In this issue, we highlight the raising of the Reconciliation Pole at UBC Vancouver, Biodiversity Showcase, Earth Day events and more!
Campus and Community Planning
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A monument to reconciliation
“Michael, ease off a little there,” yells MC Gordie Russ. “Buddy, pull some more. Gently now. Take up the slack.”
It’s nearly 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 1 2017, and a crowd of more than three thousand people has gathered on Main Mall at UBC to help raise the Reconciliation Pole, a monument to the survivors of Canada’s residential schools. After hours of emotional speeches by Indigenous leaders and residential school survivors, hundreds of people have taken hold of five main ropes and begun to pull the massive pole skywards, under the close supervision of five rope directors and MC Russ.
“Steady now,” Russ cries as the 17-metre pole finally stands upright, still wobbling slightly from side to side. Then sunlight glints off the eagle on top, and the crowd lets out a huge cheer.
The raising was a cathartic moment for Haida master carver and hereditary chief 7idansuu (Edenshaw), James Hart, who had been working on the pole for more than two years, with a team of assistants.
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Biodiversity is the foundation of life, and one of the most valuable resource on our planet. Despite its importance, current patterns of consumption don’t account for the true value of biodiversity, which is why it’s under threat all over the world; some estimates say global biodiversity has gone down more than 50 percent since 1972.
That’s the impetus behind a new biodiversity initiative, launched at a Biodiversity Showcase at Beatty Museum of Biodiversity on March 17, 2017. The initiative is overseen by SEEDS (Social Ecological Economic Development Studies) Sustainability Program, and like the many SEEDS projects now taking place on campus, is a unique partnership between faculty, staff and Campus + Community Planning, which oversees SEEDS.
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Utown@UBC grants program recipients announced
We’ve awarded almost $30,000 in grants to community members through the UTown@UBC Grants Program since last fall. This year, we are also excited to announce the expansion of our grants program through a partnership with the Vancouver Foundation Neighbourhood Small Grant program to include eligibility to staff, faculty, students and Musqueam community members.
We are continually impressed by the quality and creativity of projects organized by community members. This year’s grant projects included a rooftop lantern festival at the AMS Nest and a cedar weaving project led by the Musqueam community members.
Find out about these and other projects coming to your neighbourhood on our website.
In the Spotlight
UBC’s Next Century strategic planning process
Welcome to David Waldron
Students learn through community projects
Earth Day: UBC seed library at Wesbrook
Saturday, April 22, 2-4pm
Everyone is welcome to attend this free event supported by Utown @ UBC Community Grants. Learn more.
UBC ExL offers free online course on ecodesign for cities and suburbs
Lee Square light shows
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