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New selective languages bibliography for BC Breath of Life

New selective languages bibliography for BC Breath of Life

Welcome to all the participants at Breath of Life! As part of the upcoming the BC Breath of Life Archival Institute for First Nations Languages, Xwi7xwa Library has produced a selective languages bibliography for participants and language researchers. The week-long institute, which runs from May 14 – 20, is hosted by the First Nations and Endangered […]

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Dr. Daniel Heath Justice wins UBC Killam Research Prize

Dr. Daniel Heath Justice wins UBC Killam Research Prize

Xwi7xwa congratulates Dr. Daniel Heath Justice for being awarded the UBC Killam Research Prize. For more information, please see the award announcement.  

French language Aboriginal curriculum resources

French language Aboriginal curriculum resources

This growing French language collection is one of the newest editions to Xwi7xwa Library. These resources are meant to support educators and students with integrating Aboriginal ways of knowing and learning within the mandate of the new BC curriculum. In its present state, the majority of the titles in this section are geared towards children […]

Kent Monkman in the Collection

The multi-disciplinary Cree artist Kent Monkman is well represented in the Xwi7xwa collection with the entirety of his video work: a collection of short films that span the past two decades and multiple film genres. Highlights of the video collection include Monkman’s debut, “A Nation is Coming,” and “A Taxonomy of the European Male,” which […]

X̱wi7x̱wa materials to move offsite to accommodate expanding collection

X̱wi7x̱wa materials to move offsite to accommodate expanding collection

Xwi7xwa Library, in collaboration with First Nations House of Learning, is moving lower used materials to one of two storage locations on campus, effective March 2017.  This helps to ensure the long term preservation of these items while maintaining their accessibility for our users. It will also increase the capacity for adding new items to […]

Xwi7xwa welcomes the 2017 NAISA conference

Xwi7xwa welcomes the 2017 NAISA conference

From June 22 to 24, 2017, the University of British Columbia and its co-hosts will welcome NAISA, the largest scholarly organization devoted to Indigenous issues and research, to UBC’s Vancouver campus on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam Nation. Xwi7xwa will host a small lunch and tour for delegates interested in learning more […]

“Family Circle” by Chester Lawson

This design is the family crest of the artist, Chester Lawson. Killer Whale, Raven, and Eagle make up this crest. Chester was born in Bella Bella and is a teacher and high school counselor. Chester donated the use of “Family Circle” to the BC Library Association’s First Nations Interest Group to fund raise for the […]

Graphic novels at X̱wi7x̱wa

Graphic novels at X̱wi7x̱wa

Xwi7xwa has a growing collection of Indigenous graphic novels and comic books. Ranging from single issue comics to whole multi-book series, the graphic novel collection is as diverse in stories and voices as the rest of the library’s collection. The entire collection is findable all together on the shelf, or searchable on the UBC Library’s […]

Our name means “echo” in Squamish

Our name means “echo” in Squamish

The name Xwi7xwa was first given to William Bellman by Chief Simon Baker. Bellman’s generous donation and support helped bring Xwi7xwa Library into being. “Chief Baker bestowed the Squamish name Xwi7xwa, pronounced ‘whei wha,’on William Bellman…[He] explained:  ‘Xwi7xwa means “echo” in our language.  When our people travelled in the early days, the echo served as […]