In the November edition of Edubytes, our editorial explores the development and implementation of UBC’s recently launched Indigenous Strategic Plan. Our guest editors include Alex Ash, Indigenous Strategic Planning Manager; Amy Perreault, Senior Strategist, and Bronte Burnette, Educational Resource Developer from the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology’s Indigenous Initiatives; Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot, Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs; and Dr. Margaret Moss, Director and Vicki George, Assistant Director of the First Nations House of Learning.
On September 14, UBC launched its 2020 Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) — an important step on a path towards meaningful reconciliation.
In launching the ISP, we became the first university in North America to commit to the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The ISP represents a university-wide response to UNDRIP and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice. It also represents the UBC Vancouver campus’ response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.