Raised so far
Julie Colleen Jackson was never long among strangers. Raised in Chilliwack, Julie’s passions and personality made her a true citizen of the world and helped create her greatest legacy: a global tribe of loved and loving friends and family whose lives she touched and who mourn her loss together across time zones, borders, and languages.
From a high school exchange in Germany, to her undergrad and graduate studies at UBC — including a scholarship that took her to Australia for a year — to stints in Victoria, Inuvik, Edmonton, Yellowknife and Vancouver, Julie made an impact wherever she called home. She was a tireless champion of social justice and had an insatiable thirst for politics. Julie devoted her extraordinary professional life to Aboriginal rights and reconciliation and spent countless hours in her spare time campaigning for and donating to progressive candidates in whatever riding she was living in when an election happened.
Her love of beauty shone through in every space she ever designed, every theme party she ever planned, every floral arrangement she ever produced, every spectacular meal she ever cooked.
Julie’s gift for languages and love of culture fueled a wanderlust that took her around the world. She gathered friends in every stop and loved every moment of every trip, but she found her soul in Italy and India.
It was shortly after her second trip to India in 2018 — a trip that inspired her to immediately start planning her third — that she was diagnosed with cancer. She spent the next 16 months between appointments and treatments and symptoms, filling her hospital room with friends and family, sharing and making memories, and squeezing every last drop of joy and laughter out of every day.
Julie left us on Thursday, September 12th. Her love, light and lessons will be with us forever.
The impact of your support
In memory of Julie’s life and contributions in the field of Aboriginal rights and political science, the Julie C. Jackson Memorial Fund has been established to support undergraduate Indigenous students in the Department of Political Science within the Faculty of Arts. Final decisions on the award description and student eligibility will be made in consultation with the family.