Extension of appointment for Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-Kwe), Director of the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

February 24, 2021

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond’s appointment as Director of the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre has been extended for a second term, commencing June 1, 2021.

Dr. Turpel-Lafond has been Director of the Centre since its inception in 2018. Since that time, she has worked to establish the Centre as a leading institution for culturally informed, reciprocal, community-led research, education and dialogues in partnership with Indigenous communities, Survivors and the University. Dr. Turpel-Lafond and her team have ensured the Centre works in service to Indigenous communities and peoples of Canada.

Through this reappointment, Dr. Turpel-Lafond will continue to lead in strengthening the Centre’s relationships with partners and communities, with the aim of bolstering a national archival network to support Survivor and community access to records.

Since 2018, the Centre has been a leader in facilitating meaningful and critical dialogue. The Centre hosted dialogue series on both Indigenous data, information and records, and on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Widely reviewed discussion papers, dialogue reports and summaries accompanied dialogue events, contributing significantly to public discourse on these critical topics.

I am excited to see the ways that Dr. Turpel-Lafond’s continued leadership will further advance engagement with academic and community collaborators. We are fortunate to have Dr. Turpel-Lafond at the helm of this important Centre, and we look forward to its continued evolution under her leadership. Please join me in thanking Dr. Turpel-Lafond and congratulating her on her reappointment.

The reappointment process was guided by an Advisory Committee comprising faculty, staff and student representatives. Thank you to the committee members for their work.

Andrew Szeri
Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Vancouver

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