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UBC Launches Indigenous Finance Guidelines

The Indigenous Finance Guidelines have been created to address a long unresolved issue at UBC – how to better support gift giving and compensation in reciprocal, respectful, relationship-based collaborations between Indigenous partners and UBC. As the University continues to deepen its strong commitments to Indigenous partners through, for example, the 2020 Indigenous Strategic Plan, there is a growing need for comparable investment in infrastructure and resources to support the implementation

Lhoosk’uz Dené village taps into clean water after a 20-year wait

Jul 13, 2021 Reproduced with permission from Media Relations | For more information, contact Lou Corpuz-Bosshart Glasses engraved with 'Too bets`huna,' meaning ‘We live by water’ celebrate the new treatment system. Photo: Nicole Marie Johnston/UBC Today, a remote Lhoosk’uz Dené community is holding a celebration to mark a joyful milestone. After decades of relying on bottled water, the village of about 50 people, located 200 kilometres west of Quesnel on Kluskus Lake, now has a steady supply of

UBC’s Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot appointed United Nations representative on rights of Indigenous Peoples

March 24, 2021 Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot is no stranger to firsts. The UBC professor was not only the first person in her family to attend university but she was also the first to go on to earn her master’s degree and PhD before eventually becoming a faculty member. Today, Dr. Lightfoot continued the tradition when she was named the North American member on the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The announcement marks the first time an Indigenous woman from Canada

UBC Okanagan-based workshop delivers insights for researchers working with Indigenous People

In the spring of 2019, UBC Okanagan's Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, with support from the UBC Equity and Enhancement Fund (EEF), launched a pilot project to offer “Cultural Competency Training” to five Eminence-funded Clusters of Research Excellence. VPRI partnered with the Interior Health Authority to offer a two-day, on-campus experiential workshop called “Planting the Seeds: Insights for Researchers Interested in Working with Indigenous Peoples.” The goals were to


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2020 The Tŝilhqot’in Nation and the University of British Columbia sign Memorandum of Understanding and Indigenous Knowledge Protocol Agreement to strengthen collaborative research partnerships with UBC’s Centre for Environmental Assessment Research [Williams Lake, BC.] On August 11, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and an Indigenous Knowledge Protocol Agreement (IK Protocol) were signed by the Tŝilhqot’in Nation and the University of British Columbia. These