Leading the Advancement of Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights

UBC’s 2020 Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) outlines eight goals and 43 actions the University will collectively take to advance its vision of UBC as a leading university globally in the implementation of Indigenous Peoples’ human rights.

Implementation Tools & Resources

To help guide the implementation of the ISP, the Office of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives has developed a set of tools which units can use to help situate themselves in relation to Indigenous engagement and to start aligning their work with the Plan.

ISP Self-Assessment Tool

The ISP Self-Assessment Tool provides units with the opportunity to reflect and discuss their role at UBC within the context of Indigenous engagement.

Intent to Action Tool

The Intent to Action Tool provides a structure for units to review the Plan, identify the goals, and assess how you can contribute to implementing your goals.

Performance Measurement Framework

The Performance Measurement Framework can be used to measure progress towards ISP goals, including both qualitative and quantitative performance measures.

Implementing UNDRIP
at UBC

The Implementing UNDRIP at UBC provides a broad lens to contextualize and uphold the commitments UBC has made to promote the principles of UNDRIP.

Funding Streams

Indigenous Strategic Initiatives Fund

The Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (ISI) Fund supports implementation of the Indigenous Strategic Plan. Funds are available to support projects led by faculty, staff and students that advance the UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan implementation across both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

Honouring Place

The UBC Vancouver-Point Grey campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam) people. The UBC Okanagan campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation.

The xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm and Syilx peoples have been stewards and caretakers of these territories since time immemorial. To acknowledge and support this important role, UBC strives toward building meaningful, reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships with the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm and the Syilx peoples.


How was the ISI funding call developed?

The ISI Funding call was designed with wide engagement across UBC. Final decisions on the guidelines were made by the Indigenous Strategic Plan Executive Advisory Committee.

Who is eligible to apply to the ISI Fund?

UBCV and UBCO students, faculty, staff and post-doctoral fellows are all eligible.

A UBC undergraduate or graduate student may submit an ISI application as the Principal Applicant to Stream 3: Student-led Projects, as long as they have a UBC faculty or staff member as Co-Applicant who has provided their informed consent to participate in the project. Students may also be Co-Applicants on proposals submitted by faculty, staff or post-doctoral fellows to Streams 1 and 2.

UBC staff can submit an application to Stream 1: Innovative Projects or Stream 2: Transformative Projects.

Sessional lecturers or lecturers can submit an application to Stream 1: Innovative Projects or Stream 2: Transformative Projects. All sessional instructors/lecturers must have an active appointment at the time the funding decisions are being made (Summer 2023).

Post-doctoral fellows may apply as Principal Applicant to Stream 1: Innovative Projects or Stream 2: Transformative Projects. However, a faculty member must sign as Co-Applicant to the project and provide their informed consent to participate.

What are the key requirements for all ISI Fund projects?

Please visit the ISP website for adjudication criteria for each stream.

Can I hire students to support my ISI Fund project?

Yes, you may hire students to support your project in line with usual UBC policies and procedures. Note: Teaching Assistant costs will not be covered.

Should these initiatives be BC-based, or could they have a national or even global focus?

UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) illustrates the various relationships that UBC engages in locally and globally. Therefore, proposals with local, national, or even international focus, are welcome.

How do I submit my proposal?

Can I submit an application without the approval of my Department Head or Dean?

For Streams 1 and 2, your LOI can be submitted without the approval of your Department Head or Dean. However, applications which advance to the final application stage will need written approval from the Department Head or Dean.

For Stream 3 (student-led projects), advance approval is not needed from the Department Head or Dean.

When do I submit a progress report?

Project leads are required to provide milestone report every six months providing an overview of their progress. Project leads are also required to provide a financial report with their report.

We honour, celebrate and thank the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam) and Syilx Okanagan peoples on whose territories the main campuses of the University of British Columbia have the privilege to be situated.