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Orange Shirt Day (Sept. 29): Recognizing the history and the legacy left behind by Residential Schools

A message from the Equity & Inclusion Office

Each year on Sept. 30, we recognize Orange Shirt Day as an acknowledgement of the harm that the residential school system did to thousands of indigenous children. At the same time, Orange Shirt Day has come to mean more – it is an opportunity to do anti-racism work and to reinforce anti-bullying policies; it is a time to come together in reconciliation and truth. Join us and wear orange on Sept. 29.

On April 1, 2017, UBC raised a Reconciliation Pole at the Vancouver campus symbolizing the experiences of residential school students and the path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Likewise, at UBC Okanagan, the Story Poles by Les Louis represent the seven bands of the Okanagan Nation Alliance and uses ancestral pictographs to tell their stories.

As a teaching, learning, and research institution, UBC’s efforts are further focused on exploring and advancing knowledge in regards to our collective history and experiences, including through the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre scheduled to be open in 2017/2018 academic year.

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Rehearsing Conflict: A Forum Theatre Performance (June 29, 2017)

Rehearsing Conflict: A Forum Theatre Performance

June 29, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm at Dorothy Somerset Studio [map]

This summer, members of the UBC community have come together to share and act out stories of conflict in order to find solutions, challenge assumptions, and build understanding, in the Rehearsing Conflict: Theatre Workshop Series. Join us for the final performance on June 29, for a unique theatrical experience that will feature the results of this work.

This free show will involve reflection on the difficult conversations we all face in the UBC workplace and there will be space for interactive community dialogue. In forum theatre, some audience members even voluntarily become part of the story by jumping on stage. Everyone is encouraged to attend and interact with the performance at their own comfort level.

There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP via email to

Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge: May 15 – June 9, 2017 (Vancouver campus)

Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge: May 15 – June 9, 2017 (Vancouver campus)

Photo by Edna Winti

Staff and faculty at the UBC Vancouver campus are invited to participate in the Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge, May 15 – June 9, 2017. Register by May 10 to take part.

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