UBC concludes investigation into ‘Pocahontas chant’

October 23, 2013

The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia has pledged to include Indigenous topics as part of the school's core curriculum, in response to a fact-finding report that determined “there is very little awareness of Indigenous peoples and their concerns among the students … interviewed.” The investigation was launched after reports emerged that students took part in so-called “Pocahontas chants” during UBC Commerce Undergraduate Society Frosh activities. The UBC First Nations Studies Program issued a statement calling the chants “an act of astonishingly poor judgment,” and suggesting the need for further education of Indigenous history and culture. Sauder Dean Robert Helsley stated students will now also “participate in workshops involving the First Nations Studies Program, and first-year orientation will be redesigned to include education in Aboriginal issues.” UBC News Release | FNSP Statement | CBC | The Tyee