context for thinking about contemporary issues and relationships.
Edited by: Karleen Delaurier-Lyle