Supporting Indigenous Communities

Centre for Indigenous Fisheries (CIF)

The Centre is committed to research, teaching, and service that places community needs and interests at the heart of all they do. Their work ultimately aims to support the management and protection of culturally significant fish and fisheries in ways that uphold and respect Indigenous rights, values, practices and knowledge systems.


Indigenous Relations and UBC

Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

The City of Vancouver is within the overlapping traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and selílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, while UBC is situated on the land of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm. Land acknowledgments are the most common way members of the University can begin to participate in reconciliation with the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm people. At UBC, a land acknowledgment is usually given before public events, presentations, and ceremonies, and sounds like this:

We would like to acknowledge that we are gathered today on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

Land or territorial acknowledgments are important because they publicly give recognition that the University is on land that was taken from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm people without a legal treaty (“unceded”), and this land still retains traditional and ancestral value to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm. Recognizing and acknowledging the injustice inherent in UBC’s occupation of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm land is a necessary first step towards reconciliation. For students who may not be familiar with Indigenous peoples in BC and Canada, land acknowledgements can be a first introduction to this history. Still, they can be seen as an empty gesture if not followed by meaningful action. Therefore, it is vital to critically engage with actions and events on campus, and what can be done to actively support the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and other Indigenous communities beyond land acknowledgments at UBC.

More information about reconciliation efforts


In Canada

  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action
  • The Indigenous Foundations website is a great information resource on key topics relating to the histories, politics, and cultures of the Indigenous peoples of Canada

The World

  • Wherever you’re from within Canada, the U.S. or other parts of the world, Indigenous peoples have lived there for thousands of years. Find out who those peoples are and take the time to learn more about the communities who call this land home