UBC’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθ kwə y̓ə m (Musqueam) people. What does this mean?
Traditional: recognizes lands traditionally used and/or occupied by the Musqueam people or other First Nations in other parts of the country.
Ancestral: recognizes land that is handed down from generation to generation.
Unceded: refers to land that was not turned over to the Crown (government) by a treaty or other agreement.
The land that UBC is situated on has always been a place of learning for the Musqueam people, who for millennia have passed on their culture, history, and traditions from one generation to the next on this site. As researchers working on this land to advance sustainable, healthy, and just communities for humans and more-than-humans, it is critical that we reflect on the historical and ongoing relationships between this place and its traditional caretakers, and commit to action towards reconciliation (Truth and Reconciliation Commission 2015) and anti-colonial research (CLEAR 2017) recognizing that what this work will look like may differ between us based on our individual identities, positionalities, and abilities.
Goal: We do research to improve how modelling, data science, and assessment are used to support socio-ecological decision-making and advance sustainable, healthy, and just futures for human and more-than-human beings. We focus on issues of pollution, climate, energy, health, and justice.
As we do this work, we try to centre the following values. These have been developed collectively by our lab members, and may evolve over time!
Community, collaboration, and care
Curiosity and openness
Accountability, learning, and growth