In 2013, UBC announced that the Indian Residential Schools History and Dialogue Centre would be built on the south side of Library Garden, transforming a portion of the old Sedgewick Library. The new Dialogue Centre, and possibly a memorial sculpture, will provide a central and visible location for re-thinking the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and Canadian society in general.
The Dialogue Centre is a powerful recognition of Aboriginal history and presence in the heart of campus, in an area that is associated with knowledge, records and the preservation of memory. It will be a meeting place on campus for community members and scholars, and a place of research, education at UBC and beyond UBC, community engagement, and reconciliation.
UBC’s Dialogue Centre will be affiliated with the National Research Centre established by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in Winnipeg, and will be a place for former students, their families and communities, researchers and others to access the records gathered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and others. It will support community access, public programming, curriculum development, advanced research, and intensive and regular discussion on issues of common concern.
The Dialogue Centre provides UBC with an unparalleled opportunity to inform and educate the campus community and visitors, providing a more complete understanding of Canada, its history and its future.
Designing the Centre
The process to design the new Dialogue Centre is taking place in parallel with the process to re-design Library Garden. The two projects will inform each other throughout the design process to ensure that the landscape surrounding the Dialogue Centre meaningfully knits the Dialogue Centre and the Library Garden landscape together.
For more detailed information on the Indian Residential Schools History and Dialogue Centre visit aboriginal.ubc.ca.