As a centrally-provisioned academic service unit, CTLT supports university-wide strategic initiatives associated with teaching and learning. Additionally, our work in Indigenous Initiatives aligns with areas of focus related to Aboriginal engagement, as outlined in Place and Promise: The UBC Plan.
In 2013, former UBC President Stephen Toope invited the UBC community to participate in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) national event in Vancouver. UBC suspended classes on September 18, 2013, and faculty, staff, and students were invited to engage in national and campus events related to the TRC. Indigenous Initiatives at CTLT responded to this call as part of our strategic portfolio; our work focused largely on supporting curricular and programmatic efforts that would engage the UBC community in gaining a deeper understanding of the history and legacy of Indian Residential schools in Canada and initiatives supported by the TRC.
The momentum and connections made through this engagement have created pathways for future development. In 2017, the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre will open at UBC. It will be a manifestation of UBC’s commitment to Aboriginal engagement, and a promise in word and deed that will reach across student experiences, research excellence, and community partnerships.