Indigenous Knowledge Organization

All X̱wi7x̱wa materials are catalogued on the UBC Library Catalogue. Select X̱wi7x̱wa as a location filter on the left navigation menu to limit results to items at Xwi7xwa.

Names of Nations

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

Subject Headings


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

Classification System


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.