Report Marks the End of Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's Term

July 04, 2022

Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, has published a comprehensive report, detailing the activities of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre over the past four years.

The report's publication marks the end of Dr. Turpel-Lafond’s term as Academic Director with the Centre, a position she stepped into in 2018. As she steps away from work with the Centre, Dr. Turpel-Lafond notes that we need to celebrate the work done to date, in cooperation with Survivors and Indigenous communities. "There is much work to be done going forward," she says, "especially in the areas where the Centre’s expertise and programs can be in service to Indigenous peoples—such as through oral testimony collection, digitization of records and repatriation of materials to families and communities."

During her time at the Centre, Dr. Turpel-Lafond has made an enormous contribution to the advancement of Indigenous peoples' human rights and to UBC’s progress in meeting its reconciliation goals. “On behalf of the entire Centre staff, both present and past, it has been a true privilege and honour to work with Mary Ellen these past years,” says Elizabeth Shaffer, the Centre’s Executive Director. “She has provided the vision, direction, and advocacy needed for the Centre to uphold Survivors and ground our work in human rights and anti-racism. Her guidance and strength will be truly missed, and we wish her all the best.”

Please join the team at the Centre in wishing Mary Ellen a fond farewell and thanking her for her enormous contribution to the Centre and UBC, in the advancement of Indigenous peoples' human rights.

Read the Centre's 4-Years in Review report.
Learn more about Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's work.

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