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Allyship in Motion: Dr. Helen Burt

When Dr. Helen Burt first joined UBC as an assistant professor of pharmaceutics in 1980, she could hardly have known that one day she would play a leading role in UBC's efforts at reconciliation. Yet, that's exactly what she has done. Several decades later, her work to co-create the Indigenous Research Support Initiative (IRSI) and support a community-driven approach to Indigenous research at UBC have resulted in institutional changes that will advance the institution's vision of being a global

Qwelminte Secwepemc Internship Program Builds Capacity for Nation, Students

Qwelminte Secwepemc are a collective of seven Secwépemc communities: Adams Lake Indian Band, Little Shuswap Lake Band, Shuswap Indian Band, Simpcw, Skeetchestn, Splatsin, and Tk’emlups te Secwepemc. In April of 2019, Qwelminte Secwepemc launched the TeamSku7pecen Intern Program, an initiative that builds capacity for the participating communities by inviting Indigenous university students to become active players for transformation in land and resource management in ways that uphold Secwepemc

NISGA’A SCHOLAR LAUNCHES UBC’S NEW CENTRE FOR INDIGENOUS FISHERIES

Q&A WITH DR. ANDREA REID Indigenous fisheries scientist, conservation biologist, and Nisga’a Nation member Dr. Andrea Reid joins UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) this January as an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Fisheries Science and Principal Investigator of the new Centre for Indigenous Fisheries (CIF). Dr. Reid comes to UBC from Carleton University, where she completed her PhD in Biology and received the Governor General’s Gold Medal and University Medal for Outstanding

Join IRSI in Welcoming Indigenous Scholars and Staff to UBC

2020 was one of the most difficult years we have collectively faced, and with it now behind us, we’ve decided to publish a good news story on the blog to usher in the new year. To that end, we dedicate our first post of 2021 to welcoming the new Indigenous faculty and staff who joined UBC in 2020. These exceptional individuals will undoubtedly strengthen and enhance the university, and we are excited for the opportunity to support their work this year and into the future. President Santa Ono

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