Gene Joseph

Wet’suwet’en Nadleh’dena First Nations librarian from Hagwilget, British Columbia Founding Librarian of X̱wi7x̱wa Library (1984 – late 1990s)

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Gene Anne Joseph was the first librarian of the Indigenous descent in British Columbia. She was the founding librarian of the Xwi7xwa Library at the University of British Columbia. She worked at UBCIC Resource Centre and organized the collection at the IERC. She also developed the legal research library for the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en First Nations in support of Delgamuukw et al v. the Queen et al.
She advised & Oversaw research & litigation support for the Haida Aboriginal Title Case at White Raven Law from 2008 until her retirement in 2015. Gene also worked with EAGLE (Environmental Aboriginal Guardianship through Law and Education) organization from 2002-2006. There is an Endowment Scholarship which has been created in her name for Indigenous Student Librarians attending the iSchool at UBC. In 2018, she received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Vancouver Island University. The British Columbia Library Association, the First Nations Interest Group.

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