Collections

The collections currently comprise approximately 12,000 items including about 6,000 books, 450 videos, 5,000 vertical file materials, curriculum resources, journals and newspapers, maps, posters, theses and dissertations, the G.A. (Bud) Mintz special collection, and some archival materials. The collections focus on First Nations in British Columbia, including contextual materials on Canadian First Nations, in addition to issues of national and international interest to First Nations and Indigenous peoples. X̱wi7x̱wa collects materials written from First Nations perspectives, such as materials produced by First Nations, First Nations organizations, tribal councils, schools, publishers, researchers, writers and scholars.


Featured collections

X̱wi7x̱wa Video Playlist

 

Did you know that you can watch X̱wi7x̱wa’s playlist of videos online?

UBC Library uses a platform called McIntyre Media to stream videos we’ve subscribed to.

  1. Search the phrase “Mcintyre media” in simple search and filter the results to Online OR click this link.
  2. Select any of the titles on the list to see their record.
  3. Under Actions on the right hand side click Online to gain access to 165 titles

Not sure what to watch? Check out these selected titles!

 

  1. Indigo by Amanda Strong

Indigo tells the story of a woman who confronts her internal war with the help of grandmother spider and faces the many layers of herself and life, to revitalize her spirit. Indigo examines the implications of the decline of the imagination concurrent with the rise of rationality and the cyclical war these two archetypes engage in.

 

2. Butterfly Monument by Jules Koostachin and Rick Miller

Butterfly Monument documents the creation a public memorial dedicated to the late Shannen Koostachin, a young Cree education advocate from Attawapiskat First Nation, Moskekowok territory. Through personal stories shared by Shannen’s immediate family we learn about who Shannen was and what motivated her passionate crusade for equitable access to education for Indigenous children and youth.

 

3. Crossed Mask by Christiana Latham

This work is based on questions about nicknames, what they were and why they were. It is an analysis of the labels and nicknames used within and in relation to my family.

 

4. He Who Dreams by Dana Claxton

A supernatural spiritual art film about a man who is in the dreamworld and the real world. The dreamworld and real worlds can be very similar.

 

5. The Oldest Tree in the World by Cara Mumford and Leanne Simpson

The Oldest Tree in the World is a love song to the oldest sugar maple in the region, living just outside of Peterborough in Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park. This grandmother tree, one of our oldest living relations, has witnessed over 500 years of history.

 

6. Stolen by Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs and Prospector Films

14 year old Shayna runs away from her group-home and into the truck of a dangerous man. As a result, she becomes one of Canada’s 1200+ Missing and Murdered Indigenous women.

 

 

Xwi7xwa would like to thank Elena Pederson, Publications & Web Services Assistant, from UBC Education Library for her work on designing our digital signage.

Take a Break!

It’s a busy time of year and it’s important to give your brain a break. Although we have many resources to help you study and support your final papers, we also have titles that can help you unwind. Beading, cooking and recipes, coloring, leisure reading, comedy, and more!

 

Here are few suggestions or ask us!

 

Beadwork: First Peoples’ Beading History and Techniques by Christi Belcourt with Teacher’s Guide

First Nations, Métis and Inuit beadwork are beautiful art forms that are unique to North America. The patterns and techniques created and passed down through generations of our grandmothers are still being used today. Beadwork is not simple decoration of material goods. It is an expression of identity. It is an art form that connects us to the skills, the sacrifices and the creativity of our ancestors. Beadwork carries images that are ancient and reflect spiritual beliefs. And even more than that, beadwork is a healing art. Diagrams and step-by-step instructions for different techniques included.

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Sacred Feminine: an Indigenous Art Colouring Book by Jackie Traverse

The beautiful and intricate works of art within depict images of strength, resilience and empowerment. With each image, the artist explains the symbolism and meaning represented. The first of its kind, Sacred Feminine is intended to heal and educate readers and colourers of all ages.

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Cards Against Colonialism: a Party Game for Indigenant Peoples

We are stronger when we laugh. Cards Against Colonialism embraces modern native culture, and helps us to learn and laugh at the same time.

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Wolastoqiyik lintuwakonawa by Jeremy Dutcher

Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa is the debut album by Canadian composer and tenor, Jeremy Dutcher – which involves post-classical rearrangement of his Wolastoq First Nation traditional music. Granted access to the Canadian Museum of History, Jeremy discovered wax cylinders from 1907 of his ancestors singing forgotten songs and stories that had been taken from the Wolastoqiyik Nation generations ago. The album is Jeremy’s contribution to his heritage and community in attempts to revitalize the Wolastoq language to the world, which has less than 100 speakers alive today.

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Candies: a Humour Composite by Basil Johnston

Basil Johnston was one of the foremost Anishinaabe writers and storytellers, and his comedic stories about life in Residential School, Indian School Days, is a classic. Candies was Johnston’s first collection of humorous works in decades.

