The purpose of the Indigenous Committee is to establish an Indigenous student governance system on the UBC Vancouver campus and to integrate Indigenous forms of knowledge and practice into the Alma Mater Society (the AMS).
The mandate of the Indigenous Committee is to work with the AMS, rather than have the AMS and, by extension, the University do work on our behalf. Our voices, our knowledge and our representation are essential to the true nature of Reconciliation as an action, an action that we are accountable to, as well as all citizens of this land.
The work and practices of the Indigenous Committee shall be done on the stolen lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people who have been a part of these sacred lands for millennia.
We, along with the University of British Columbia staff and faculty and its approximately 57,000 students, are all guests on this campus, and the larger territory that borders the Squamish and the Tsleil-Waututh nations. As guests, it is our responsibility to recognize this land as stolen and sacred, and we must all do our best to honour our hosts as uninvited visitors.
It is our priority to honour Musqueam, and the land that we live and work on through partnerships or the way we conduct ourselves as a Committee.
We are Indigenous students of the UBC Vancouver campus whose traditional lands fall within the colonially constructed borders of Canada and the United States of America (we recognize that borders are arbitrary and that many Indigenous nations do not recognize these borders, though they may be constricted by them). Our committee is composed of current Indigenous students who pay regular student fees to the AMS on the UBC Vancouver campus.
The Indigenous Committee Executive shall be composed of:
The Indigenous Committee shall: