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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 […]

“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

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

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 […]

Longhouse Decking and Walkway Replacement Work

UPDATE:  The walkway construction is completed.  Wheelchair access is available again.  (November 4, 2016) The wooden decking surrounding the Longhouse and the walkway to Xwi7xwa Library has reached the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced. After considerable consultation with university staff, the original architects, Verna Kirkness, community members, and others, it has been decided that the […]