Date/Time: Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, 10 a.m. PST
Location/Map: First Nations Longhouse, 1985 West Mall, University of British Columbia (Map)
Parking: Fraser River Parkade, 6440 Memorial Rd (Map)
Joined by former residential school students, their families and members of the indigenous community, UBC will formally announce the construction of the Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre, a first of its kind in Western Canada.
The $5.5-million building will honour the experiences and history of residential school students, and the thousands of children who died while in attendance.
Once complete, the centre will act as a multi-media repository for residential school records and archival material and a hub for academic and community research, education, public programming and healing.
The Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre (IRSC) is an official affiliate site of the National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg.
For more information about IRSC, click here.
Linc Kesler, director of UBC’s First Nations House of Learning and senior advisor to the president on aboriginal affairs
Cindy Tom-Lindley, a former residential school student and executive director of the Indian Residential School Survivor Society
Representatives from indigenous organizations and First Nations