Indigenous Culture Month

Indigenous Culture Month

Indigenous Culture Month

Indigenous Culture Month at UBC happens throughout October, right here on campus. It is a great opportunity for the UBC community to partake in reconciliation efforts and to celebrate Indigenous cultures. It is also a time to confront the country’s colonial past and how governments have treated First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples in Canada.

Every Child Matters.

As the first edition of the ICM was being organized in the 2021-22 academic year, 215 buried children were discovered on Residential School property in Kamloops, BC. Since then, more than 10,000 other victims have been found nationwide. The tragic uncoverings have brought many Canadians and communities worldwide to a time of reflection. At UBC, many efforts have been deployed to facilitate and activate reconciliation and healing processes on campus.

The AMS follows the current by organizing the second edition of Indigenous Culture Month. We are at crucial times where a simple celebration is not enough. We must honour those tragic discoveries and commit to the need for spaces and times for reconciliation and healing.

Our Goals and Objectives

For 2022, the ICM is an opportunity to celebrate Indigenous cultures, but also to confront colonial history in Canada. Through our goals and objectives, we aim to create a balance between festivity and reflection. To do so, the AMS will present a wide array of events, from performances to conferences, in which you will be able to gain knowledge about Indigenous Peoples.

Our logo

The AMS has reached out to Musqueam queer xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and tsimshian artist Chase Gray to design the official logo of the 2022 ICM.

Eagle uplifting children

Across Coast Salish lands, people have many different stories and teachings to do with eagle. Eagle can represent so many things: wisdom, resilience, peace. When I think of Every Child Matters, I often think of eagles, soaring high and free from the things our ancestors experienced. I imagine them bringing their spirits to soar through the skies with them.

Chase Gray

Many events will happen throughout October. Keep an eye on this page and our Events Calendar for more information. You can also check out our Instagram and TikTok accounts!