The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) at UBC has received more than $200,000 for a Virtual Museums Canada grant for a forthcoming exhibition focusing on the history of the Indian and tuberculosis hospitals in BC and Alberta.
The Centre has a mandate to support education, provide access to records, support research and foster dialogue about the Indian Residential School system and its legacies, and is reflected in UBC’s Strategic Plan Strategy 17: Indigenous Engagement. This online exhibition will chronicle the history of Indian hospitals from the 1940s to the early 1970s and ongoing implications for Indigenous communities, providing a crucial look at this forgotten chapter of Canadian history.
“This will be a multi-year project and will allow us to strengthen and deepen our connections with communities and researchers, such as the Snuneymuxw and other Nations who have advocated for this work for years,” says Centre Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe. “I’m so grateful for every step we take to do this good work together with communities.”
Please visit the IRSHDC website to read the full story on the announcement, and to learn more about the project.