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 Languages program. The institute brings together First Nations community language workers and university-based scholars to find and interpret materials relevant to language and culture reclamation. Through their study of archival materials and hearing presentations from scholars, language-affiliate teams will learn how archival or museum resources can support their efforts towards language revitalization, teaching, learning and/or further research.

Xwi7xwa library is honoured to be one of the sites of study during the institute, as one of the houses of Indigenous language materials at UBC. In support of the program, Xwi7xwa has identified relevant language materials in its collection and organized them in a special location for the participants’ project work.

Items have been grouped on the shelves at the front of the library according to language: Haida, Tlingit, Kaska, Tsilhqot’in, Nisga’a, Kwak’wala, Heiltsuk, Haisla, Nuu-chah-nulth, Hul’qumi’num, Sliammon, Lillooet, Secwepemc, and Ktunaxa.

Xwi7xwa has also produced a Selective Bibliography of Language Materials to support the on-going efforts of the participants both during and after the Institute.

Language-related materials are integrated throughout the entire Xwi7xwa collection, including in the subject areas of history and culture, literature, curriculum, and children’s literature. The guide to the collections helps participants find items quickly – giving them more time to spend with the materials, instead of looking for them!

About Breath of Life

The BC Breath of Life Archival Institute for First Nations Languages runs from May 14 – 20, 2017. For more information about the program, including information about the Host Committee, Sponsors, and more information for participants, please see the program website.

About Xwi7xwa

Xwi7xwa is a Squamish word meaning ‘echo,’ and is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam people. For more information about the library, please visit our About us page.