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UBC's Indigenous Strategic Plan and IRSI

UBC’s 2020 Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) is now official, having launched on September 14th with a virtual celebration. The ISP continues the work of UBC’s 2009 Aboriginal Strategic Plan and responds to the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the calls for justice of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Acting as a blueprint, the ISP

Yuneŝit'in Chief Builds Legacy of Community Capacity Supported by UBC Research

Chief Russell Myers Ross has a lot on his plate these days. After two consecutive terms as Chief of Yuneŝit'in, one of the six communities that form the Tŝilhqot'in Nation, Myers Ross will step down on September 8th, passing the torch to a new leader. For the last several weeks, he’s been working around the clock, determined to leave the three dozen or so projects he initiated or inherited in the past eight years in a good way so that they can continue to move forward under the direction of the

Decolonizing Citations: Help X̱wi7x̱wa Create a Template for Citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers in Chicago Style

By Bronwen McKie, Student Librarian, X̱wi7x̱wa Library IRSI is pleased to present this guest blog post from the team at X̱wi7x̱wa Library. Are citation practices fair to Indigenous scholars? In a 2018 episode of CBC’s Unreserved podcast, Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte and former UBC Professor Dr. Sarah Hunt argued that they're not. Dr. Whyte is Potawatomi and a Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. Dr. Hunt is Kwagu’ł from Kwakwaka’wakw Nation and currently

UBC researcher explores reconciliation in contested landscapes

John Bass, Associate Professor, School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture (SALA) When John Bass joined UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in 2002, he was no stranger to the politics of contested landscapes. Since the late ‘90s, Bass had worked in the Delta region of California’s Central Valley on a series of projects that posed ways of reconciling environmental and economic interests. The work allowed him to explore how graphic methods of documentation, analysis

Dr. Terri Aldred speaks about the COVID-19 pandemic

Last week, we had a chance to talk with Dr. Terri Aldred, an outreach primary doctor with Carrier Sekani Family Services and Site Director for UBC’s Indigenous Family Practice Program, about the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Aldred spoke about steps that CSFS is taking to keep people safe, Indigenous responses to the pandemic, and ways people and communities can stay healthy. With communities self-isolating and some restricting access, CSFS is now offering virtual care and telehealth to clients. The 10