Indigenous Community Support Statement
Dear M&I Members and our UBC Community,
We are appalled and saddened by the discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children at an Indian Residential School on Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc Territory (Kamloops) - children that deserved a very different life.
We are reminded that these past horrific acts have long lasting effects that will take much more than a statement to heal and do right by the people and communities they have affected.
The EDI committee strives in our hearts for everyone in our Department to feel safe, welcome, supported, and heard.
As we reckon with the past of our province, we want to focus on what we can learn from our history to ensure our present reflects our values. We think hard about who we want to be as a Department, and the legacy we want to leave behind. Part of this process is transforming the Department's academic experience such that power relations are equalized for everyone, something that we are working towards across multiple efforts.
We send our thoughts to the people that have been affected by these tragic findings and welcome anyone reaching out to us with ideas on how we can improve our support in M&I.
M&I EDI Committee
For UBC’s full statement on the missing children of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, visit https://president.ubc.ca/blog/2021/05/31/statement-to-the-community/