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Indigenous Street Youth and the Impacts of Settler Colonialism: An interview with Dr. Robert Henry

Métis scholar Dr. Robert Henry has worked alongside Indigenous street youth and gang members across the Prairie Provinces for more than a decade. An Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Indigenous Studies, Dr. Henry uses an innovative and collaborative research methodology called photovoice which effectively allows participants to tell—and show—their own stories, in their own ways. The visual narratives that emerge are intimate and moving, often showing

Free, Prior, Informed ConSent

Free, Prior, Informed consent is a collective right for Indigenous peoples protected by international human rights standards and recognized in Article 32.2 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). While UNDRIP provides a framework for the right of Indigenous people, the declaration itself is not legally binding. That changed in BC today, however, when at 10 a.m. BC introduced UNDRIP into legislation, becoming the first jurisdiction in Canada to legally

IRSI Speaker Series: Debra Sparrow

Debra Sparrow was born and raised on the Musqueam Indian Reserve. She is self-taught in Salish design, weaving and jewellery-making. An acclaimed weaver, Debra has been deeply involved with the revival of the Musqueam weaving tradition for more than 30 years. Her artwork is exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Vancouver International Airport, The Royal BC Museum, The Canadian Museum of History, the Burke Museum in Seattle, and the Smithsonian

Meet the Team at IRSI!

Over the summer, we welcomed a number of new faces to IRSI. With an expanded team, we are able to provide additional support, outreach and services to Indigenous communities as well as to researchers. Meet Associate Director, Lerato Chondoma; Research Manager, Marliese Dawson; Community Liaison (UBC Okanagan), Sandra Fox; Communications Strategist, Julie Gordon; Administrative Support, Emma Graves; Education & Training Officer, Alison Krahn; Manager (Administration & Special Initiatives), Emily

Dealing with Indigenous Data, Information & Records: Towards Data Sovereignty (Part 2 of 2)

Last month we published the first part of this two-part Blog post about Indigenous Data, Information and Records. Part 1 provided an overview of this complex but important topic and included some basic definitions. This month, we take a closer look at two initiatives IRSI is involved in to co-develop solutions that will ensure that Indigenous data, information and records are collected and governed appropriately by UBC and similar institutions across the country. Dialogues on Indigenous Data