Santa Ono

PRES­I­DENT, UBC

Vancouver Magazine - - Taste -

PRE­VI­OUSLY # 22, 2016 As Van­cou­ver’s big­gest em­ployer and a big driver of its eco­nomic en­gine, Uni­ver­sity of Bri­tish Columbia gets its fair share of the spot­light—es­pe­cially when things go awry. Pres­i­dent Santa Ono, two years into his term, has gen­er­ally been able to right the ship—and has been proac­tively try­ing to ad­vance UBC as an in­sti­tu­tion com­mit­ted to di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion. In April, Ono ap­pointed Mary Ellen Turpel-la­fond, an In­dige­nous lawyer and for­mer judge (and B.C.’S for­mer rep­re­sen­ta­tive for chil­dren and youth), as UBC’S in­au­gu­ral di­rec­tor of the new In­dian Res­i­den­tial School His­tory and Di­a­logue Cen­tre. As part of the an­nounce­ment, he also for­mally apol­o­gized to sur­vivors of In­dian res­i­den­tial schools for the role UBC played in sup­port­ing a sys­tem that ru­ined the lives of thou­sands of young chil­dren.

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