Dr. Jill Baird, Curator of Education/Public Programs at the UBC Museum of Anthropology is a remarkable woman. For almost two decades she’s mentored Aboriginal undergrads and worked in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, most notably Musqueam, Kwakwaka’wakw and Haida to develop educational/cultural programming for schools. Recently, the Women’s Memorial March Committee and Jill hosted Shared Bowl where DTES community members and UBC discussed how the University and Museum can participate in raising awareness on the issue of missing Aboriginal women from the Downtown Eastside – a concrete response to the cancellation of an exhibition on this issue.
Jill’s dissertation, Landed wisdoms: collaborating on museum education programmes with the Haida Gwaii Museum at Kaay Llnagaay was declared groundbreaking by her academic committee and perhaps more tellingly, celebrated by the Haida she worked with.
Jill’s commitment to furthering mutual respect, cooperation and understanding between cultures is an exemplary, ongoing contribution for Vancouver and beyond.