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In the News | Weekly News Briefing

Each week, we feature a few articles about Indigenous news, issues and initiatives with a local, national and global focus. We feature these as an educational resource, and they should not be construed as an official stance or reflective of the opinions or beliefs of the Institute, CIS staff or faculty. Keep up with In the News here.


FNIS Professor Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot named to the New College of the Royal Society of Canada

September 7th, 2021 A total of ten UBC faculty members have been announced by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) as new Fellows and as new Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Among them is Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot, Canada Research Chair of Global Indigenous Rights and Politics and FNIS Professor. Dr. […]

CIS Welcomes New Director: Dr. Bernard Perley!

The University of British Columbia welcomes Dr. Bernard C. Perley as the new Director of the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies in the Faculty of Arts. An Indigenous anthropologist and leading scholar in the field of language revitalization, Dr. Perley will assume the role for a five-year term starting July 1st, 2020. “We are pleased and fortunate […]

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Residential School Mass Burial Statement

July 20, 2021 As more unmarked graves continue to be revealed on the sites of residential and boarding schools throughout Canada and the US, more people share their stories of loss and grief. As more harassment and denial emerge in response, we honour the survivors of these schools, their families, and their communities, and especially […]

Statement on the Kamloops Indian Residential School Burials

The recent news about the 215 bodies of Indigenous children found at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School is deeply painful but, sadly, not surprising, as residential school survivors, families, community leaders, and researchers have long recognized the reality that far more Indigenous students died in these schools than has been documented. Each […]

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