Strategic Initiatives

Indigenous Research Support Initiative

The Indigenous Research Support Initiative (IRSI) was established by the UBC Vancouver campus in 2017 to develop tools and resources to support Indigenous community-based research at UBC.


  • Identifying and supporting collaborative research relationships with Indigenous communities and to create safe spaces for dialogue
  • Build better practices of engagement and capacity to undertake collaborative projects and co-create principles and effective practices of engagement
  • Supporting the development of emerging projects and research clusters between indigenous communities, university researchers and other partners


  • Point of contact for Indigenous communities and researchers
  • Coordination and co-development of collaborative research projects
  • Find resources to support the development of partnerships (research enabling grants)
  • Development of collaborative MOU’s, research agreements and engagement protocols
  • Ethics considerations
  • Information sharing
  • Relationship management and conflict resolution
  • Thought leadership
  • Opportunities for mutual learnings



Sandra Fox
Indigenous Community Liaison
250-807-8187 | | ADM006 (WK04)



Interior University Research Coalition

The Interior University Research Coalition (IURC) is a partnership between the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Prince George, Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, and the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna. At the heart of this coalition is a shared commitment to participating in partnerships that focus on:

  • Fostering research excellence, knowledge and innovation
  • Harmonizing resources
  • Enhancing academic opportunities
  • Increasing benefits for communities throughout the BC Interior


Janice Larson

Director, Tri-University Partnership
250.807.8025 |