Implementing Indigenous human rights
The Indigenous Strategic Plan provides thoughtful guidance for action and a framework for reconciliation in a post-secondary context. In post-TRC Canada, we are morally and ethically compelled to implement these global human rights standards. Pursuing reconciliation is a collective university responsibility, a thread that runs through all areas of the university. The following section is designed to guide and enable Faculties and others to follow through on the university’s commitment to meaningful reconciliation. It is intended not as a portfolio in itself but rather, as a guide to help Faculties, units and portfolios develop their own plans for implementation, considering their unique contexts and capabilities.
In short, it is an enabling document. In implementing Indigenous human rights as a university community, we build an environment in which students, faculty and staff will share intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect for the rights of all peoples.
We’re involved in a national project of remedial learning, and the academy is in the front row.”
Transforming intent into action
Leading at all levels:
Prioritize the advancement of Indigenous peoples’ human rights and respect for Indigenous peoples at all levels of UBC’s leadership and accountability structure.
Advocating for the truth:
Facilitate open public dialogue about truth, reconciliation and the recognition of Indigenous peoples’ human rights.
Moving research forward:
Support research initiatives that are reciprocal, community-led, legitimize Indigenous ways of knowing and promote Indigenous peoples’ self-determination.
Indigenizing our curriculum:
Include Indigenous ways of knowing, culture, histories, experiences and worldviews in curriculum delivered across Faculties, programs and campuses.
Recruiting Indigenous people:
Position UBC as the most accessible large research university globally for Indigenous students, faculty and staff.
Providing tools for success:
Forge a network of Indigenous peoples’ human rights resources for students, faculty, staff and communities.