Centennial Dialogues on Critical Issues in Land and Food Systems: First Nation’s perspective on history, food, and health – Oct 17, 2014

In collaboration with the UBC First Nations House of Learning and the Department of History

Friday, October 17th 2014
12:30pm to 2:30pm (Program 12:30-2:00pm; Reception 2:00-2:30pm)
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UBC First Nations Longhouse, Sty-Wet-Tan Hall
1985 West Mall, Vancouver, BC

Shortly after WWII, when knowledge about nutrition was still sparse, scientists in Canada took advantage of Aboriginal children in Indian Residential Schools (IRS) by using them as unknowing research subjects to investigate the effects of different diets and withholding dietary supplements. Evidence of these government-sanctioned experiments was recently published by food historian and UBC History alumnus Ian Mosby, and received widespread media attention across Canada. Now under the spotlight, attempts have been made to reconcile these past actions, provide support to survivors who were subjects in the experiments, and find ways to move toward a more civilized society for everyone in Canada.

The aftermath of these experiments still has an effect today in the lives of IRS survivors and inter-generational IRS survivors. Join us for a panel discussion about this dark era in Canadian history. Find out how UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems is working to address issues such as access to healthy food, food sovereignty, traditional food, food security for all and land stewardship.

Moderator: Prof. Rickey Yada


  • Ian Mosby — Postdoctoral Fellow, L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History, McMaster University
  • Eduardo Jovel — Director, Indigenous Research Partnerships; Associate Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Dawn Morrison — Research Associate, Indigenous Community Engagement
  • Jessie Newman — B.Sc. Student, UBC Dietetics Major, Food, Nutrition and Health Program

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