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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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Women’s Memorial March – February 14th 2022 Class Cancellations

Dear CIS Community Members, In 1992, the first Women’s Memorial March was held in response to the murder of a woman on Powell Street in the Downtown Eastside. CIS will be cancelling classes on Monday February 14th, 2022 in support of the 31st Annual February 14 Women’s Memorial March. Our annual class cancellation on February […]

Statement on St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School Findings

February 1st, 2022 The news of the location of 93 unmarked graves at the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School near the community of Williams Lake First Nation is a reminder of the tragic history of Indigenous children in Residential schools. We at CIS recognize these revelations should not be ignored and we should all come […]

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