We are the University of Northern British Columbia. We came to life at the insistence of the residents of Northern British Columbia. They wanted to make it possible for their children to receive a university education without having to go elsewhere. We are a regional university and have campuses in Quesnel, Terrace and Fort St. John as well as enjoying a federation agreement with the Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl (House of Wisdom) Nisga’a Institute situated on Gitwinksihlkw Village Lands within Nisg̱a’a Treaty territory. We are also strongly Indigenous in our focus. We share a strong partnership with the Lheidli T’enneh Nation on whose unceded territory we exist here in Prince George, and with other First Nations and Métis communities throughout the North.
Without reservation we strongly support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its Calls to Action. We take to heart the findings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as well as “In Plain Sight” the report on racism and discrimination in British Columbia Health Care. We are addressing the evil of racism directly as well as all aspects of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We want to be a racism-free institution that embraces all cultures and makes everyone feel welcome and accepted. We are not perfect and are struggling to implement our desires. However, we will not rest until these goals are achieved.