UBC opens the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

The University of British Columbia held an Opening Ceremony on April 9th, welcoming visitors to the new Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre. The Centre includes records and archival holdings that address this dark chapter in Canadian history.  Survivors of the Indian Residential School system and their families now have a place to share their experiences, access information, and find support in the community.

“This is a landmark building in more ways than one.  Not only is this a physical landmark on the UBC campus, but also an important community space housing important information regarding Canada’s past,” said Graeme Terris, Smith + Andersen’s Associate Principal on the project. Smith + Andersen was proud to provide the mechanical services for this project, and to have the opportunity to collaborate with Alfred Waugh, one of Canada’s few registered First Nations Architects. “We knew that the details were vital to the overall finished appearance of the building,” continues Terris. “We put in a lot of effort with the architect Alfred Waugh to help achieve his and the client’s vision for this building, ensuring optimum aesthetic appearance without compromising performance.”

The project is receiving praise from both the campus and the community, as well as national-wide media attention - highlighting the importance of the centre. This will be a space for healing and education for years to come.

To find out more about this project, visit the project page.

The Georgia Straight (April 9, 2018): Photos: Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre officially opens at UBC

The Globe and Mail (April 9, 2018): UBC President set to apologize for University's role in residential schools

Maclean's Magazine (April 9, 2018): University of British Columbia apologizes for role in residential schools

CBC News (April 10, 2018): 'Failing to confront a heinous history:' UBC apologizes to victims of residential school

The Star Vancouver (April 10, 2018): UBC President Apologizes for University's Participation in Oppression of Indigenous People

CTV News (April 9, 2018): UBC President Apologizes for 'failing to confront' over residential schools