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Engaging with Indian Residential School histories and legacies can sometimes lead to emotional reactions and difficult thoughts and feelings, which might surface hours, days or even weeks later. This experience is perfectly normal. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, it is important to respect your needs and to be kind to yourself. There are many wellness resources available—for survivors and family members; Indigenous Peoples and community members; and UBC students, staff and faculty.
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- Weaving Relations—offered jointly by the Faculty of Applied Science and Faculty of Land and Food Systems and available to anyone at UBC with a campus-wide login.
- Indigenous Learning Pathways: Land Acknowledgements at UBC—a refreshed version of UBC’s land acknowledgments course, and well worth taking, even if you took the previous iteration.
- Register today for an October 4, 2023 guided tour of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC), organized by the SHCS Outstanding Workplace Committee.
- Visit the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre. The gallery is open several days a week for drop-in visits.
- Register for a Decolonization Tour with UBC’s Belkin Art Gallery.
- Take a virtual tour of the Totem Park Commonsblock, which features several installations about xʷməθkʷəy̓əm language, history and culture.
- Visit tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ student residence and explore the signage installation throughout the grounds, which features plants of cultural significance to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm people.
Besides deepening your knowledge and participating in activities on or off-campus, you might also consider making a donation. There are many Indigenous organizations to which you might donate, including the Indian Residential School Survivor’s Society or the Orange Shirt Society.
How you choose to donate, and how much you choose to give, is up to you; however, we recommend that you find organizations that directly support Indigenous people and communities and, where possible, are Indigenous-operated, to ensure your donation provides the most direct and effective support.