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Waterfall Revitalization Project

Waterfall Revitalization Project

The waterfall outside Xwi7xwa was original Chief Simon Baker’s idea and has been a part of the Longhouse since its creation, serving as a reminder that “water is the most important thing in our lives.” [i] After 24 years, some elements of this feature were in need of repair and we are excited to announce […]

Our loan periods are changing

Our loan periods are changing

We’re happy to announce that, starting this September, many of our loan periods are changing. Graduate loans now span an eight week period on standard items, while faculty borrowing from Xwi7xwa will be able to check out standard materials for the entire winter term through to April.

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 […]

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 […]