Indigenous Knowledge Organization

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.


Library’s Names for BC First Nations in BC list will continue to be expanded and revised to best reflect the preferences of First Nations.

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. To learn more about Brian Deer, this article by Jean Weihs was published in tribute to him shortly after his death in 2019.






To learn more about how items at X̱wi7x̱wa are classified, watch this short video:

For more information see our Indigenous Librarianship research guide’s tab on Indigenous Knowledge Organization.