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Redskins, Tricksters and Puppy Stew presented by the National Film Board of Canada; producer, Silva Basmajian; director and narrator, Drew Hayden Taylor

This feature documentary hilariously overturns the conventional notion of the “stoic Indian” and shines a light on an overlooked element of Indigenous culture: humour and its healing powers.

Featuring an engaging cast of characters, the film is an in-depth, laugh-a-minute tour of complex issues like identity, politics, and racism.

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Xwi7xwa would like to thank Elena Pederson, Publications & Web Services Assistant, from UBC Education Library for the digital signage that inspired this series.

Xwi7xwa Spotlight Series

 

Xwi7xwa Library is excited to announce our new Spotlight Series featuring select titles from our collection.

New Materials at Xwi7xwa

Every book in the Spotlight Series is new to our Library! Although you can find new books in the UBC catalogue, you won’t see a call number for them. For the time being new books, DVDs, and CDs are organized alphabetically by title. Visit us in person to find out more!

 

Starlight: an unfinished novel by Richard Wagamese

The novel follows a mother, Emmy, and daughter, Winnie, who are escaping an abusive past. When the two meet Frank Starlight, a small town farmer, an unlikely family is created. But their past is persistent and the two cannot outrun the hunger of an ex’s revenge.

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For more Indigenous Fiction at Xwi7xwa!

 

 

 

 

 

Reawakening Our Ancestors’ Lines: Revitalizing Inuit Traditional Tattooing compiled by Angela Hovak Johnston

Collected in this beautiful book are moving photos and stories from more than two dozen women who participated in Johnston’s project. Together, these women are reawakening their ancestors’ lines and sharing this knowledge with future generations.

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Split ToothSplit Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

A girl grows up in Nunavut in the 1970s. She knows joy, and friendship, and parents’ love. She knows boredom, and listlessness, and bullying. She knows the tedium of the everyday world, and the raw, amoral power of the ice and sky, the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol, and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surround her, and the immense power that dwarfs all of us. When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all of this.

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Not Extinct: Keeping the Sinixt Way by Marilyn James and Taress Alexis ; with the Blood of Life Collective

What does it look like to return from Extinction? In this book, Sinixt storytellers and knowledge-keepers Marilyn James and Taress Alexis address the reality of their living culture in the face of Canada’s bureaucratic genocide of their people in 1956. Through lively story and discussions by the authors, each chapter illuminates the Sinixt relationship with the upper Columbia River watershed and their quest to reclaim their rights and responsibilities in their x̆a?x̆a? tum xúla?x, their sacred homeland.

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Seven Sacred TruthsFront CoverSeven Sacred Truths: Poems by Wanda John-Kehewin

Seeing the world through “brown” eyes, poet Wanda Jogn-Kehewin makes new meaning of the past, present, and future through a consideration of Love, Wisdom, Truth, Honesty, Respect, Humility, and Courage. John-Kehewin shares her personal experiences and journey towards healing and invites readers to transform through their own truths.

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Xwi7xwa would like to thank Elena Pederson, Publications & Web Services Assistant, from UBC Education Library for the digital signage that inspired this series.

In Honour of Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day Display

In honour of Orange Shirt Day on September 30, Xwi7xwa Library is highlighting materials in our collection with related themes: the residential school experience, healing journeys of the survivors and their families, and the ongoing process of reconciliation. Our materials on these topics include a range of formats (books, DVDs, government reports, graphic novels, and more), created for diverse audiences, including children, teachers, and scholars, Indigenous community members and non-Indigenous allies. To find these materials at Xwi7xwa, search “Residential schools” on our online catalogue and filter by Location: Xwi7xwa Library, or try searching for subject headings starting with First Nations–Residential schools. Our research guide on the Indian Residential School System in Canada is another excellent resource. As always, you’re welcome to come by Xwi7xwa to browse our shelves, check out our display, or ask us for help!

Happy Pride from Xwi7xwa Library!

At Xwi7xwa, we are proud of our growing collection of materials that celebrate the two-spirit, queer, and trans members of our communities. Our collection contains a range of genres and formats (including novels, memoirs, poetry, graphic novels, DVDs, and academic works) centering Indigenous perspectives on gender and sexuality. More and more of this material is being created by (rather than about) Indigenous people who identify as part of the LGBTQ2S community. Our collection features Gwen Benaway, Daniel Heath Justice, Qwo-Li Driskill, Kent Monkman, Thirza Cuthand, Tomson Highway, Sharron Proulx-Turner, Joshua Whitehead, Chrystos, and many more authors, artists, and scholars. Try searching the UBC Library Catalogue using keywords like two-spirit, queer, transgender, bisexual, lesbian, gay, or LGBT, and filtering by Location: Xwi7xwa Library. Or just come into the library to browse the shelves and check out our display!