It says it gained’t offer additional touch upon Turpel-Lafond’s case, however that it broadly condemns Indigenous identification fraud.
Turpel-Lafond has not responded to earlier requests for remark, though she instructed the CBC when she was rising up she didn’t query the organic parentage of her father, who she had mentioned was Cree.
UBC, the place Turpel-Lafond was a tenured regulation professor and served as director of the Indian Residential College Historical past and Dialogue Centre, introduced this month she was not with the college as of Dec. 16.
“Whereas we have now sought recommendation, we wish to state emphatically that we take full duty for the actions and inactions of UBC on this matter,” mentioned the UBC assertion launched Tuesday and co-signed by Gage Averill, provost and tutorial vice-president.
Vancouver Island College president Deborah Saucier mentioned that “false claims of Indigenous ancestry trigger hurt to Indigenous Peoples.”
“This is the reason VIU’s future coverage on Indigenous identification will honour the contributions of Indigenous college students, college, workers and group leaders and can embrace safeguards to substantiate Indigenous identification going ahead.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Jan. 17, 2023.
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