Linc Kesler, seen on April 3, is director of UBC’s First Nations House of Learning and senior adviser to the UBC president on Indigenous issues. Dr. Kesler’s mother, who was American, went to an Indian boarding school in Kansas: She never spoke
about her experience there until she was in her 90s.
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The University of British Columbia has opened the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, according to the Canadian Press. The Centre, which contains archival photos, maps, and personal accounts of survivors collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, is intended to raise awareness about the abuses committed at the schools, said Linc Kesler, Director of the First Nations House of Learning at UBC. Kesler added that the Centre also includes an archive for those who wish to research further the legacy of settler colonialism in Canada. Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark called the Centre an example of ‘reconciliation in action.’ “I want people to be talking about this so that we don’t repeat history,” she said.