"In the history of relations between Canadian institutions and Indigenous peoples, terminology has often been deployed in ways that have been damaging to communities. The terminology used in public discourse has rarely been that actually preferred by Indigenous people, who most often refer to themselves by the traditional name of their specific group. Using the best terminology in any given situation is not just a matter of being ‘politically correct’ but of being respectful and accurate." (p.5)
"The Indigenous Strategic Plan sets out a series of eight goals and 43 actions the university will collectively take in order to advance our vision of becoming a leading university globally in the implementation of Indigenous peoples’ human rights. The plan is the university’s response to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice. It is also UBC Vancouver’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action."
B.C.R.D.H. is the parent of two regional aggregate collections: Digitized Okanagan History (2017 - present) and Kootenay/Columbia Digitized History (2019 - present). Together, these aggregate collections represent historical, primary source, and archival materials housed in community heritage institutions throughout the Okanagan, Shuswap, Similkameen, Boundary, West Kootenay, East Kootenay, and Columbia regions of British Columbia’s southern interior.