On April 9th, UBC and its partners celebrated the opening of the new Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre in my riding of Vancouver Quadra. UBC President Santa Ono took this opportunity to apologize for the university’s involvement in that harmful system.
Musqueam First Nation assisted this project of truth sharing, and local elders were present to talk about the long term impacts of residential schools.
The Centre provides a place for public education and dialogue on this dark chapter of our history to ensure the experiences, policies and abuse will never be forgotten.
Our government’s comprehensive approach to indigenous reconciliation is only a small part of our national journey. I commend President Ono and thank Director Linc Kesler for his years championing this project and making it a reality. Finally, thank you to the Musqueam First Nation for inspiring us with your experience and wise counsel.