The following projects are recent, current and emerging research collaborations between UBC and Indigenous community partners. While IRSI does not perform research, we have provided project support for each of these projects as indicated.
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YUNEŜIT'IN (TŜILHQOT'IN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT)
The Yuneŝit'in government, one of six communities within the Tŝilhqot'in Nation, has teamed up with Associate Professor John Bass of UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) to develop a housing design prototype with technical and policy innovations related to wildfire-related impacts to be built on the Tsilhqot’in plateau. The housing project responds to the increasing threat of climate change-induced wildfires faced by the community, whose dry climate and isolated location already makes it particularly vulnerable. MORE >>
Nestled on the central coast of BC, Bella Bella is a First Nations community on Campbell Island and the home for the Heiltsuk Nation. With over 2,400 members, the Heiltsuk population has grown steadily over the past 20 years, but the population of Bella Bella has remained relatively constant due to the lack of available housing. MORE >>
BUILDING ECONOMIC CAPACITY AND SUPPORTING YOUTH
QUESNEL DAKELH EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY
The Quesnel Dãkelh Education and Employment Society (QDEES) is a not-for-profit partnership of the three Southern Dãkelh First Nations (Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation, Lhtako Dené Nation and Nazko First Nations). The three communities have a combined population of approximately 855 band members, approximately half of whom are under age 30. MORE >>
TESLIN TLINGIT COUNCIL
The Teslin Tlingit Council (TTC) is a First Nation with approximately 800 members based in Teslin in Southern Yukon Territory. Teslin Tlingit people have shared ancestry with the coastal Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska and the Inland Tlingit people of Taku River First Nation and Carcross-Tagish First Nation. MORE >>