Catalogue & Subject Headings

All X̱wi7x̱wa materials are catalogued on the UBC Library Catalogue

To search only X̱wi7x̱wa materials, from the UBC Library Catalogue, go to the Branch Location drop down menu (located under the Search Catalogue menu), and select X̱wi7x̱wa as a location. You can search for materials, such as books, theses, videos and journals by author, title or keyword.

Subject Headings:

As of May 2009, we are celebrating because over 10,000 First Nations House of Learning subject headings are again available to browse search on the UBC Library catalogue . For example, this means you can search by subjects such as:

First Nations – Residential schools
First Nations – Bill C-31

Between May 2004-April 2009 access to the First Nations House of Learning subject headings was lost due to a system migration to the Endeavor catalogue.

X̱wi7x̱wa uses the heading First Nations rather than the LC Subject Indians of North America and follows a standard order of [topic]-[place]-[chronology]-[form]

For example

First Nations – education – british columbia – bibliography

First Nations House of Learning Thesaurus:

As a result of seeking ways to repatriate our subject headings, the United States Library of Congress MARC Standards Office authorized the development of a new Indigenous Thesaurus, the First Nations House of Learning Thesaurus. The design work and project planning for the First Nations House of Learning Thesaurus has been delayed and is now scheduled for Winter 2010.

X̱wi7x̱wa is developing an authority list of First Nations Names. The Library strives to respect the First Nations-preferred names and spellings of nations.

X̱wi7x̱wa uses a British Columbia variant of the Xwi7xwa classification system, developed by Kahnawake librarian, Brian Deer for the National Indian Brotherhood in the 1970s. The National Indian Brotherhood is now the Assembly of First Nations.

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